BYRAM — Troop 276 in Byram recently celebrated the advancements of Eagle Scouts David Magrini and Evan Rizzo at a Court of Honor. Each of the Scouts distinguished themselves in both their scouting and school careers.


Magrini exceeded the 21 merit badges needed for Eagle by earning 35 and thereby being awarded two Palms along with the Eagle rank. He also was elected to the Order of the Arrow and earned multiple service awards. His Eagle Project was to construct a prayer garden at St. Michael's Church in Netcong where he and his family are parishioners. Outside of scouting, he was a student at Morris County School of Technology where he was a National Honor Society and National Technical Honor Society member. While attending school there he also was a percussionist with the Lenape Valley marching band and, in his junior year, was part of the group that were State and National Champions. He is currently a computer science major at Morris County School of Technology.


Evan Rizzo, a close friend of Magrini's, followed a similar path in scouting and education. His Eagle Project was designing and building a monarch butterfly way station in a park near his home in Stanhope. It is expected to help conserve and sustain the butterflies who are losing their natural habitat. Rizzo earned 37 merit badges and three Palms along with his Eagle rank. He also was a member of Order of the Arrow and earned multiple service awards. He is a senior at Pope John XXIII High School and captain of its award-winning Robotics Team. The team placed third in the world in competition in 2019 and, in addition to leading the team, he has mentored elementary and middle-school students in robotics. He has earned five varsity letters and five academic awards and is a NJ FIRST dean's list semi-finalist. In college he plans to major in mechanical engineering and has received multiple scholarship offers.