Scouts Fulfill Requests at Armstrong Middle School
Over the summer, three Eagle Scouts from Troop 1776 completed their Eagle Scout projects at Armstrong Middle School (Plano ISD). Members of Troop 1776, and their parents, helped complete the projects. Troop 1776 is comprised of residents from Murphy, Richardson and Plano. All three of these scouts attend Plano East Senior High.
Harsha Koritala (Murphy) is 16 years old and a junior. (He is a McMillen High alumnus.) He was in the third grade when he became a scout. His Eagle Scout project was building a gaga ball pit. He began planning his project in the beginning of July and built it on July 21. It took him five hours to complete. He was surprised to find that throughout the project he didn’t have to buy any tools, the parents of scouts let him borrow what was needed.
Prerak Khandalwal (Richardson) is 16 years old and a junior. He was in the fifth grade when he became a scout. His Eagle Scout project was painting 10 directional traffic arrows in the school parking lot. He began planning the project in May and did the project on July 28. It took him four hours to complete. He said even though he did extensive research on which paint to use, he was surprised to find the arrows are truly weather resistant.
Rushaan Mahajan (Richardson) is 15 years old and a sophomore. He was in the third grade when he became a scout. His project was building two picnic benches. He began planning the project in April and did the project on June 9. It took him five hours to complete the project. He said he was surprised to find out how expensive wood and stain are. He said that Lowes and Home Depot give discounts to scouts working on Eagle Scout projects.
These scouts recommend that others become scouts. Koritala said he really enjoyed going to Philmont Scout Ranch where he went on a 14-day backpacking hike through New Mexico. Khandalwal said that scouting is fun and teaches you things you wouldn’t learn elsewhere such as tying knots, kayaking, sailing, hiking, etc. Mahajan said he enjoys being exposed to new experiences such as a nine day canoe trip from the United States to Canada where they carried everything they needed on their back.
Armstrong MS sent their project requests to Troop 1776. The scouts chose the projects they would like to complete. Erica Johnson is a Parker resident (zip code 75094) who has had three children attend Armstrong MS, her youngest child is attending there this year. Regarding the gaga pit, she said, “After seeing the non-stop action of the gaga pit at fifth grade camp, I know this will be well-used here. The coaches look forward to their students using it during P.E.” Discussing the picnic tables, she said, “The students will enjoy being social here.” She said the arrows fill a need and will provide an additional layer of safety in the parking lot. The principal and staff honored these scouts and gave them each a certificate and ribbon of appreciation.