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Eagle Scout Project Steps it Up

Upton's Billy Johnson of Troop 132 constructed a new set of stairs at Miscoe Hill School for his Eagle Scout Community Service Project.

Thanks to Upton's Billy Johnson of Troop 132, Miscoe Hill students are now climbing stairs to the school's baseball fields with more ease and less safety concerns. With help from his fellow scouts and a number of other individuals and local businesses, Billy constructed a new set of stairs connecting the Middle School to the upper baseball fields that are adjacent to the gym.

In order to receive the Eagle Scout rank, which is the highest rank to achieve in Scouting, boys must acquire a certain number of merit badges, take on leadership roles, and complete an extensive community service project involving its organization and fundraising.

Billy said he came up with the idea for his project remembering back to when he was a student at Miscoe Hill himself years back. "It was falling apart back then," he said of the staircase. I wanted to make it safer for everyone." As a result, he first tore down the old staircase and then began the construction phase. "In total, it took me about 275 hours," he said concerning the overall time and labor that was involved.

Billy's father, Brian Johnson, admits initially he believed the project was going to be a daunting undertaking. "It was a fairly complex project, but everyone really pulled together," he said. Brian added he couldn't be prouder of his son. "He did a great job with everything."

According to Billy, the project would never have been possible without the help of so many individuals and businesses who either helped build the new stairs or helped with materials or fundraising efforts.

Local business and organizations which helped out include Upton Self Storage, J. Whites Automotive, J M Mazzone Electric, Harvey J. Trask, Imperial Ford, the Upton Men's Club, Nipmuc Youth Football and Cheerleading, the Upton Recreation Commission, Charles River Bank, Kimball Sand Company, and Koopman's Lumber. In addition, Billy wanted to thank Connor Perry, Sean Gavin, Ben Johnson, Al Reagan, Matt Gazorian, Erica Johnson, Adam Noel, George Dubuc, Bill Andrews, Bob Humes, and Rob Andrews. He's also grateful to Troop 132 members Zack Taylor, Padraic O'Sullivan, Tom Hawkins, Brandon Mager, Gavin Humes and Michael Andrews.

Billy is currently attending Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston as a freshman and plans to study mechanical engineering. He has not yet officially received his Eagle Scout badge but all the necessary requirements have been approved. Brian Johnson said he expects an official ceremony will take place over the December break when his son is home from college.


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