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More than fifty parishioners, friends and family members applauded as Boy Scouts of America Istrouma Council’s Troop 12 honored Donald Matthew Lafleur, Luke Gerard LaHaye and Thomas Clarke DeMars on Sunday, July 12 during an Eagle Scout Court of Honor held at Our Lady of Mercy Parish Activity Center. Father Micheal Allelo, Pastor of St. Philomena Catholic Church, and Catholic High Alum gave the invocation as David Gianelloni administered the Eagle Scout Charge and Oath. Scoutmaster, Frank Vicari presented the three young men from the Our Lady of Mercy Church based group to Assistant Scoutmasters Steve Brumfield and John Tessier and Committee Chairmen Tom Issacs and Chuck Warr. They received their Eagle pins and certificates from their parents. All three young men have been members of the parish scouting program since attending kindergarten together at Our Lady of Mercy, and are 2009 graduates of Catholic High School in Baton Rouge.
Matthew Lafleur is the son of Lydia Lafleur and James Creaghan. He plans to attend Louisiana State University in the fall, where he will study electrical engineering. His Eagle project included renovating, painting and carpeting two meeting rooms in the Parish Youth House, as well as the installation of new wooden blinds throughout the meeting areas. He believes that being an Eagle Scout means years of commitment and proves that he will be able to stand up to the challenges facing him while staying calm.
Luke LaHaye is the son of Tina and Mark LaHaye. He will attend Louisiana State University in the fall. Luke created a Butterfly Garden for the Pre-Kindergarten class at LaSalle Elementary School. It was designed to encourage the students to learn about planting and cultivating flowers, watermelons and tomatoes and to see the phases of butterflies. He also built a ramp in the play area for bicycling. He learned perseverance while earning his Eagle Award and gained a sense of accomplishment from his years of scouting.
Clarke is the son of Tom and Betty DeMars, and is planning to attend The University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee in the fall. He designed and built four portable folding storage units for the classrooms at the Speech and Hearing Foundation. They were designed to be opened and closed to store toys and supplies for autistic children. He is proud to be an Eagle Scout because they are known for their leadership potential, strong work ethic and honor.
Troop 12 at Our Lady of Mercy has produced 96 Eagle Scouts since its inception in 1955, thanks to the many volunteers and leaders as well as support from the Parish Officers.