Brendan McFadden earned Scouting’s highest rank at an Eagle Court of Honor held Feb. 20 at the Bristol Public Library. He is a member of Troop 6, which is based at West Bristol School. A senior at Bristol Central High School, he earned 36 merit badges before completing his Eagle Project, 15 more than is needed. Brendan was escorted by his grandfather, Donald Riccio, who earned his Eagle rank while a member of Troop 6 in 1949.
As part of the ceremony City Councilor Anthony D’Amato read a proclamation from Mayor Ken Cockayne and gave Brendan a key to the city. Also on hand were State representatives Cara Pavalock, Whit Betts, and Frank Nicastro and State Senator Henri Martin. They presented a proclamation from the Connecticut General Assembly.
For his project Brendan made eight slow feeders for the horses at Shepard Meadows Therapeutic Riding Center. These enable the horses to have more access to food, but slow their feeding down so they will not be as prone to colic.
Shepard Meadows Therapeutic Riding Center offers programs where participants can achieve goals to enhance physical, emotional, social, cognitive, behavioral and/or educational skills.
In addition to Scouting, Brendan is a leader of the GX Club at Central, a member of the National Honor Society, the Business National Honor Society and volunteers at Shepard Meadows.
Brendan is the son of Lee and Shawn McFadden and will attend Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute next year and major in Computer Science.