GJSD Student to Complete Eagle Scout Project at Johnstown Junior-Senior High School on Friday, April 30

Junior Konner Mancini to host Arbor Day ceremony to plant a tree commemorating the COVID-19 pandemic

a young man wearing a Scout uniform stands in front of a yellow shrubJohnstown Junior Konner Mancini has chosen the Johnstown Junior-Senior High School as the site for his Eagle Scout project with the Boy Scouts of America. Mancini will plant a tree to commemorate the COVID-19 pandemic and celebrate the strength and resiliency that Johnstown educators, staff and students have shown throughout the past year.

The public is invited to attend the tree planting dedication, which is planned for Arbor Day — Friday, April 30, 2021, starting at 2:30 p.m. in the bus circle, located near the main entrance of the Johnstown Junior-Senior High School (1 Sir Bills Circle Johnstown, NY 12095).

Konner will begin the process of planting the tree at 2:30 p.m. Friday, with dignitaries, school officials, family, friends and fellow Scout colleagues arriving on-site between 2:30 and 3 p.m.  COVID-19 safety protocols will be observed.

Mancini will plant a White Oak tree, symbolizing strength and perseverance, with a plaque to recognize the adversities that the school community overcame this past year. The 12-foot tall tree was donated in part by Bob’s Trees in Hagaman and the inscribed plaque was donated by Letter Memorial in Johnstown.

“We are grateful and honored that Konner thought to include the GJSD community on his journey to completing the very prestigious rank of Eagle Scout,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. William Crankshaw said. “True to the theme of Konner’s project, I believe we are emerging from this pandemic as a stronger and more cohesive school community. The pandemic revealed our resiliency and showcased our ability to overcome adversity and accept change in order to accomplish our goals.”

A commemorative plaque is shown that will be placed beside a tree that GJSD student Konner Mancini will place next to a tree that he is planting at the junior-senior high shcool.Konner Mancini is the son of Linette and Frank Mancini. He is a member of Boy Scout Venturing Crew 3918 of Johnstown where Bruce Lawrence serves as his Eagle Scout coach. 

At Johnstown High School, Mancini was selected to participate in the HOBY Leadership Program as a sophomore and this year, he was inducted as a member of National Honor Society. He is an active member of the music department at GJSD and has previously participated in both marching band and jazz band as a percussionist. For his senior year, Mancini will be enrolled as a full-time student at FMCC, afterwhich, he will study Agriculture Engineering at SUNY Cobleskill.

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