AUGUSTA — Eric McDonnell was presented the Eagle Scout medal by his mother Audrey McDonnell on July 6 at St Monica’s Hall during a ceremony honoring his attainment of Scouting’s highest award.

McDonnell is a member of Boy Scout Troop 603 and one of 20 Scouts in the area to earn the Eagle Scout rank this year. According to District Director Matthew Mower, there have been 42 Eagles presented in our local Kennebec Valley District last year, according to a news release from Chuck Mahaleris.

There were approximately 40 people present for the ceremony including a representative from U.S. Sen. Susan Collins.

Each Eagle Scout must earn at least 21 merit badges, serve in a leadership position in the troop, display Scout spirit and perform a significant project to benefit the community. McDonnell designed and built three cedar benches and a picnic table for seniors and others to enjoy while walking on the Rail Trail. He did this with the cooperation and approval of Augusta Age-Friendly — a committee of community members devoted to making Augusta, Maine a livable community for all ages.

“After high school, I want to go to college for computer science or engineering and get a job in that line of work,” McDonnell said according to the release. He is part of Cony High School’s Math Team, Spanish Club and Outing Club.

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