Nicholas Arthur Chiara, 17, of Louisville, Ky., and John Matthew DiFelice, 17, of Fort Knox, have earned the highest advancement award the Boy Scouts of America offers to Scouts, the Eagle Scout award.
Both members of Troop 128, chartered under Fort Knox Federal Credit Union, Chiara and DiFelice represent a small number of all Boy Scouts who attain the Eagle rank, according to Scoutmaster Mick Chiara.
“Only about four out of every 100 scouts achieves the Eagle rank,” he said. “This is a unique accomplishment and both of these young men should be commended on their accomplishments.”
Each candidate must earn a minimum of 21 merit badges and successfully complete a community, church, or synagogue-related service project to earn his Eagle. DiFelice chose to do an equestrian trail upgrade, building hitching posts and steps for horseback riders; Chiara chose to do an archery range improvement. Both projects were for the recently re-opened Otter Creek Park Outdoor Recreation Area located in Brandenburg, Ky.
Chiara has served as a senior patrol leader, assistant senior patrol leader and patrol leader for the troop. He has earned the Mile Swim and World Conservation awards.
DiFelice has served as senior patrol leader, patrol leader and historian for the troop.
Both Scouts are Ordeal Members of the Order of the Arrow, Scouting’s National Honors Society. Chiara and DiFelice join other outstanding American citizens who have become Eagle Scouts, among them former President Gerald R. Ford, Jr., astronaut Neil A. Armstrong, cinematographer Steven Spielberg, and the former head of the F.B.I, William Sessions.
DiFelice is a member of Prichard Chapel, and is active in football, soccer, swim and tennis at Fort Knox High School, where he is a junior.
He is the son of John and Tracy DiFelice of Fort Knox.
Chiara is a senior at Atherton High School in Louisville where he participated in the marching, concert and jazz bands, and was a member of the Atherton Rugby Club. He is the son of Mick and Nancy Chiara of Louisville.