WHS senior on his way to receiving Eagle Scout rank

A local high school senior is near to earning his Eagle Scout rank after 12 years of being a member of the local Boy Scouts.

Wapakoneta High School senior David Digiovanni recently completed his Eagle Scout project and his work recognized during a dedication ceremony held this past weekend.

The seventeen-year-old Troop 4 member spent the last year constructing a pet park in Buckland for his project while building stronger friendships with his fellow Boy Scouts.

“I went to the village and asked what I could do to help out,” Digiovanni said. “The mayor (Dan Lambert) had wanted a pet park for years.”

After hearing about this idea, Digiovanni took on the project in November 2010 with the planning process, and then began on the physical work in August 2011.

“I had friends, family and members from the troop help,” Digiovanni said.

The pet park consists of two sections, a separated area for small dogs and another area for larger dogs. The park, which is 80-feet long and 120-feet wide, also includes a holding area.

The park’s location is next to the Buckland Community Park and cemetery.

One of the first steps to building the park included drilling post holes — which hold up the fence — by hand.

“It was exhausting,” Digiovanni said, of the beginning stage of the project.

To pay for all the material, Digiovanni conducted a few fundraising and received donations from The Eagles in Wapakoneta, Buckland Recreation, AMVETS, Dad’s Toy Shop, Macky’s Health Market, The Cheese Cottage, Masonic Lodge and relatives.

After the completion of the project, Digiovanni said he felt relieved.

“It felt good because now I know that stage of the process is done,” Digiovanni said.

The next step in the process for the Boy Scout is to pass the interview portion and submit the paperwork necessary to obtain an Eagle Scout rank.

Digiovanni said that receiving this achievement will help him with his plans after high school.

The son of Patty and Keith Richardson and Bobby Digiovanni plans to join the U.S. Air Force after graduation.

“I am more of a hands-on type of person,” Digiovanni said. “I have to be working with my hands. My parents tell me that I am mechanically inclined.”

Digiovanni said he feels that this career path is the perfect fit for him and that being a part of the Boy Scout program has helped him prepare for his future.

“When I was young I used to be shy,” Digiovanni said. “The scouts has helped me to get out of that phase and be a leader.”