Junior John Cote recently earned the Boy Scouts high rank of Eagle Scout. John is among less than four percent of Boy Scouts who earn this honor, as it requires a tremendous amount of work and dedication as the young men must plan, develop and give leadership to others in a service project. John’s project was creating raised garden beds at the Cerebral Palsy Center in Bayville in order to give access to those who are wheelchair bound. He first had to raise the funds for the project through three events before he could even begin the creation of the raised garden beds.

Board of Education Trustees Keri Carlstrom and Alice Matthaei joined Superintendent of Schools Dr. Anna F. Hunderfund and Locust Valley High School Principal Dr. Kieran McGuire at John’s Eagle Court of Honor ceremony. They presented him with a certificate of honor on behalf of the Locust Valley Central School District. The Board of Education also recognized John for his achievement at its meeting on March 15, 2016. 

Dr. Hunderfund was thoroughly impressed with the dedication and commitment to be honorable that is required of an Eagle Scout and said the oath that John was required to take would serve the entire country well. “It should be a requirement that in order to serve as President of the United States of America, one must have earned the honor of Eagle Scout or at least taken the oath.”

John is deeply involved in many aspects of community service outside of the Boy Scouts, including serving as the Junior Class President and organizing a Color Run to help defray the cost of the prom. He also holds a part-time job and aspires to continue serving as a leader in Bayville to bring his community closer together.

Through his Eagle Scout project, John learned that anything is possible, which means he will likely fulfill his dream of attending the United States Military Academy, West Point.