Eagle Scout for Joe Orelli

Whitman's Joe Orelli is congratulated by Principal Kathie Acker
Whitman's Joe Orelli is congratulated by Principal Kathie Acker

What do Neil Armstrong, Mayor Bloomberg, Steven Spielberg, and Joseph Orelli have in common? Well, for one thing they have all earned the highest rank attainable in the Boy Scouts of America. 

Joe’s Eagle Scout project, required by all who wish to attain scouting’s highest rank, was to refurbish the Manor Plains Nature Park. “When a couple of my initial ideas were not feasible, I learned that the Department of General Services at Huntington Town Hall keeps a list of volunteer projects they need to get accomplished,” said Joe. Restoring Manor Plains Nature Park was not an easy task, but through careful planning, Joe organized volunteers to help him blaze new trails and construct comfortable benches for hikers to enjoy the surrounding area. 

The Walt Whitman senior has been an active member of the track team in his prior 3 years at Whitman and is interested in pursuing a career in mechanical engineering. “I’m hoping to attend the SUNY Maritime College,” said Joe. “Then perhaps it’s on to the Coast Guard.” Joe’s Eagle Scouting accomplishments will be officially celebrated in a Court of Honor in April. Congratulations, Joe, job well done!