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Jacob Vassalotti, 17, of Newark, was presented with Scouting’s highest honor earlier this year at Elkton United Methodist Church, where family, friends, fellow Scouts and troop leaders gathered to celebrate his Eagle Scout achievement.

Vassalotti is the son of Tony and Tina Vassalotti, of Newark, and grandson of Bil and Fran Vassalotti, and Ray and Carol Ferguson, all of Elkton, Md.

He is a member of Troop 2, DelMarVa Council, which is chartered by The Independence School.

To achieve the rank of Eagle, a Scout must earn a minimum of 21 merit badges — Vassalotti earned 49 — as well as demonstrate leadership by planning, developing and executing a service project in the local community. For his Eagle project, Vassalotti cleared a trail and built a campsite and handicapped-accessible bridge at Camp Fairlee Manor, an Easter Seals camp in Chestertown, Md. His project allows campers with disabilities to enjoy nature much like Scouting has afforded him similar opportunities.

Vassalotti started his Scouting career in 2004 as a Tiger Cub in Pack 2. He received the Arrow of Light in February 2009 and immediately joined Troop 2. Within the troop, Vassalotti has held numerous leadership positions, including den chief, librarian, patrol leader, senior patrol leader and, currently, Order of the Arrow Troop Representative.

In June 2015, Vassalotti was awarded the Vigil Honor, the Order of the Arrow’s highest honor. He previously served as Iron Hill Order of the Arrow’s chapter secretary, and is presently chapter chief. In August 2015, he attended the National Order of the Arrow Conference at Michigan State University in Lansing, Mich.

During his Scouting career, Vassalotti has shown leadership not only within his troop, but also at the chapter and council levels. His perseverance and determination were integral parts of his Eagle Scout rank achievement on Sept. 3, 2015.

Vassalotti is a senior at Salesianum School, where he is involved in marching band, wind ensemble, National Honor Society, National Latin Honor Society, Science Olympiad as well as numerous other extracurricular activities.

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