Student’s Eagle Scout project heats up Early Learning Center


Andrew Skalak passed his Eagle Scout Board of Review on Jan. 22 and attained the rank of Eagle Scout. He attended St. Paul the Apostle School and is now a senior at Assumption High School, both in Davenport.
His Eagle Scout project was the design, construction and installation of a solar heating unit at the Early Learning Center (ELC) at St. Paul the Apostle School. The unit is intended to augment the heating requirements of a room in the ELC and provide educational benefits through its demonstration of various solar energy concepts.
Although many people helped Andrew with his project and his quest to attain the rank of Eagle Scout, he expresses special thanks to: Brock Motley and Bruce Wehr, who provided lots of their time and talent in the accomplishment of Andrew’s project; Scott Vanderwal, current Troop 20 scoutmaster; Theresa Bergthold, past Troop 20 scoutmaster; Andrew’s parents, Jerry and Julie Skalak, for all of their support, guidance (and prodding!) over the years; the Lovewell Fence & Deck Company for its generous project funding contribution; and the Troop 20 families who provided monetary donations.
Andrew completed 38 merit badges as a Boy Scout. He is a member of the Central High School (Davenport) varsity swim team and is very active in the theater program at Assumption. He is an avid photographer and cinematographer. He enjoys snow skiing, mountain biking, rock climbing, hiking and traveling. His current plans are to attend Iowa State University this fall to major in business.

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