Sabadosa: Seitz sets sights on Eagle Scout rank
By Regina Sabadosa Citizen Journalistemail@example.com February 7, 2013 1:28PM
Hometown resident Eddie Seitz, 17, joined the Cub Scouts when he was 7 years old and has set his sights on the Eagle Scout rank.
Updated: March 11, 2013 6:09AM
Eddie Seitz, 17, is a junior at Brother Rice High School in Chicago. He lives in Hometown with his mom and stepfather, Bonnie and Mark Gesiakowski, along with his younger brother, Paul. He is a member of Boy Scout Troop 682, which is chartered through Our Lady of Loretto parish.
Seitz has been in Scouts since he was 7, when he joined the Cub Scouts. When he turned 11, he “crossed over through the Arrow of Light” and became a Boy Scout.
Seitz claims he was rather shy at that age so his mom became an adult member of the troop to help make the transition a bit easier for him. She remains active today, being a committee member and the one of the troop’s merit badge counselors.
When Seitz was 14, he set a goal to earn the rank of Eagle, being inspired by a fellow scout, Zach Schleyer, who became an Eagle Scout when he was only 16.
Eagle Scout is the highest rank possible in Boy Scouts. Only 2 percent of all Boy Scouts make Eagle. There are 21 merit badges needed and, of those, 12 are specifically required for Eagle.
He credits his mom for being his “best supportive figure.” When needed, he said she gave him a loving “kick in the butt” to help him keep pursuing his goal.
Seitz feels that by working toward Eagle, he is learning leadership, communication skills and a sense of community. He wants to be a “great person who respects others and is also respected,” he said.
He also said being an Eagle Scout can be a definite advantage for college acceptance and on job resumes.
At Brother Rice, Seitz is in the process of helping the school’s media director put together a video club. His goal right now is to have a career in video production. He eventually hopes to attend Columbia College in Chicago, where he would major in video production and minor in communications.
Seitz and his family belong to Pilgrim Faith Church in Oak Lawn. For his Eagle Project, he has chosen to organize an “item drive” to benefit those who seek help from the church’s P.A.D.S. homeless shelter.
Seitz got the idea for this project after seeing P.A.D.S. in action with its director, Michael Montgomery, who is married to the pastor of Pilgrim Faith Church.
“We take a lot for granted,” Seitz said. “There were people coming there wearing backpacks containing all their stuff.”
Through Montgomery he found out that what the visitors of P.A.D.S. need most are new socks, underwear, and gently used jeans and sweatshirts. Other items accepted include travel-sized toiletries.
Seitz said he hopes his item drive will be very successful and that a large amount of these necessities will be collected that day to be available to shelter visitors for months to come. To reward all who bring their donations to the drive, he has called upon two friends of his to provide entertainment during the afternoon.
DJ Nikki from radio station B96 will be on-hand. Another Chicago-based celebrity, Joshua Staar, will perform songs from his latest CD. Staar is a pop rocker who is helping Seitz produce one of his own songs.
Seitz’s item drive will take place from noon to 2 p.m. Feb. 17 in the B Building at Our Lady of Loretto, 8925 S. Kostner Ave., Hometown. Bring your donated items as entry to the event. Raffles are planned during the two hours. Photographs with Nikki and Joshua Staar also will be available.
If you cannot attend the drive but wish to make a donation, there are collection boxes available at A&D Tile, 5000 W. 111th St., Oak Lawn; and at the Hometown VFW, 9092 S. Main St.
Best of luck to Seitz in his pursuit of Eagle Scout! See you at the item drive.
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