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Brian Di Paolo, a member of Boy Scout Troop No. 177 in Stow, recently attained the rank of Eagle Scout, which is Scouting's highest honor.
Brian's completion of this rank was celebrated during a Court of Honor held on Oct. 21, his 18th birthday, at the Parish Hall of Holy Family Catholic Church in Stow, the sponsoring organization of the troop.
A senior at Stow-Munroe Falls High School, Brian has been active in Scouting since fourth grade, when he became a member of Pack No. 3174 at Woodland Elementary School. He became a Boy Scout in 2006, advancing through the ranks and leadership roles, including serving as senior patrol leader.
His Eagle Scout project was overseeing construction of an information kiosk at the Sancturetum, a park area in Stow. The project, from the planning stages through construction in May, took more than 200 hours to complete. A work team of about 30 Scouts and family members assisted in construction of the kiosk.
During his Scouting career, Brian earned 48 merit badges as well as an Eagle Palm, which is awarded to Scouts who have exceeded the requirements for the Eagle rank. He also earned the Ad Altare Dei and Pope Pius XII awards, which are presented to Catholic Scouts.
More than 50 Scouts, family and friends were on hand for the Court of Honor. Brian presented his godfather, Alan Bratnick of North Royalton, with the Eagle Scout mentor pin in gratitude for his assistance with the Eagle project. Special guests included Brian's grandmothers, Pauline Soule of Kent and Florence Orris of Broadview Heights, and Kent Mayor Jerry Fiala, a 1961 Eagle Scout, and his family.
Brian has worked at Camp Manatoc for the past two summers, most recently as a camp counselor. He plans to remain active in Scouting as an assistant scoutmaster.
In addition to Scouting, he is active at Stow-Munroe Falls High School as a member of the band, the cross-country team and National Honor Society. He also was a Boys State delegate.
He is a member of Immaculate Conception Parish in Ravenna.
Brian is the son of Roger Di Paolo of Stow and Carolyn Orris of Stow.