Grandson of local couple earns Eagle

BOLINGBROOK, Ill. – Anthony Derusha, 17, of Bolingbrook Troop 32 sponsored by St. Francis of Assisi Parish, was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout on Nov. 4, 2013. His Eagle Ceremony was conducted on Feb. 2.

Anthony, a junior at Plainfield South High School, plans on staying in Scouting and getting his Eagle Palms (Bronze, Gold and Silver) which requires three months of service and five merit badges for each palm.

Anthony is the son of Michael Derusha and Linda Loritz-Derusha of Plainfield, Ill. His maternal grandparents are Alvin and Carol Loritz of Escanaba; paternal grandparents are the late Walter J. and Jacqueline Derusha also of Escanaba.

The Eagle Scout rank is the highest rank give by the The Boy Scouts of America. Just over 5 percent of all boys in Boy Scouts achieve this rank. The Scout has to obtain all lower ranks and complete 21 merit badges. The Eagle candidate must also plan and complete a community service project.

One of Anthony’s merit badges was the hiking merit badge. Anthony and his parents hiked around the Escanaba area during Escanaba’s Sesquicentennial, learning about his parents’ hometown.