Eagle Scout Project Completed for Pine Creek
If you see Kyron Kern around campus, please thank him
for the new hand-crafted benches he designed, fundraised for, and constructed
for the Pine Creek community to enjoy as part of his Eagle Scout project!
Kern has been involved with the Boy Scouts since
Kindergarten. He wanted to complete an Eagle Scout Project that reflected his
gratitude to the community: "Pine Creek has done so much for me with
academics, athletics, and everything else that I wanted to give back."
To evaluate the school's needs, Kern first contacted
his grade level administrator who then directed him to Pine Creek Athletic
Director, Eric Hulen. Mr. Hulen indicated that Pine Creek could benefit from
benches for the football field, so Kern set out to meet the request.
"I was mowing lawns all summer to raise money for
it," Kern said. Kern and his classmate, Nick Rago, had actually started
their own business, CTG (Cut The Grass) Lawn Services, the spring before to
raise money to participate in the Global Student Leadership Summit in Davos,
Switzerland (Summer 2019), an opportunity organized through Pine Creek's Office
of Advanced Academics. Kern said that after the two participated in the trip,
they continued accepting business, but this time Kern's aim was to raise money
for his Eagle Scout Project. "There were times where we were mowing 25
yards a day which was exhausting, but we were really grateful for the
The tops and legs of the benches are made from Beetle
Kill Pine that Kern purchased from Mountain Heart Woodworks in Elizabeth,
Colorado. A family friend, Dave Kowalski was instrumental in helping Kern plan
for and execute the creation of the custom epoxy river design that can be seen
on the tops of the benches. Kern's parents, friends, and several members from
the Scouting community assisted him in successfully completing the work:
"I have an immense amount of gratitude to all of the people that supported
me on the project."
Once completed, the
design of the benches seemed better suited for inside the school building.
Students, staff, and community members will find them in the vestibule outside
the Pine Creek High School Library.
In addition to
having finished the project, Kern also completed his board of review this past
Monday and is now officially an Eagle Scout!