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Antolik ’23 Honored for Eagle Scout Designation
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John Antolik ’23, a Bolles boarding student who officially earned his Boy Scout Eagle Scout distinction in the Summer 2020, was finally recognized for his honor at his Arizona troop ceremony during the recent holiday break.

Antolik joined Boy Scouts of America’s Troop 41 of the Grand Canyon Council in Phoenix, Arizona in 2011, when he was just in the first grade. He completed his Cub Scouting in the fifth grade by meeting the Arrow of Light rank requirements and entered the Boy Scouts afterward, working diligently each year until he completed his Eagle Scout project in July 2020.

Antolik’s Eagle Scout project was to build a fence around a school playground. The work required him to organize and assemble a group of scouts and adults from his troop to complete the project while following health guidelines during the pandemic. Though his work was approved virtually by the Grand Canyon Council Board of Review, COVID restrictions delayed his troop recognition ceremony until December 2021.

Antolik said he learned a great deal of perseverance through the process. This helped him understand perseverance also produces patience, which he said is necessary to be an overcomer and be a better leader. The experience helped him develop as a whole person while enjoying outdoor activities, and gaining skills and knowledge of the community, government and professions.

The Eagle Scout rank is the highest achievement available in scouting and is an honor attained by just 4 percent of scouts during the past 110 years.

 

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