4 PJ students recognized as Eagle Scouts in fall

Director of Communications
Pope John XXIII Regional High School

SPARTA — Pope John XXIII Regional High School students Will Somma, Matt Salerno, Thomas Germano and Jesse Germano were recognized as Eagle Scouts during the fall.

As part of Troop 95 in Sparta, Somma earned his Eagle Scout rank on Nov. 15 after completing a service project in which he restored the Our Lady of Grace garden at Reverend George A. Brown Memorial School. Somma, a Pope John junior, created a GoFundMe page explaining the project and wound up raising more than $8,000 to allow him to redesign the fencing and landscape of the garden, which can be used for religious services.

Salerno, also a member of Troop 95 and a senior at Pope John, earned his title of Eagle Scout after constructing multi-functional benches for Our Lady of the Lake Church’s sister parish in Haiti, Our Lady of the Nativity. Salerno also created a GoFundMe page and was able to raise over $2,500 to help him build the benches using kits and lumber so children can use them for classwork, seating for liturgies, presentations and other meetings.

Thomas Germano, a Pope John senior, and Jesse Germano, a Pope John sophomore, were recognized for earning their Eagle Scout ranks at a Court of Honor on Sept. 30, 2017 as members of Troop 85 in Newton.

Thomas had earned his Eagle Scout rank on March 10, 2017 after completing his beautification project for Newton Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post #5360.  Working with a team of volunteers, Thomas replaced rotting mulch with decorative rock, repaired the flagpole’s broken light and stand, and constructed a new, painted sign with appropriate lighting for nighttime view. 

Jesse earned his title rank on June 21, 2017 after completing a project in which he had to tile and prepare the adoption room for O.S.C.A.R. (One Step Closer Animal Rescue), located in Stanhope. Jesse also painted several rooms and continues to collect donations for the shelter. 

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