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Teen earns Eagle Scout status

From left, Troop 54 Scoutmaster Adam Ripley reads John Sowieja Jr’s Scouting accomplishments, John stands between his parents, Dianna and John Sowieja Sr. (Submitted photos)1 / 7
John Sowieja Jr.’s Eagle Scout project was to lead a team to stain the railings of the Glover Schoolhouse at DeSanctis Park. There were hundreds of feet of railings that had to be powerwashed, stained several times and sealed. This is a before photo.2 / 7
Here is a side view of the Eagle Scout project John Soweija Jr. completed after over 120 man hours of work.3 / 7
On May 8, Mother's Day, State Sen. Sheila Harsdorf presented John Leonard Sowieja II an award of accomplishments and a flag that was flown over the state capital. 4 / 7
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Left, John's brother Carl Sowieja earned his Eagle rank last summer, brother Joe Sowieja with star rank, and John Sowieja Jr. This was at Carl Sowieja's Eagle Ceremony last Summer6 / 7
Working after dark.7 / 7

John Sowieja Jr., 17, of River Falls Boy Scout Troop 9054, has achieved the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest rank possible.

Over the years he was named to the Order of the Arrow and earned 30 merit badges, including camping, aviation, and snow sports.

He volunteers with the NHS National Honor Society at The Lutheran Home and for his church mission trip, along with being a counselor in training at Tomahawk Scout Reservation.

Sowieja is a member of the tennis and cross country teams and snowboards with the ski and snowboard club at River Falls High School.

For his Eagle Scout project, Sowieja planned and organized a team to stain the railings of the deck and handicap ramp, totaling several hundred feet, at the historical Glover Schoolhouse building in DeSanctis Park on the west side of River Falls.

“I chose my Eagle Scout project to re stain Glover Schoolhouse deck railing because  it is a historical landmark and important to River Falls. Also, when you are talking a walk in the park surrounding it, the old style and history makes it fun to look at as you walk by or even stop for a picnic,” said John. The project took over 120 volunteer hours to complete.

John is the son of John and Dianna Sowieja of the town of River Falls and a junior at River Falls High School, and the second in his family to be an Eagle Scout. The first was his brother Carl, who received his two years ago. Carl is now an Airman in the U.S. Air Force.