MARQUETTE -Michael Edwards of Troop 360 in Harvey was selected by the Bay Lakes Council as the winner of the Glenn A. and Melinda W. Adams National Eagle Scout Service Project of the Year Award among its 306 Eagle Scouts who completed their requirements in 2012.
In 2009, the National Eagle Scout Association established the award to recognize a Scout for his Eagle Scout leadership service project, which is part of the requirements for earning the Eagle Scout Award. Each year, local councils select a council-level winner.
Edwards created a recognition program for trees planted along M-28/US 41 in Harvey. Working with the Chocolay Township office and its Planning Director, Kelly Drake Woodward, Michael created concrete bricks named for people who continue to water and look out for the trees in their neighborhood.
Fraco provided materials, while Signs Now. printed them. The township hall added an online tracking section to their website at www.chocolay.org/ maps/adoptatreeproject.kmz. Businesses, families, Girl Scout troops, memorials and nonprofits all along the US 41 corridor have been caring for the 200 trees and shrubs. There are still several spots available for sponsorship.
Edwards is a 2013 graduate of Marquette Senior High School who will be attending Michigan State University in the fall. In school, he was in Marching Band, Pep Band, Concert Band, Varsity Swim Team member, Varsity Tennis Team Member, JV Soccer, National Honor Society, and dual enrolled at NMU. He is active at St Paul's Episcopal Church as a member of the Vestry and server.
In Scouting, he was a junior leader in Troop 360 and assisted Cub Scout Pack 361.
Highlights of his Scouting years included the 2010 National Jamboree, 2011 World Jamboree, and being Crew leader for 2012 Philmont cavalcade trek.
He was active in Central America Young Ambassador Program trips to Honduras and Nicaragua through Georgetown University & US State Department and hosting for groups from Nicaragua and Costa Rica through NMU.