Senior Sgroi Achieves Eagle Scout

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High school senior Robert Sgroi, a senior patrol leader of Boy Scouts of America Troop 151 of Islip, was recognized at an Eagle Scout Court of Honor at a ceremony held on March 28 at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church.

With proud parents Bob and Yvette Sgroi and sister Rebecca looking on, Islip Superintendent of Schools Susan Schnebel presented Sgroi with his Eagle Scout certificate, earned through a project where he fundraised and built 10 bat houses at St. Mark’s, Brookwood Hall and Seatuck.

“Mrs. Schnebel’s heartfelt and personal words were touching and inspirational; there was hardly a dry eye in the pews and I know that Robert was thrilled,” said Assistant Scout Master Joseph Himmelman. “It is a rare occasion when a public official addresses a crowd with such true feeling and it was apparent that she has a fondness and bond with her 3,000 Islip children.”

In addition to his work for the Scouts, where he has been a member since 2006, Sgroi serves as the secretary of Islip High School’s jazz band, and also performs with the wind ensemble, marching band and in the New York Jazz Academy. He participates on the school’s cross-country and golf teams as well as Science Olympiad, and is in the top 20 percent of his Class of 2015.