Shelton teen earns Eagle Scout rank by sprucing up church grounds

A Court of Honor took place at St. Joseph Parish in Shelton to present Christopher M. Haack with his Eagle Scout rank.

Chris, 17, of Shelton, is a member of Troop 19 at St. Joseph. He has earned 43 merit badges as a Scout, which is more than twice the number needed for Eagle Scout.

For his Eagle Scout project, Chris landscaped a section of the St. Joseph Parish grounds on Fairmont Place, adjacent to the large parking lot. He led a crew that planted roses and lilies; installed a border, weed control fabric and mulch; and added a statue of St. Joseph and a granite memorial marker.

The project involved more than 165 service hours from fellow Scouts, friends and Troop 19 adult leaders. He secured needed items from local businesses and donations from parish members.

Chris dedicated the project to his great-grandmother, Ida Minolaio, who is 100 years old and shared her joy of gardening with her grandson at a young age.

Plans to study chemical engineering

Chris is a senior at St. Joseph High School in Trumbull, where he is a member of the National Honor Society and runs cross country. In Shelton, he played youth baseball, basketball and soccer.

The son of Wayne and Nancy Haack, he plans to study chemical engineering in college this fall.

Community service, camping and hiking

Chris began his scouting involvement in 2002. He participated in many community service projects, went on numerous camping and hiking trips, and went to a Scout camp for seven summers.

He attended the 100th scouting anniversary Jamboree at Fort A.P. Hill in Virginia; completed a 70-mile hike at Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico; and fished, snorkeled and sailed at the Scouts’ Florida Sea Base.

Lifelong St. Joseph Church member

Among the speakers at his Court of Honor on Nov. 24 were Mitch Marcinauskis, Troop 19 committee chairman; Ray Spagnuolo, Troop 19 founding scoutmaster; and Msgr. Chris Walsh, St. Joseph Church pastor.

Mayor Mark Lauretti and state Rep. Jason Perillo were among the dignitaries at the event.

Chris is a lifelong member of St. Joseph Church in Shelton, where he has been an alter server for more than a decade.

Editor’s note: The version of this story that appeared in the Shelton Herald print edition misidentified Ida Minolaio as Chris Haack’s grandmother. She is his great-grandmother. We regret the error and any confusion it may have caused.