Montini Catholic High School in Lombard recently recognized senior Andrew Ernat for earning his Eagle Scout rank. Andrew, a member of Troop 202 (Three Fires Council, Potawatomi Trails District), was presented with the award on Sunday, March 10th at Faith United Methodist Church in Lombard.
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 the 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."
It was a love of all things theater that drove Andrew to choose his Eagle Scout service project during the summer of 2017 (before beginning his junior year of high school). Andrew took on the ambitious project of replacing Montini's existing wooden stage extension, located in the school's auditorium, with a sturdier, more modular design.
Andrew's passion and enthusiasm carries over into his activities as a student at Montini Catholic as well. He most recently became a member of Montini Catholic's $100,000 Scholarship Club - securing over $100,000 in scholarship offers so far. He is a member of the French Club, Drama Club, Computer Club, Math Team, Acafellas, and the Tennis Team. He is also a member of the National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, Tri-M Music Honor Society, French Honor Society, and International Thespian Society. He was recognized earlier in the school year for his perfect ACT score of 36 and for being named an AP Scholar with Distinction. Most recently he has been named an Academic All-Star at Montini and will be honored at the school's Academic Awards Banquet on May 2nd.
Although Andrew has not yet decided on his college, his top three choices are the University of Illinois, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Purdue University where he plans on majoring in Nuclear Engineering. "My teachers, coaches, and parents have taught me how to lead people, how to set goals, and how to achieve them," he said.
"We are so proud of all that Andrew has accomplished in scouting since he began as a Tiger Scout in first grade," said mom, Christine. "The knowledge he gained and the experiences he had in earning his Eagle Scout rank will stay with him for a lifetime."
Andrew Ernat is the son of Donald and Christine. He is a graduate of Sacred Heart School in Lombard and is a member of Sacred Heart Parish.
Photo above: L to R: Sarah Ernat, Rebekah Ernat '13, Matthew Ernat '16 - also an Eagle Scout), Ian Kwit, Andrew Ernat, Maryann O'Neill, Devin Chiaramonti, Liam Patrick and Alex Walsh