James David Donnelly III recently attained the rank of Eagle, the highest rank of the Boy Scouts of America.
An Eagle Scout must complete at least 21 merit badges and organize a service project that benefits his church, community or school. J.D. planned and led a crew that built the greenhouse shed for the Lake Placid Community Garden on Old Military Road. He first joined Scouts as a Tiger Cub with Pack 9 in Clinton at age 7. J.D. later continued his Boy Scout experience with Troop 26 in Mohawk and later transferred to Saranac Lake Troop 1 and Lake Placid Troop 10. He regularly attended summer camp at Camp Russell and Read Scout Reservation.
J.D. is completing his senior year at The Clarkson School in Potsdam and will graduate from Saranac Lake High School in June. He enjoys math, science, music, and the arts, and plans on studying aerospace engineering. J.D. wants to express his appreciation for the support he received from the Scouts and Scout leaders, school teachers, church leaders, and the many community members in Saranac Lake and Lake Placid for making this achievement possible. He is the son of Jim and Joanne Donnelly, formerly of Lake Placid.
Pictured from left are assistant Scoutmaster John Huttlinger Jr., James David Donnelly and Scoutmaster Jeff Pedu.