Great Neck South High School seniors Aaron Banwer and Jason Biviano were recognized for receiving their Eagle Scout Awards, the highest rank attainable in Boy Scouts, during a reception at the Inn at Great Neck. Numerous dignitaries, including local politicians, school administrators and Scout leaders, paid tribute.
To achieve Eagle Scout, candidates must earn at least 21 merit badges and demonstrate Scout spirit through the Boy Scouts Oath and Law, service and leadership. An Eagle Scout must also complete an extensive service project that the Scout plans, organizes, leads and manages.
Banwer and Biviano earned more than the necessary 21 merit badges, fulfilled leadership, service and outdoor preparedness requirements, and completed Eagle Service projects.
Banwer’s project involved organizing and managing a team of volunteers and Scouts to build benches and bird houses for Alley Pond Environmental Center in Douglaston, which will allow both the people who visit and the animals that live there to further enjoy the sanctuary.
Biviano’s executed a beautification project, which involved planting trees, bushes and flowers, and creating a brick path at Great Neck South High School, where he created a leisure space for the school community and a display location for the award-winning Robotics Team’s trailer.
Town of North Hempstead Supervisor Judi Bosworth, Town Clerk Wayne Wink, Assemblywoman Lee Seeman and Nassau County Legislator Ellen Birnbaum commended the Scouts. Banwer and Biviano were presented with legislative resolutions sponsored by Senator Tom Suozzi in honor of their accomplishments.