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State Honoree

Stephen Laaper


Stephen Laaper, Castle High School, Newburgh, organized and coordinated the renovation of a local community park for his Eagle Scout project. After seeking donations to fund the project and recruiting volunteers to help him, he constructed a geodesic dome out of metal pipes for kids to climb on, and replaced railroad ties, which could potentially cause chemical bums, with new lumber. He and his team spent over 250 hours on the project, not including Laaper's planning and preparation.

"It is when you do not expect anything in return, that you receive the most."