Montini Catholic congratulates senior Justin Mondschean for earning his Eagle Scout rank. Justin, a member of Troop 14 in Elmhurst, had his Eagle Board of Review in November of last year, but unfortunately has not yet attended a ceremony celebrating his new ranking due to cancellations from the Coronavirus.
Eagle Scout is the highest achievement attainable in the Boy Scouting program of the Boy Scouts of America. The designation "Eagle Scout" has a long history since its founding over one hundred years ago. Only four percent of Boy Scouts are granted this rank after a lengthy review process. The requirements necessary to achieve this rank take years to fulfill. Requirements include earning at least 21 merit badges in fields such as first aid, citizenship in the community, nation and world, communication, personal fitness and emergency preparedness to name a few. According to the Boy Scouts of America website, an Eagle scout must demonstrate Scout Spirit - "an ideal attitude based upon the Scout Oath and Law, service, and leadership. This includes an extensive service project that the Scout plans, organizes, leads, and manages."
Justin's passion for archery led him to a unique project of designing and building an archery box for Churchill Woods in Glen Ellyn. "I built a giant box on wheels that is meant to hold bows and arrows," he said. "It can be transported through all terrain and in all weather conditions." Justin worked with Adam Carlson, a Senior Ranger at Forest Preserve District of DuPage County to brainstorm the project and a design that would be beneficial to the preserve. Currently, the Forest Preserve District of Dupage County offers archery ranges for beginners and advanced enthusiasts at Blackwell Forest Preserve where Justin goes to practice his skills. "I picked this project mostly because I wanted to give back to the Forest Preserve. They have created such great memories for me."
Justin's parents, Joseph and Jeanne Mondschean, are very proud of his accomplishments and, according to Justin, have always pushed him to do his best and to get the most out of scouting. "They always helped me prepare and pack for all of the adventures I went on and my father has joined me on many excursions, including Northern Tier, Philmont and Sea Bass!"
Justin's passion and enthusiasm to do his best carries over into his activities as a student at Montini Catholic as well. He is a member of the National Honor Society and just completed his last Soccer season as a Bronco this past fall.
"(Achieving Eagle Scout rank) means everything to me. I worked for about 12 years trying to reach the rank of Eagle Scout. Not only that, I am now a part of a group that not everyone can or has reached," said Justin. "I am also happy to join my brothers who have also reached the rank of Eagle Scout!"
Justin is a graduate of Butler Junior High School in Oak Brook and is a member of Ascension of Our Lord Parish.