William was born in 2000 in Greenwich, Connecticut. He moved with his parents, and sister to Brentwood, California where his love for the ocean, hiking and the serenity of the out doors began. While in California William received a behind the scenes tour of the Rose Bowl floats by an Eagle Scout who had the honor of marching in the much celebrated parade. William asked endless questions about scouting and inquired about every brightly colored badge that adorned the young mans uniform-from that point on William set his goal to also becoming an Eagle Scout.
William would look forward to every scout meeting after school and then reenact the folding and unfolding of the flag or newly learned knot, all week. He and his father would build, sand and paint the pinewood derby car each year and race it with excitement. He earned the Arrow of Light and crossed over to troop 174 at age 11. He loved all the campouts, often racing there in the middle of the night after a baseball or theater performance. Volunteering through scouting set the path for his unselfish volunteering as an adult. This was boldly apparent when he chose to help people with disabilities for his Eagle Scout Project. He continues to volunteer his talents in Unified sports, Unified theater and Special Olympics. A born competitor, Adventure Race (4 hour race which includes: biking, orienteering, fire building, canoeing and running) was by far his favorite experience. During a cold winter day of tree selling, William had the opportunity to talk at length to Mr. Fogle. William will be forever indebted to his “wise owl advice” for the encouragement and mentoring he bestowed on him that cold December day and throughout the remaining years. Mr. Fogle remained interested in William’s golf game, baseball, lacrosse, football and scouting advances. Mr. Fogle’s lived the scouting code everyday of his life and encouraged William to complete all 21 Eagle scout badges.
William entered into scouting for the love of adventure but received a childhood full of friendships, memories and milestones that shaped him into the generous, compassionate, quick with a smile, young man that he is today.
|Merit Badges Earned|
|Citizenship in the Community*||Orienteering|
|Citizenship in the Nation*||Personal Fitness|
|Citizenship in World*||Personal Management|
|* Eagle Required|
William has been an active long time volunteer in the Simsbury School district Unified Sports and Unified Theater. One summer while talking to a parent with a student in the program, William found out about a specific need that he was determined to fill. He immediately began making plans to meet with Ms. Alaina Haley, the innovative Special Education teacher with a dream of a coffee card business for her class. Ms. Haley’s students are entitled to an education until the age of 21. The main focus of the current program involves a life skills curriculum and working inskills that best prepare these students for adulthood. Her dream of a coffee cart business embeds multiple life skills required to become an independent as possible adult.
William was instantly inspired, by the time summer ended. William had his ‘Unified Inclusion’ Eagle Scout project plan in place.
William organized his team of volunteers and during the 2016-2017 school year oversaw the progress on a series of needed procedures that supported the students coffee cart business. Each task created was done with increasing the students independence in mind. Endless volunteer hours by his team created the visual book used by the students with step by step directions on use and breakdown of the coffee cart. Visual representation of money, cash box, withdrawal and deposit slips, inventory list and procedures to work with the coffee cart were all created to increase each student’s independence and easily follow. All items William created required required visual and hands on student interaction. William’s project significantly improved the independence of the class and set the footprint for each future class to follow. William is extremely proud of the positive impact his project had in the Special Education class at Simsbury High School and for students in years to come.
William would like to thank Diana Yeasley and her son Carter for inspiring him with you story of the coffee cart that needed someone like William to organize and plan the project. William would like to send a heartfelt note of gratitude to Alaina Haley and her class who gave him the unique opportunity to work side by side with them everyday, which was the most anticipated part of his Sophomore school day. A huge thank you to all the scout leaders from troop 174 who taught William through their examples, how to live by a superior Code of Conduct, especially Mr. Fogle and Mr. Burrows.
Lastly, William would like to thank his parents, his sister Katherine and grandparents, through their endless love and guidance he is a compassionate, respectful considerate leader today.