Sparta man earns Eagle rank

Diesso awarded highest honor last year

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— Justin Diesso, son of Peter and Kathleen Diesso, of Sparta, was awarded scouting’s highest honor last year.

Diesso, 19, was a member of Troop 95 in Sparta. He progressively moved up the ranks in his troop while participating in many camping and scouting events during his tenure.

He earned 22 merit badges on his journey towards Eagle rank.

His community service project was to remodel a garden for a local group home for developmentally disabled citizens. He reconstructed an old raised planter box garden and turned it into an outdoor living area with picnic tables, a bocce ball court and horseshoe pit. In total, the project reached the maximum allowable of 427.5 service hours.

“It was a great deal of hard work but with the help from my fellow scouts, their parents, the Troop 95 leaders, friends and local businesses in our community, the project was a total success,” Diesso said.

Diesso received material and monetary donations from Tomco, The Hardware Store, Ailish’s Alpine Paint, Department of Persons with Disabilities and The Knights of Columbus Council 588, while food was donated by The Pizza Bistro. Tomco on Route 15 in Wharton donated and delivered a great deal of the supplies needed such as fill and gravel for the project.

“What helped me a great deal to finish my project was the tremendous help of two local contractors,” Diesso said. “Without the assistance of Pete Litchfield and Dave Spellman of U.S Tech and Rob Pelaez of RFP Contracting, the project would never have been completed.”

“It is truly a blessing to live in a tight knit community where you can rely on your fellow scouts, leaders and friends for assistance.”

Diesso was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout on April 1, 2013. His ceremony was held at Our Lady of the Lake Church, while a reception followed at Reverend Brown School.

A great deal of the food for the reception was donated and prepared by the Knights of Columbus, which was a great source of support during Diesso’s scouting years and he is a proud Second Degree Knight in the Council.

This fall, Diesso will be a Sophomore at SUNY Maritime College, Regimental Division, which he was selected as a squad leader in the program.

He is studying mechanical engineering and will likely be pursuing an engine license as well.

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