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Kevin Ritz receives his award from the Board of Education

The South Colonie Board of Education honors Eagle Scout Kevin Ritz with a President's Spotlight Award.

Board of Education Honors Eagle Scout Ritz

The South Colonie Board of Education honored Colonie Central High School senior Kevin Ritz with a President's Spotlight Award Tuesday night for achieving the rank of Eagle Scout.

Ritz started his scouting experience by joining Troop 1077 in 2010. He worked diligently earning the ranks of Tenderfoot, Second-Class, First-Class and Star Scout by February 11, 2014. He earned the rank of Life Scout on October 6, 2015. Ritz served in several positions of leadership including Assistant Patrol Leader, Patrol Leader, Quarter Master and Librarian.

Ritz also received the Veteran Scout Association 100-plus Hour Service Award and the VFW Post 8692 Scout of the Year for 2017. On January 26, 2017, He earned the rank of Eagle Scout and was honored at the Eagle Scout Court of Honor on May 20, 2017.

Ritz’s Eagle Scout project took place at The Church of St. Clare. His project encompassed planning, project development, management, and leadership. He met with the Building and Grounds Committee to come up with a plan to solve a landscape erosion problem at the Central Avenue church entrance. He priced out the cost of supplies and how long the project would take.

He fully fund the project by outside donations and recruited volunteers. He led a team of 11 volunteers that removed dead shrubs along with a tree stump, brought down a section of property containing eight or more inches of mulch/dirt to two inches below the sidewalk, and relocated the mulch/dirt. The group then removed rotting landscape timbers, installed two yards of new river rocks to correct the erosion from roof run off, and installed new landscape timbers. In the end not only was the 12-foot rotted timber section replaced, but an additional 30 feet of timber was installed to box in the newly installed river rocks.