Six members of Boy Scout Troop 199 in Fairfield have earned the rank of Eagle Scout.
Michael Connelly, William Fulda, Conor McGuinness, Michael McQuade, William Poling and Eric Rasmussen will be awarded their certificates at the Eagle Court of Honor ceremony on Saturday, Jan. 26, at 2 p.m. at Fairfield Ludlowe High School.
Michael Connelly, son of Susan Connelly, is a sophomore at Fairfield Prep, where he maintains cum laude rank.
Michael’s Eagle project involved collecting new and “like new” sneakers for both the Bridgeport Rescue Mission and the Bridgeport Prospect House. Initially, his goal was to collect 100 pairs of shoes, but the generosity of the Fairfield community pushed his final total to 668 pairs of shoes.
Additionally, he was able to donate more that 200 bus tokens to Prospect House so those in need could travel to jobs and interviews.
In addition to being a member of Troop 199, Michael competes in springboard driving year round. As a freshman, he was an active member of Fairfield Prep’s state and Class LL champion swimming and diving team. He enjoys music of all types and plays both the clarinet and oboe.
Michael is continuing his participation in scouting activities and has set a goal of achieving as many palms as he can before his 18th birthday (still more than two years away).
Will Fulda, son of Lynelle and Gordon Fulda, is a 17-year-old senior at Fairfield Warde High School. For his Eagle project, Will designed, built and installed several benches for a beach area at Lake Mohegan where residents often take their dogs. Will and his family liked to take their dogs for walks in the Lake Mohegan/Cascades Open Space areas, and he noticed that there was no place to sit and relax at the “dog beach.” He worked with the town’s Parks and Recreation Department.
Will was also elected to The Order of the Arrow and earned the 50-Miler Award. He has served as patrol leader and assistant senior patrol leader for the troop.
He enjoyed attending summer camp at Camp Yawgoog in Rhode Island for many years and earned four Mile Swim awards.
He is a member of the Southport Congregational Church and participated in a youth mission to the Cheyenne Reservation to rebuild houses and run a summer camp. He plays hockey and volleyball for Fairfield Warde and works as a lifeguard for the Lake Hills Association.
Will plans to study business and mathematics in college.
His father served as Troop 199’s Scoutmaster and is an Eagle Scout himself.
Conor McGuinness, son of Kate and Pat McGuinness, is a senior at Fairfield Warde High School. Conor’s Eagle project consisted of a food and clothing drive to benefit the Bridgeport Rescue Mission. He collected more than 2,400 pounds of food, as well as more than $1,500 in cash donations.
Conor has held several leadership roles within Troop 199, including senior patrol leader, patrol leader, assistant patrol leader and instructor. He earned 21 merit badges, including Citizenship in the Community, First Aid and Wilderness Survival.
Conor is a three-season varsity athlete in tennis, indoor track and football, as well as an honors student. He is active in the St. Pius Parish and has been a catechist for the religious education program, an altar server and an Eucharistic Minister. As a member of the St. Pius Youth Group, Conor has participated in missions trips each summer to the Boston area to help the underprivileged.
He has a black belt in Kenpo karate.
Michael Eaton McQuade
Michael Eaton McQuade, son of Marilyn and Timothy McQuade of Fairfield, is a 19-year-old freshman at Central Connecticut State University. Michael’s Eagle project was a conservation project at the Burr Street Audubon Society this past October. He, his friends and fellow scouts blazed trails and installed signage for the Azalea and Hemlock trails.
Michael raised the money to support his project from generous contributions from his family at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Fairfield where Michael had been involved as a Chalice Bearer and as a member of the youth group program until college.
Michael was a captain of the Fairfield Ludlowe High School Football Team in his senior year of high school. He also participated in track and volleyball during high school.
He has been a member of Troop 199 since sixth grade.
William G. Poling
William G. Poling, son of Pam and Jeff Poling, is a 16-year-old junior at Fairfield Ludlowe High School. For his Eagle project, Will led a team of friends, scouts and parents in a project benefiting the Operation Hope Food Pantry.
He was introduced to the pantry while completing service hours in the kitchen. After meeting the people that Operation Hope serves, as well as the people who work there, Will was moved to organize a food drive in cooperation with the Villa Avenue Stop & Shop.
Will hopes to study history and law enforcement in college.
He plays offensive left tackle for the Ludlowe High School junior varsity football team and is the film critic for the school newspaper.
He is a member of Southport Congregational Church Youth Group, where he teaches second grade church school. With his Youth Group, Will has traveled to the South Dakota Cheyenne Indian Reservation and to Maine to do house repairs for impoverished areas.
From the time that he knew his dad was an Eagle Scout, he decided that he wanted to do the same.
Eric Rasmussen, son of Jarry and Terri Rasmussen, is a junior at Fairfield Ludlowe High School. Eric worked with Trout Unlimited to clean up a section of Halfway River on the Monroe/Newtown border for his Eagle Project. The river and waterfront were polluted with junked cars, appliances, water heaters and household trash. Volunteers for this project included family, friends, scouts and members of Trout Unlimited, who hauled the garbage up a steep hill to a container provided by City Carting.
City Carting also donated all the proceeds from the scrap metal back to Troop 199.
Eric has held numerous positions in Troop 199, including assistant senior patrol leader, patrol leader and scribe. He attended the National Boy Scout Jamboree in 2010. Eric was elected to The Order of the Arrow and participated in the Thunderbird Youth Leadership Training.
Eric is a long-distance swimmer on the Fairfield High School co-op swim team. He is also a member of the Key Club. He has been a member of the Fairfield YMCA FlyFins Swim Team for 10 years. For the past two summers, Eric worked as a lifeguard for the Lake Hills Beach Association.
Eric traveled to China last spring with his foreign language class.