‘Strong-willed’ teen earns Eagle Scout

By Sybil Blau
NEWS-TIMES CORRESPONDENT
2003-02-13

 
Work on a project refurbishing the outdoor classroom trails behind Hawley School in 2001 earned Will Simmons IV Eagle Scout status.
 

Work on a project refurbishing the outdoor classroom trails behind Hawley School in 2001 earned Will Simmons IV Eagle Scout status.

Busy. That’s one word that describes Will Simmons IV.

Simmons, however, thinks of himself as "strong-willed. What ever I set myself to do, I always get done and done to the best of my ability.”

Simmons, a Newtown High School senior, earned Eagle Scout status Jan. 11 for work he and 10 volunteers did in refurbishing the outdoor classroom trails behind Hawley School in 2001.

"The Hawley Class of 1994 paid to have the trails cleared,” he said, "but by 2000, they were in bad shape.”

Simmons and his team cleaned the trails, cut down trees and built boxes to capture animal paw imprints.

"We started the work in late 2000 and finished in 2001,” Simmons said.

Besides scouting, Simmons has a host of other things that keep him busy.

"I do lots of things,” the 18-year-old said. "I’m captain of the NHS indoor track team, a busboy at Mona Lisa Restaurant and I occasionally work at Fairfield Auction as a stock boy and item displayer when they have an auction.

"I also work for the parks and rec department as a swim instructor for kids 2 to 12. I’m on the Newtown Youth Services Youth Advisory Board and a member of its ABC Club, and I’m a dog walker for the Newtown Pound.”

Then, musing for a moment, Simmons added, "I’ve probably forgotten something.”

While his list of activities is daunting, he doesn’t see it that way.

"Each activity has its own reason,” he noted. "I like dogs, I like the outdoors, so Scouting lets me to that, and all the jobs allow me to talk to people. I like doing that.”

Simmons hopes to enter the College of Charleston as a business major this fall.

In his spare time he fiddles with cars and stereo equipment.


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