East Hills boy builds pergola for village in Eagle Scout project

East Hills boy builds pergola for village in Eagle Scout project
East Hills resident Yuhao "Jonathan" Lin was recognized by East Hills Mayor Michael Koblenz for his contribution of a pergola in The Park at East Hills for his Eagle Scout project. (Photo courtesy of Bill Burton)

As part of his Eagle Scout program, East Hills resident and senior at the Roslyn High School, Yuhao “Jonathan” Lin, built a handsome Pergola to the Park at East Hills. Johnathan has been a member of the Boy Scouts since he was in sixth grade, continuing to rise through the ranks from Scout, to Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class, Star Scout, and finally Life Scout.

(Photo courtesy of Bill Burton)

The contribution for a community, officially acknowledged through a commendation, was required by the Boy Scouts which trains young men to be better citizens, as well as helps them build character and develop their leadership skills. His next step, to become an Eagle Scout, required him to take on a project that would benefit the community.

“Being an Eagle Scout isn’t just an honor, it is also a responsibility,” Lin said. “It helps me aspire to greater expectations and encourages me to be an active member of my community.”

To become an Eagle Scout, in addition to a contribution to the community, 13 merit badges are required, including diverse learning areas such as managing finances and even learning how to cook.

“I am grateful for the contribution made by Jonathan to East Hills,” Mayor Michael Koblenz said. “He is quite a craftsman. The new pergola and will be a real asset for our community.”

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