By Sue Botos
Rocky River High School senior Zachary Paull smiles when asked what he does in his spare time.
“Everything I do I enjoy. Nothing I do is a chore; it’s all enjoyable,” said the 18-year-old at a recent school board meeting where he was honored for receiving the rank of Eagle, Boy Scouts of America’shighest award. Only one out of 100 scouts ever attain the rank.
While working to achieve the Eagle rank, scouts are required to do a community service project, and Paull chose a beautification project at Rocky River Methodist Church. “I thought it would be appropriate to give back to the church where I am a member and that sponsors our troop,” he explained. Paull’s project included the installation of a small patio and benches for parents over looking a playground, which Paull said, looked “a little bare” after a remodeling project at the church.
On his way to his most recent honor, Paull was also awarded the Boy Scout’s Medal of Merit and has earned 28 merit badges. He said he has been a scout since Tiger Cubs, the youngest level of involvement.
Aside from his work with the scouts, Paull is a member of the National Honor Society at Rocky River High School. He is also a member of the marching and concert bands and serves as band secretary. He is involved in the River’s Edge Show Choir, drama club, Club SODA, forensics, Model UN and the track and field team. Paull’s volunteer activities also include work with Community Challenge, Relay for Life, and Youth Challenge.
When asked what his friends thought of his sticking with scouting long after many teenagers drop out, Paull stated, “They know it’s an important accomplishment. I have a lot of friends in scouting and they know it’s important.”
Paull is considering the College of Wooster, Miami University, Ohio Wesleyan and Wittenberg University for his post-high school studies. Mom Gwen, who along with Paull’s dad Bret attended the ceremony, revealed that their son is planning on being a teacher. Asked if any teacher in particular had inspired him, Paull responded, “All of my teachers were wonderful. I’ve had a great education.” He said that this, along with the leadership skills he has honed through scouting have prepared him for college.
School board members praised Paull for his accomplishment. Board President Jean Rounds told him, “It takes dedication and commitment to achieve this, and it looks great on a resume.”
“This will change who he is. I have almost as much pride in him as his parents,” stated Jon Fancher. Jay Milano added, “Your commitment to excellence over time is something to be proud of.”