Andrew Fiorentino Earns Eagle Scout Rank
By Space Coast Daily // January 10, 2015
passed his Eagle Board of Review
BREVARD COUNTY • MERRITT ISLAND, FLORIDA – Boy Scout Troop 316 of Apex, N.C., welcomed its 40th Eagle Scout when Andrew Fiorentino, grandson of Kelly and Kay Fiorentino of Merritt Island, achieved scouting’s highest rank after passing his Eagle Board of Review.
Andrew, 18, will formally celebrate this achievement with family, friends, fellow scouts and scout leaders later in spring on June 6 during his Court of Honor.
Fiorentino is the son of Debra and Greg Fiorentino and a senior at Apex High School. He was a member of Cub Scout Pack 316, chartered by St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church of Apex, from 2003-2008, and crossed over to Boy Scout Troop 316, chartered by St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church of Apex, in 2008.
He is also a member of Venture Crew 316 at St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church, of which he has served as president.
“It has taught me not only to be humble in times of great reward, but to lead others in a positive manner with the necessary skills I have learned throughout my scouting career. I plan on ‘spreading my wings’ and distributing my passion and skills with other individuals to further enhance my leadership services and knowledge.”
For his Eagle Scout project, which took 270 man hours, Fiorentino worked with the principal and assistant principal of Baucom Elementary School in Apex to design a welcome sign that matches the school’s color scheme.
He presented the design to Larry High, a friend of his Scoutmaster who owns a CNC machine at his own workshop, then guided High to punch in the plans and dimensions of the sign panel.
“I then painted the sign, including all of its necessary parts, and assembled all of the posts and panel together with glue and screws so that the sign was fastened,” he said.
“After finishing this process, I then assembled a team of volunteers together from my school, Boy Scout troop, friends and family to help me put the sign in the ground, plant bushes and flowers, and lay mulch around the sign to beautify the overall appeal of the site.”
Fiorentino has earned 25 merit badges and his Ad Atare Dei religious award, and has served in the following leadership positions: senior patrol leader, assistant patrol leader, patrol leader, quarter master and bugler.
He plans to major in business administration and minor in entrepreneurship in college.