Matteson teen earns Eagle Scout with renovation project
August 15, 2013 1:30PM
Alex Wieringa, son of Dany and Marla Wieringa from Matteson, earned the Boy Scouts of America Eagle Scout Award. He is a member of Matteson Troop 156, which is sponsored by St. John's Faith Church in Matteson. The 17-year-old recently graduated from Marian Catholic High School in Chicago Heights and plans to attend Prairie State College in Chicago Heights in fall. | Supplied photo
Updated: September 19, 2013 6:03AM
Alex Wieringa, 17, son of Dany and Marla Wieringa, of Matteson, earned the Boy Scouts of America Eagle Scout award.
Wieringa is a member of Matteson Troop 156, sponsored by St John’s Faith United Church of Christ in Matteson.
For his Eagle Scout project, Wieringa renovated the courtyard of Zion Lutheran School in Matteson, which he attended for 10 years. He had benches built and repainted fencing and porch stairs. Wieringa also replaced garden timbers and added planters and flowers to make the space more pleasant for students and staff.
With the help of volunteers from Troop 156, Zion School and friends, Wieringa obtained funds, purchased materials and organized work parties for the Eagle project.
Wieringa successfully earned 37 merit badges, the World Conservation Award, the Paul Bunyan Award, the National Outdoor Camping Award, Den Chief Service Award, Scuba Award and is a member of the Order of the Arrow.
Wieringa is a 2013 Marian Catholic High School graduate and will be attending Prairie State College.