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Rotterdam honors Eagle Scout

"These are the kinds of events you want to highlight in your community to show [the good that's happening], especially in these tough economic times that people are looking beyond themselves to look at those around them to help those who need assistance," said Rotterdam Supervisor Steve Tommasone.

Warzol has been a Boy Scout since the second grade. As a senior at Schalmont High School, he is also a member of the Schalmont Science Honor Society, the Schalmont Varsity Soccer Team, the Schalmont Ski Club and the Schalmont Varsity Tennis team. Even with all of his extracurricular activities, he has found the time to stick with Eagle Scouts. He said that his friends provide a lot of inspiration for him.

"I think friends were one of the main reasons I stuck to it," said Warzol.

A number of those friends are still working on their projects.

"A lot of my friends are doing their projects right now. One of my friends just finished his. He built a nature trail," said Warzol. "The project is supposed to teach you about leadership. The main thing is that I had to organize the whole thing. Everyone at the city mission was thrilled about it because they said I 'saved the day for hundreds of families and children. They had a bunch of people who needed coats and were coming it. It was kind of perfect because I needed a project and they needed coats."

What's next for Rotterdam's 2008 Outstanding Citizen of the Year? College. He's looking at State University of New York at Cortland, SUNY IT, and University of Buffalo. He might possibly be interested in film production, but he said he's not sure yet.

"It was nice for him to be recognized and hopefully next year we'll keep doing this," said Tommasone. ""

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