Boy Scout Troop 9626

Shoreview Boy Scout Troop 9626 celebrated five of its members attaining the rank of Eagle Scout at a joint ceremony on Aug. 6. From left, Matthew Kolasa (previous Eagle Scout award recipient) and awardees Kellen O’Connor, Joseph Nussbaum, Noah Peirson, Zachary Sommerfeld and Michael Hannon. (courtesy of Boy Scout Troop 9626)

While Boy Scout troops traditionally have only one or two members attain the rank of Eagle Scout each year, Shoreview-based Troop 9626 recently celebrated five newly minted Eagle Scouts with a joint ceremony on Aug. 6. 

Each new Eagle Scout graduated from high school this past spring, and all of them were required to plan and implement a community service project in order to attain the Eagle rank. 

For his project, Michael Hannon built raised flowerbeds and laid playground turf for the Catholic Community of St. Odilia, where the Boy Scout troop is chartered. Hannon is an alumnus of Cretin Derham-Hall High School in St. Paul, as are three of his fellow awardees. 

Fellow Cretin-Derham Hall graduate Joseph Nussbaum built a pair of Little Free Libraries for use at two recreation centers in North Oaks, and two other former classmates did projects at their school. 

Noah Peirson built a wood curio cabinet for a Nativity set and Zachary Sommerfeld built benches for the band room in honor of Owen Loftus, a Troop 9626 Scout who passed away in September 2018.

Troop 9626’s fifth new Eagle Scout, Mounds View High School alum Kellen O’Connor, made tie blankets and collected supplies for Wags & Whiskers Animal Rescue as his Eagle project. 

In addition to these five young men, three scouts from Troop 9626 who graduated from high school this spring had already received their Eagle ranks over the past four years. 

Phillip Chervenak of Como Park High School in St. Paul earned his Eagle rank in 2015, after making benches for an outdoor classroom at Murray Middle School.

Isaac Wahlstrom, of Cretin-Derham Hall, also earned his Eagle in 2015. For his project, Wahlstrom did landscaping work for the temple at the Vietnamese Buddhist Association in Roseville.

Matthew Kolasa, of Mounds View High School, earned his Eagle in 2018 after doing landscaping work at St. Odilia’s faith formation building. 

Fellow Mounds View High School graduate Billy Booth has earned his rank since Aug. 6, having built a display case for the robotics program at St. Odilia School.

All nine of the Eagle Scouts started Cub Scouts together as first-graders in 2007. Troop 9626 is chartered by the Catholic Community of St. Odilia, and currently enrolls 67 scouts.

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