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SHREWSBURY, Massachusetts – At a November 2013 Court of Honor at First Congregational Church in Shrewsbury, Christian C. Alexandrou, 18, of Worcester, was formally recognized as an Eagle Scout by Shrewsbury Boy Scout Troop 114. Christian is the 113th scout in Troop 114’s ninety-seven-year history to achieve Eagle Scout, the highest rank of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA).
To become an Eagle Scout, a Life Scout must have earned 21 merit badges throughout his scouting career, served actively in a position of responsibility within the troop, and have planned, developed and given leadership to an Eagle Scout Service Project that benefits a religious institution, a school or the community. In 2012, around seven percent of all Boy Scouts achieved the rank of Eagle Scout.
Joining in 2001, Christian began his scouting career with Shrewsbury Cub Scout Pack 114. He has been a member of Boy Scout Troop 114 since 2006, held the positions of Scribe, Chaplain’s Aid, Patrol Leader, and Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, and earned 34 merit badges.
Christian’s Eagle Scout Service Project involved the creation of a Veterans’ Memorial Garden on the property of St. Spyridon’s Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Worcester. Christian led a group of scouts and adults over multiple weekends in the installation of a walkway of red bricks engraved with the names of local war veterans of the Greek Orthodox faith. Two 25-foot flagpoles flying the American and Greek flags were erected to represent the community’s heritage. The final phase included planting and mulching nearly 20 evergreen bushes surrounding the memorial. This living memorial honors all Greek Orthodox veterans of war. The project involved over 250 volunteer hours. As a result of Worcester City Councilor Tony Economou’s nomination to recognize Christian’s contribution to the community, Christian was awarded a key to the City by Mayor Joseph Petty on December 3rd, 2013.
During his scouting career Christian attended the BSA’s National Scout Jamboree at Fort AP Hill, Virginia (2010), Florida Sea Base High Adventure, Islamorada, Florida (2011), and Maine High Adventure in the Allagash Watershed (2012). In 2010 he was inducted into the Order of the Arrow, the BSA’s National Honor Society, and participated in National Youth Leadership Training.
A senior and honor roll student at Worcester Academy, Christian is president of the Newman Society community service club, a member of the Philosophical Films Club, and a four-year Varsity Cross Country runner. His church activities include serving as an altar boy, volunteering as a staff member during summer festivals and participating as an honorary member of St. Spyridon Veterans’ Recognition Committee.
After high school, Christian will attend Loyola University Chicago as a Dean’s Scholar majoring in Political Science on a pre-law track, and plans to participate in public service activities. He credits Scouting with instilling in him the value of always helping others.
Christian lives in Worcester with his parents, Mr. Dean Alexandrou & Dr. Diane Karalekas.