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Three Scouts soar to rank of Eagle
Pete Fontaine
The Saggal family now has three Eagle Scouts, as John-Paul Saggal (second left) and Stephan Saggal (fourth left) received the distinction Sunday. They’re joined by Assistant Scout Master Aboud Saggal, mother Mira Saggal and brother George Saggal, also an Eagle Scout.

The names John-Paul Saggal, Sergio A. DeSousa-Rosa, Jr. and Stephan John Saggal have been named to the prestigious list of young men who have earned the rank of Eagle Scout from Troop No. 22 at St. Rocco’s Church in Johnston.

All three Scouts, who posted an impressive list of achievements during their Boy Scouts journey, were recognized Sunday in an Eagle Court of Honor ceremony at the Providence Firefighters Hall.

William Dimitri, Esq., the advancement representative and member of St. Rocco’s Church Troop 22, told an overflow audience that the “Eagle Scout is the highest rank attainable in the Boy Scouting program of the Boy Scouts of America.”

Since its introduction in 1911, more than two million young men have earned the Eagle Scout rank. The title of Eagle Scout is held for life, thus giving rise to the Phrase “Once an Eagle, always an Eagle.”

Dimitri, who served as emcee, explained that the requirements for the Eagle Scout honor include earning at least 21 merit badges and demonstrating Scout Spirit through the Boy Scout Oath and Law, service and leadership.

This includes an extensive service project that the Scout plans, organizes and leads. Eagle Scouts are presented with a medal and a badge that recognizes the accomplishments of the scout. Additional recognition can be earned through Eagle Palms, awarded for completing additional tenure, leadership and merit badge requirements.

“John-Paul Aboud Saggal, Sergio DeSousa-Rosa Jr. and Stephan John Saggal have worked hard and are richly deserving of being entered into the Eagle Scout of Honor,” Dimitri said.

John-Paul Saggal organized a project to clean Cranston Cemetery No. 8. He performed the cleanup on May 4, 2011. He cleared the cemetery and also built a bench. Saggal has held several leadership positions, including Assistant Patrol Leader, Patrol Leader, Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, Senior Patrol Leader, Scribe, Quartermaster and Junior Assistant Scout Master.

Sergio A. DeSousa-Rosa Jr. organized a service project with the McAuley House in Providence, collecting $5,000 to help feed the needy served through this ministry. He worked closely with Deborah Clift, the Bishop Hendricken High Liason to McAuley House, to organize and facilitate two major events to achieve his goal.

For the first event, DeSousa-Rosa sold tickets to his friends for an open mic night. At the second event, he organized a phone-a-thon to collection donations and pledges. He supplemented his collection efforts with several canning events, in which he and some friends collected donations at local businesses. He began his project in August 2011 and completed it in January 2012. He, too, has demonstrated leadership, holding the posts of Assistant Patrol Leader, Patrol Leader, Librarian, Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, Senior Patrol Leader and Junior Assistant Scoutmaster.

Stephan John Saggal organized a project to clean Dame Farm Cemetery No. 11 in Johnston. He coordinated his effort though the Johnston Historical Society and performed the cleanup on Oct. 13, 2012. As an Assistant Patrol Leader, Patrol Leader, Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, Senior Patrol Leader, Quartermaster and Troop Guide, Saggal set an example for younger Boy Scouts.

John-Paul Saggal is a Class of 2011 alumni of Bishop Hendricken High School. Sergio DeRousa-Rosa Jr. and Stephen Saggal are currently seniors at the Warwick-based school. All three boys were inducted into the Brother Edmund Rice National Honor Society and all three were involved in various extra-curricular activities and performed many services hours through school and in their community.


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