WHSAD graduate David Segarra, from the class of 2015, reached the status of Eagle Scout in Boy Scout Troop 26. In order to reach this status, David used strategies he learned from his internship at Greenwood Cemetery and lessons from his architecture classes. David’s project was to lead a restoration of St. John’s Lutheran Church, which had suffered years of water damage and neglect. David’s project was to lead a team to paint and plaster the walls and focus much of the team’s effort to repair the damaged vestibule. Prior to getting to the repair portion of the project, David had to develop a budget and raise the amount needed to complete the project.
Specifically, David was able to use the skills he gained during his internship at Greenwood Cemetery to develop this restoration project and take part in the restoration. During his internship, he was responsible for restoring damaged headstones and monuments. He also learned how to work on a team of people dedicated to completing a project. When he took on the task to restore St. John’s Lutheran Church, David also recalled his time serving as a mural artist for Groundswell and the building of tree guards for community businesses. All of these experiences, in addition to his coursework, gave David a well rounded skill set to conduct the restoration project. David is currently pursuing paramedic certification at LaGuardia Community College.
David strongly encourages all students to take part in as many learning experiences as possible as such experiences teach students how to work with their classmates to not only gain skills for themselves as individuals but also make things better for their community.