Three achieve Eagle Scout recognition


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Senior Jason Jezek replants gardens at the ICCS (left) and junior Jack Rayson poses in his scouting uniform. Jezek, Rayson, and senior Gabe Wawro all elevated to the level of Eagle Scout this year.

Three Denton High students have achieved the Eagle Scout ranking, an accomplishment obtained by less than three percent of all Boy Scouts.

“To be an Eagle Scout it takes everything you’ve got,” junior Jack Rayson said. “It takes your commitment, time, and every ounce of courage you have.”

Rayson joined Boy Scouts at age seven, interested in making new friends and trying new things. After years of participation and over 1,000 service hours for the Boy Scouts, Rayson has been awarded with the rank Eagle Scout this year in September.

“It is a long process to earn the title,” Rayson said. “You start off going through different ranks and you complete a certain amount of things to gain merit badges. There is a lot of paperwork involved and a huge project at the end.”

Rayson built a Gaga Pit for Sam Houston Elementary school for his final project.

“What is Gaga?” Rayson said. “It’s basically this octagon that’s about three feet high off the ground with long panels, and the kids play the game Gaga in it, so we built that for them to enjoy.”

Rayson has made many friends and memories on his journey through Boy Scouts.

“To be an Eagle Scout it takes everything you’ve got. It takes your commitment, time, and every ounce of courage you have,””

— junior Jack Rayson

“My parents are mostly my inspiration,” Rayson said. “I am proud of the things my dad has done and I hope to be like him one day.”

Senior Gabe Wawro achieved the Eagle Scout Ranking on Wednesday, August 6th.

“I joined Boy Scouts when I was eight years old, as a Cub Scout,” Wawro said. “They run scouting through my church, so I was a part of my church’s troop.”

Wawro’s final project was collecting canned food for the Denton Food Center. He donated a total of 646 pounds.

“It definitely takes time,” Wawro said. “It took me nine years to gain all of the required merit badges and other things that I needed to finally submit.”

As Scouting is popular in the United States, it has proved to open up opportunities for jobs and scholarships.

“Boy Scouting is pretty big in the United States, so a lot of big businesses and business owners know about the Eagle Scout rank,” Wawro said. “Being one sets me apart from everyone else. It shows I have determination, experience working, and being a leader.”

Scouting has influenced Wawro’s life greatly and he is grateful for the experience.

“My parents are proud,” Wawro said. “I’ve been doing this for most of my life so they’re glad to see me finish and see it through.”’

Senior Jason Jezek joined Boy Scouts in first grade, as a Cub Scout. He has received the award alongside Wawro in August.

“Each rank has certain tasks,” Jezek said. “You have your scouting book with a list of requirements and you have to get them all signed off before you can advance to the next rank. This could include camp out requirements, knots, all kinds of stuff.”

Jezek was inspired to join scouting because his three older brothers and his mother, a Den leader, were involved. In his 10 years of scouting, Jezek has put in well over the minimum requirements of service towards Boy Scouting and it has become one of his passions.

“Scouting is very important to me,” Jezek said. “My brother and I started a lawn business to go to the National Scouting Jamboree in 2010. The year before, my brother and I started raising money to afford the trip. We raised $2500 each through our lawn business. I remember when we knocked on one lady’s door, she didn’t want us to mow her lawn but she gave us money simply because we’re Boy Scouts.”

Attending the Jamboree with his brother, Jozey, remains one of Jezek’s favorite Scouting memories. The brothers have been involved in each other’s Scouting careers in the past. For a service project, Jozey created a school garden at the Immaculate Conception Catholic School which created a segway for Jason to find his own way to help.

“My project was for my old Catholic school and church,” Jezek said. “There’s a school garden my brother created. He put in irrigation systems and crushed granite beds a while ago. I replaced 10 beds and added 15 more. I went in and spent from November to July, weekends, working and replacing all the beds.”

After years of hard work towards Scouting, and with his project finally complete, Jezek presented his work to the board, and received the honor.

“Boy Scouts taught me life skills,” Jezek said. “It taught me how to be patient and how to be kind. It showed me how to be a leader and how to understand other people. I grew so much just being in Scouting; it taught me how to find a goal and reach it.”