Shaler Area junior becomes Eagle Scout
Tuesday, March 3, 2020 | 11:00 PM
Marc Kimberly has managed to earn Boy Scouts of America’s highest rank of Eagle Scout in between maintaining a 4.0 GPA as a Shaler Area High School junior and working an after-school job.
For his Eagle Scout project, Kimberly of Shaler devoted approximately 80 hours to constructing a 100-foot-long fence and upgrading two benches at Glenshaw Valley Presbyterian Church.
He spent $670 of his own funds earned from working at Fred Bartsch Greenhouses, which his grandparents own, on the project’s supplies.
Approximately 12 scouts from his troop 622 and their parents assisted Kimberly.
“I had a lot of the tools, and whoever came and helped, they brought a lot of their own tools, which helped,” Kimberly, 18, said.
He developed the project idea on his own. The Boy Scouts required him to complete a workbook outlining his assignment.
“They ask you for planning, how you’re going to do it, your steps, your materials and estimated hours, stuff like that. Afterwards, I had to go to the church to get it approved. I had to go to the Boy Scout Council for them to approve it, and after that, I could start the project with getting the materials,” Kimberly said.
Following the project’s completion, he finalized his paperwork and passed the Laurel Highlands Council of the Boy Scouts of America’s board of review Jan. 15, officially making him an Eagle Scout.
“Our board loves to see students doing great things and we understand the marathon process that it is for a Boy Scout to earn his Eagle Scout, and we look forward to seeing you continue to lead and learn and grow as a student,” Shaler Area Superintendent Sean Aiken said while honoring Kimberly prior to a Feb. 19 school board meeting.
Aiken asked Kimberly which merit badge he most enjoyed earning.
“Canoeing was, I believe in my mind, the most fun because at summer camp we had to get in the canoe with someone else and you had to canoe for a specific distance and you had to purposely capsize it underwater and then you had to pick it up and drain it while on the lake,” Kimberly responded.
The student said that the lifesaving merit badge was the most difficult to earn.
Kimberly considers a monthlong trip to Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico’s Rocky Mountains a highlight of his Scouting tenure.
“The most I learned throughout my life through the Scouts was definitely leadership skills through all the camping trips,” he told Aiken and the school board.
“On behalf of the school board and Shaler Area School District, we would just like to commend you for your work as an Eagle Scout and as a student,” Aiken said. “We understand that this is quite an accomplishment, and the research shows that you’re going to go on to do great things in life and you’re on your way.”
Kimberly’s favorite class is “Civics and Government,” and he has an interest in World War II. He plans to enlist in the Navy and aims to serve in Naval intelligence
He is the son of Connie Kunard and Kenneth Nicholson.