David Laurence Szilezy, Jr. was awarded
the Boy Scouts of America’s highest rank,
Eagle Scout, during a Court of Honor on
February 15, 2009 at the St. Mary
Magdalene Catholic Church in Apex, NC. David
a member of Troop 216 in Cary
and is the son of David and Cheryl Szilezy
of Apex. He
officially earned the rank of Eagle Scout
on September 10, 2008 at the age of 17.
Troop 216’s 64th Eagle Scout since it
was founded in 1978.
The troop is led by Scoutmaster
Chuck Gay and is sponsored by the
Knights of Columbus at Saint Michael the
and scouts came together to celebrate
David’s achievement in attaining the rank
of Eagle Scout. Ronald
Marie Lanze and Frank & Rose Wechsler,
David’s aunts and uncles came from Allentown, PA for the
ceremony along with cousins Deanna
Shisslak and Linzi Wotring of Orefield,
PA. A special guest
in attendance was John Wasco, Coach of the
Cardinal Gibbons Lacrosse team.
Mr. Gregory Blum, former Troop 216
Star Scout, was the Master of Ceremonies.
opened with the presentation of
Scouts Chris Becker and Michael
Becker. Fr. Donald Staib, of
St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church
in Apex delivered the invocation.
Eagle Scout Gary Meyer led the
Pledge of Allegiance and Eagle Scout
Eric Blum gave the Roll Call of
Eagle. David's Cub Scout
leader, Terry Slate, described with
pride David's trail through Cub
Scouts and into Boy Scouts.
Eagle Advisor, Mark Shaefer,
provided a summary of David's
Eagle Scout project and then
presented David with a flag that had
been flown over the United States
Capitol Building in David's honor.
Mr. Charles Fossett, the Past
Exaulted Ruler of the Cary Apex Elks
Lodge Number 2798, presented a
certificate and flag, Mr. Keith
Biegert, Knights of Columbus member,
presented David with an engraved pen
and Lt. Col. Richard Torres
presented David with an Army
Junginger, of St. Michael the
Archangel Catholic Church in Cary,
concluded the ceremony with the
benediction. In recognition of
his achievement, David also received
letters of commendation from NC
Senator Marc Basnight, Senator John
McCain, Alaska Governor Sarah Palin,
Bishop Michael Burbidge, Univeristy of
Georgia Head Football Coach Mark
Richt, and Wagner College Men's
Lacrosse Coach Jason Rife.
his scouting career in 1997 as a Tiger
Cub in Thompson Station, Tenessee.
Upon moving to Apex, NC, David
joined Cub Scout Pack 312, Den 9 in
Apex, where he subsequently earned all
of the Cub Scout ranks and received
Cub Scouting's highest award, the
Arrow of Light, in March 2002.
tenure with Troop 216, David earned
the World Conservation Award in 2005
and the Ad Altare Dei Catholic
Religious award in 2004. In July
2006, David traveled to the Philmont
Scout Ranch, a high adventure Boy
Scout Camp in Cimarron, New
Mexico, where he spent 10 days
backpacking over 65 miles with several
other Troop 216 scouts and leaders.
After completing a conservation
project at Philmont, David also
received his 50 miler award.
Camping, canoeing and hiking are
among David's favorite activities
with the troop as well as camping
at Camp Raven Knob in Mount Airy, NC.
In order to reach the rank of
Eagle Scout, 21 merit badges must be
earned, 12 of which are Eagle
required. David has earned 25
program heavily emphasizes leadership
skills, and thorughout his career with
Troop 216, David has held numerous
leadership positions, including Senior
Patrol Leader, Assistant Senior Patrol
Leader, Patrol Leader, Assistant
Patrol Leader and Instructor. As
required by the Boy Scouts of America,
a candidate for Eagle Scout must plan,
develop, and give leadership to others
while providing a service to the
community. For his project,
David drafted plans and then oversaw
the construction of a spirit board
which provides a place to post
information to the school community at
Salem Middle School in Apex, NC.
More than twenty scouts and
several adults participated in the
construction of the spirit board which
now stands at the entrance to the
Salem Middle School sports field.
from Cardinal Gibbons High School in
Raleigh, NC, David was a member of the
National Honor Society, A/B Honor Roll
and the Varsity Lacrosse Team.
He also earned the North
Carolina Scholar Award and the
Presidential Academic Fitness Award.
David has accepted academic and
athletic scholarships to Wagner
College in Staten Island, NY where he
will be majoring in Business and
playing Division I lacrosse for the