VILLA PARK — Recently, Conor Keeling and Nicholas Williams, both seniors at Willowbrook High School, earned the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest attainable honor in Boy Scouts.
To reach the level of Eagle, Scouts must earn at least 21 merit badges that demonstrate Scout Spirit, service and leadership. Scouts also must develop, plan and complete an extensive service project in the community.
Keeling joined Scouts in first grade and was with his dad, Dennis, for much of his scouting experience. Dennis Keeling also is an Eagle Scout and volunteered as a Den Leader in Cub Scouts and as an assistant Scout Master in Boy Scouts.
For his service project, Keeling built a French drain at Calvary United Methodist Church in Villa Park to eliminate water from coming into the basement.
After graduation, Keeling plans to attend Columbia College and major in product design.
"I'm looking forward to taking the skills and lessons I learned through the Boy Scouts program and carrying them with me in my future endeavors," he said.
Nicholas Williams completed his Eagle Scout project at Twin Lakes Park in Villa Park where he and a group of volunteers planted trees throughout the park.
"The project went well, it just took a lot of time and energy," he said. "It was about 90 hours of work."
After graduation, Williams plans to attend University of Wisconsin - Parkside to study biology.
"I'm proud of my accomplishment," he said. "Not many Scouts earn this status, and I'm honored to be able to serve my own community while developing leadership qualities that will carry with me for the rest of my life."