5 West Valley Scouts get Eagle Award

Five West Valley Boy Scouts have received Eagle Scout awards after completing projects that contributed to their community.

The members of Troop 99 in Litchfield Park were honored with Scouting’s highest award at a Court of Honor April 30.

Dwayne Petray, 18, of Goodyear raised funds to have a shade sail built at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church and School.

He raised $2,000 at a spaghetti dinner he organized and $500 at a stand at a Litchfield Park art festival.

Petray said he spent 100 hours over several months completing the project with the help of family — who contributed to the cost of the sail — and friends.

The main thing I learned is what people will do for a cause like this,” he said. “I also learned that fundraising is hard to do.”

Petray, the son of Dwayne and Libby Petray, is a senior at Arizona Agribusiness & Equine Center Estrella Mountain High School in Avondale.

He plans to attend Arizona State University, with the goal of earning a doctorate and pursuing a career in psychology.

Hunter Burbank, 17, of Goodyear restored the interior of a greenhouse at Heritage Elementary School in Glendale.

It wasn’t until I started getting more invested in the idea of working on the greenhouse that I learned that it was to be dedicated to a student who had lost his life in a car accident years prior,” Burbank said. “From that moment, I became completely hooked.”

He said he spent almost 300 hours on the project, with help from others who performed some of the labor.

Burbank attributed his abilities to years of Scouting experience.

The Eagle project was simply the culmination of all that acquired skills,” he said.

Burbank, the son of Denise Ziwisky and Jeffery Burbank, is a senior at Millennium High School in Goodyear.

He plans to continue his education, with the goal of becoming a video game designer.

Nathan Tudor, 17, of Goodyear also worked to restore the greenhouse at Heritage Elementary School by painting the structure’s new walls, adding shelving, planning an irrigation system, installing a pathway and filling the building with newly fertilized dirt.

He said the greenhouse offers an opportunity for students to learn about plants and nutrition and serves as a gathering place to remember a friend who the structure is dedicated to.

He said he spent 180 hours on the project and got help from other Scouts and members of his high school ministry group at Palm Valley Church.

I learned that it’s not always easy to keep people on task, especially my friends,” Tudor said.

Tudor, the son of Nichole Tudor and William Tudor, is a junior at Millennium High School in Goodyear.

He plans to attend college to study energy and industrial technology.

Max Hirth, 16, of Litchfield Park designed a project to build raised gardens at Trivium Preparatory Academy in Goodyear, where he is a sophomore.

The inspiration was to help the biology and life sciences classes be able to work with a real garden,” Hirth said.

He said the project took two weekends to complete, with the help of 120 volunteers working a total of 382 hours.

I learned that it is much harder to lead and watch others work than to just do the work yourself,” he said.

Funding for the project came from a school grant and the Kiwanis Club.

Hirth, the son of Mike and Jena Hirth, hopes to attend the U.S. Air Force Academy and pursue his goal of serving the country.

Andrew Garlick, 17, of Goodyear completed a beautification project on property owned by Turning Leaf Community Church in Glendale.

As I went onto the land and toured it to see what I could do, I felt called by God and envisioned the project,” he said.

The work included leveling out a hill under a cross the church had set up, then using railroad ties to hold back the dirt and installing brickwork below the cross and placing three benches in the area.

Garlick said he got donations, including boxes of pizza to feed volunteers.

It was a great experience to learn how to pull everything together and lead a group of people to achieve a common goal,” he said.

Garlick, the son of Matthew and Diane Garlick, is a junior at Millennium High School in Goodyear.

He hopes to attend the U.S. Air Force Academy or the University of Colorado to pursue a degree in aerospace engineering, with the goal of becoming a pilot and doing engineering work for the Air Force.


Glenn Gullickson can be reached at ggullickson@westvalleyview.com.

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