Lakota East Eagle Scout leads extreme makeover of school facility

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Alex Strack made Eagle Scout with construction project.

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Lakota East Eagle Scout Alex Strack marshaled a band of his scouting peers and renovated the announcer’s box at the Hopewell Junior High football field, saving the school district and taxpayers more than $1,200.

Strack and 17 other scouts replaced carpeting and counter tops, installed new storage units and painted the booth last fall. The project earned him his Eagle Scout status on April 22. His mom Kathy Strack said Hopewell Principal Jeff Rouff gave him several ideas for the Eagle project and this one stood out for her son.

“My brother was a contractor and unfortunately my brother got killed by a texting driver in January 2015,” Kathy Strack said. “But Alex still wanted to do something like he would have done with his uncle so that’s why this appealed to him.”

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Strack said he received a $500 donation from the parent teacher organization and “Lowes was very generous.” He estimates the work saved the district more than $1,200. The job took 194 hours of labor over a two-month period.

“We were really proud of the work we did. Mr. Rouff said it turned out better than he ever expected,” Strack said.

Rouff said the high school soccer team used to use the stadium until two years ago when they moved their games to the high school. They now use the field for a host of events including eight to 10 junior high football games, a cross country meet with almost 1,000 runners participating, the Battle Hawk Challenge Obstacle Course race and Field Day at the end of the year.

He said Strack’s project was much appreciated.

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“He did a tremendous job utilizing community resources, leading fellow scouts, and enlisting the guidance of knowing adults to complete the project. He took it all on himself and saw the project through to its completion,” Rouff said. “I could not be more proud of the job that he did on our press box and we consider ourselves very lucky to have such a great space at a junior high venue.”

His mom also couldn’t be more proud.

“A lot of them try to squeeze something in at the last minute and he worked really hard, got it done,” Kathy Strack said. “He was helping the younger kids with the different scouting requirements. I’m pretty proud of this guy.”

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