Eagle Scout Award to be Presented to Kevin Perkowitz
Kevin L. Perkowitz, age 18, of Lake Zurich, Illinois, has earned the highest advancement award the Boy Scouts of America offers to Scouts, the Eagle Scout Award. Perkowitz will be recognized in an Eagle Scout Court of Honor on Saturday, December 15, 2012 at 11:30 AM at the American Legion Hall, 51 Lions Drive, Lake Zurich, Illinois.
A member of Troop 964 sponsored by American Legion Post #964, Perkowitz is one of approximately 4 percent of all Boy Scouts who attain the Eagle rank. Each candidate must earn 21 merit badges and successfully complete a community, church, or synagogue-related service project to earn his Eagle. Perkowitz chose to blaze a hiking trail and build and install two benches along Indian Creek in Long Grove. The project was completed on behalf of the Long Grove Park District to benefit the community, and required approximately 50 volunteers working almost 300 hours. The project was funded by money collected from fundraisers held by two Lake Zurich restaurants, Hackney's and Bellalukes. A number of local businesses also donated or discounted services, equipment, and food to feed the volunteers including Bellalukes, Old World Bakery, Dunkin' Donuts, Home Depot, Rental Max, Robert W. Hendricksen Company, and David Mae Construction Company.
Perkowitz has served as a Den Chief, Patrol Leader, Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, and Senior Patrol Leader and received the Brotherhood Honor in the Order of the Arrow, Boy Scout’s Honor Society. He is the sixth Eagle Scout in his family including his Dad, two uncles, and two cousins. He joins other outstanding American citizens who have become Eagle Scouts, among them former President Gerald R. Ford, Jr., astronaut Neil A. Armstrong, cinematographer Steven Spielberg, and the head of the F.B.I., William Sessions. Perkowitz is active in German Club, Drama Club, and Scholastic Bowl at Lake Zurich High School, where he is a Senior. He plans to attend Harper College in Palatine, Illinois in the fall of 2013. He is the son of Mary and Gary Perkowitz of Lake Zurich, Illinois.