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Boyds Teen Earns Eagle Scout Award

Boyds resident Thomas Wilbur was recently awarded the Eagle Scout honor from the Boy Scouts of America.

Wilbur, who is a sophomore in the Global Ecology Magnet Program at Poolesville High School, started scouting as a first grader at The Barnesville School, in Cub Scout Pack 1241 and was in Scout Troop 829 throughout middle school. He received the Eagle Scout honor in December 2016 as part of Poolesville Scout Troop 496.

For his Eagle Scout Project, Wilbur conceived, designed, built, and installed planting stations for Barnesville's Middle School greenhouse. Barnesville's Arts & Sciences Coordinator Tara Barnhart served as his mentor and school liaison. Wilbur collaborated with Ms. Barnhart and Middle School Science Teacher Erin Farah to design the work area and planting tables. Local contractor John Hegarty of Craft Remodeling was an instrumental advisor for the Eagle Scout candidate throughout the design and construction. Calleva Farm donated all of the wood chips. In addition to local businesses, Wilbur received support from his current and former Scout Troops.

“After everything that Barnesville has done to help me,” said Wilbur. “I wanted to be able to give back, and the Eagle project was the perfect opportunity to do so."

To help with the final installation, he recruited former classmates he's known since preschool and kindergarten: Thomas Kaminski, Tucker Hall, Seth Don, Marshall Hegarty, and Luke Hegarty. The greenhouse was built in the spring of 2016 by another Barnesville graduate, Trey Valenta, Barnesville Class of 2013, for his Eagle Scout project.

The planting stations have been put to use starting vegetable seedlings that ar