Avon Lake student earns Eagle Scout rank


(L-R) Tim Villari, legislative aide to Ohio Sen. Gayle Manning, stopped by to congratulate new Eagle Scout R.J. Prusha. (Photos, Leanne G. Haag)

By Nicole Hennessy

Avon Lake

R.J. Prusha, Avon Lake Boy Scout Troop 334, recently received his Eagle Scout rank, with a ceremony May 28 at the Avon Lake American Legion Post #211.

Avon Lake City Council President Martin O’Donnell, Tim Villari, legislative aide to Ohio Sen. Gayle Manning, as well as family, friends, football coaches and Scout members and officials gathered for the honor.

Prusha’s Eagle service project took place over the spring through the end of summer 2016.  With the help of his troop, and fundraisers organized by Prusha, he created an outdoor classroom for Pembroke Kids Child Development Center, located in Avon Lake’s Pin Oak Parkway.

The outdoor classroom includes six wooden benches (three 4′ benches and three 8′ benches), a bird feeder post for the children to hang their birdhouse feeders, two entrance posts for hanging the kids’ crafts and a stepping stone entrance way.

The project took over 350 hours to complete.

The classroom will serve as an outdoor getaway for kids.

Prusha currently attends Avon Lake High School, where he just completed his sophomore year. He is an honor roll student, member of the Avon Lake Shoremen Football team, member of the Avon Lake rugby club, and track and field. Prusha is also a member of the Jugendgruppe Dance group of the Donauschwaben Club in Olmsted Falls.

He is the son of Leanne G. Haag, and grandson of David R. and Ann L. Haag, deceased.

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