December 02, 2013 8:00 am • By Jim Osborn, Columbus Telegram
COLUMBUS — Three local teens were presented their Eagle Scout awards during a ceremony Saturday afternoon at Peace Lutheran Church.
Michael Irby and Cody Myers, both 18, and Mark Jarecki, 17, joined the Eagle Scout Court of Honor at 2 p.m. at the church at 2720 28th St.
Former U.S. Sen. Ben Nelson of Nebraska presented the new Eagle Scouts with U.S. flags that have flown over the nation’s Capitol. Nelson, invited to the ceremony as a guest of Myers’ grandfather, Tony Raimondo, is also an Eagle Scout.
Irby and Jarecki are second-generation Eagles. Their fathers, Robert Irby and Kevin Jarecki, also earned Eagle Scout awards.
All three young men underwent a board of review, made up of Scout and community leaders, in which they answered questions about what they learned during their Scouting careers and how they would integrate Scouting values into their lives going forward.
Personal sketches of the three Eagle Scouts follow:
Michael Irby, the son of Robert and Maureen Irby, is a graduate of Columbus High School and currently a freshman at the University of Nebraska majoring in construction management.
Michael started his Scouting adventure as a Tiger Cub in 2001, and continued through the Cub Scout ranks in Pack 115 until he received his Arrow of Light in 2006. He then joined Boy Scout Troop 276. During his time in Scouts, he has served as assistant senior patrol leader, patrol leader, chaplain’s aide, grubmaster, OA representative and troop guide.
He attended Camp Cedars for two years and Scout Stock, earned the 50 Miler Award on a Boundary Waters Wilderness Canoe trip in 2008 and attended the 2010 National Jamboree in Washington, DC. Michael also attended numerous troop campouts and received the Polar Bear award for winter camping.
Michael’s Eagle Scout service project was replacing the flagpole at Pawnee Park's Memorial Stadium and the landscaping around the pole, as a part of the stadium renovation in 2012. He also worked with other Scouts on Eagle service projects, community service projects, Adopt a Mile highway trash pick-ups, and Scouting for Food Drives.
His high school accomplishments included being named student of the month, several times named to the honor roll, Principal’s Award, two-year letter winner in football and vice president of Skills USA.
Mark Jarecki, the son of Kevin and Ileana Jarecki, is a senior at Lakeview High School where he is a member of the football and track and field teams, FBLA, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, National Honor Society and student council.
Mark became a Bear Cub Scout with Pack 611, Platte Center Elementary School, in the fall of 2004. He was part of that pack when he crossed over to become a member of Boy Scout Troop 276 on March 5, 2007. He went through the ranks of Tenderfoot (5/07), Second Class (11/07), First Class (3/09), Star (8/09) and Life (7/10). Mark received his Ad Altare Dei (Boy Scout’s Catholic Religious Award) on Dec. 1, 2008. Mark completed a total of 26 merit badges. On Sept. 10, he passed his Eagle Scout Board of Review, escorted by Scoutmaster Bill Long.
Mark’s Eagle Scout service project was painting the village of Platte Center maintenance building. He and many volunteers painted with special paint for metal buildings. Mark also helped with highway trash pick-up, Scouting for Food, many Eagle projects of other scouts and many hours of community service with Troop 276.
Mark has served as assistant senior patrol leader, quartermaster, grubmaster, troop guide and chaplain's aide. Mark has camped out many days and nights and received the Polar Bear award for camping more than six nights in below-freezing temperatures. Mark camped at BSA Camp Cedars several years. He has also been to Scout Stock at Mahoney State Park in 2007 and 2009, Boundary Waters Wilderness Canoe Camp in 2008, National Jamboree in 2010 and Florida Sea Base in 2013, in addition to many local camporees.
Mark is a member of Saint Joseph’s Catholic Church in Platte Center. His school awards include lettering in football and track and field and competing in state track three years in a row. His future plans include attending college after high school to pursue a degree in physical therapy.
Cody Myers, the son of Linda and Tom Bock and Matt and Jennifer Myers, is a 2013 graduate of Columbus High School. In high school, he was active in football, baseball, track, trap shooting, FFA, Peace Lutheran Youth Group, NHS, FCA, Skills USA, student council and 4-H. He was chosen as a Cornhusker Boys' Sate representative and for the Optimists' Outstanding Youth Award.
Cody became a Tiger Cub Scout in St. Paul in 2001. He then joined the Lost Creek Pack in Columbus in second grade, received his Arrow of Light Award and crossed over to become a member of Boy Scout Troop 276 in 2006. He went through the ranks of Tenderfoot (5/06), Second Class (2/07), First Class (9/08), Star (4/09) and Life (5/10). Cody completed 22 merit badges. On July 16, 2013, he passed his Eagle Scout Board of Review; escorted by Scoutmaster Bill Long and both parents.
Cody’s Eagle Scout service project was installing two benches in front of Pawnee Park's Memorial Stadium. He and many volunteers spent more than 80 hours working on the project. Cody also helped with highway trash pick-up, Scouting for Food, various Eagle projects of other scouts and many hours of community service projects.
Cody served in a variety of leadership roles during his years in Troop 276 and in high school. He camped out many nights and received the Polar Bear award for camping more than six nights in below-freezing temperatures. Cody is a member of the honorary Order of the Arrow. He camped at BSA Camp Cedars for four years. He also attended Scout Stock at Mahoney State Park in 2007 and National Jamboree in 2010, in addition to many local camporees.
Cody is a freshman studying agricultural engineering at South Dakota State University. He hopes to become active in Campus Ministries and the trap shooting club. He enjoys hunting and outdoor activities.