West Long Branch: Shore Regional senior Clark J. Halpern was recognized for achieving scouting’s highest honor, Eagle Scout at the Board of Education April meeting.
A member of Boy Scout Troop 67 in Red Bank, Clark planned, developed, and gave leadership to a toy drive project to benefit the Pediatric Oncology Unit at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). Clark decided on the project in the memory of Kortney Rose, the eight year old Oceanport girl who passed away from a brain tumor in 2006. Her family established the Kortney Rose Foundation in her memory to support cancer research.
Clark managed and led a team of volunteers who collected a total of 1,125 new toys which they delivered to CHOP. Eagle projects require acceptance by a Boy Scouts panel which approves all Eagle projects. Candidate must develop the plan, establish a schedule and manage the work through its completion, including the final reports. A Court of Honor reviews the project at its conclusion.
SRHS Superintendent Renae LaPrete and BOE President Ron O’Neill announced the award to the school board, congratulating Clark and his parents. Troop 67 Committee Member Thayne Tessenholtz had proudly alerted the school to the Clark’s Eagle accomplishment, a feat achieved by fewer than 5% of all scouts.
Clark joins other Eagle Scouts familiar to Americans such as astronaut Neil Armstrong, NJ Senator Bill Bradley, and President Gerald Ford.