Junior Tyler Haisman has attained the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest possible achievement for a member of the Boy Scouts of America. The award was presented by members of BSA Troop 166 at a Court of Honor, held on September 8, at Saint Viator.
For his Eagle Project, Haisman chose to build a Veterans Memorial Plaza located outside of the school near two athletic fields. His project consisted of installing brick pavers and a memorial plaque around three existing flagpoles. The three flags that fly there are the U.S. flag, the State of Illinois flag and the Saint Viator flag.
It is important to note that the three existing flagpoles are the result of another Troop 166 Eagle Scout Project completed by Matt Beiersdorf in August of 2016. Beiersdorf saw the need for the flags to be properly represented at school sporting events.
Haisman, who served as a volunteer worker on Beiersdorf’s project, came up with the idea to expand up on the area and make it a designated Veteran’s Memorial Plaza. He coordinated with Landscape Construction Corporation (LCC) to complete the project. LCC generously donated the materials and some of the labor for the project. Haisman then ordered a bronze plaque that says, “Dedicated to the men and women who served in the Armed Forces.”
Haisman said he feels it is important to honor Veterans because they give so much to our country. His family has a history of military service, and so the sacrifice is real. “I really wanted to give the Saint Viator Community a central location to honor and celebrate those who have served our country,” he said.
As Haisman was installing the bronze plaque at the site, a man, who is a father of a Saint Viator student and 23-year military veteran, thanked him for installing the plaza honoring veterans. Haisman hopes many more veterans will feel respected and appreciated as they visit the site.
Upon being awarded the Eagle Scout rank, Haisman has successfully earned 33 merit badges, inducted into the Order of the Arrow, and participated in countless weekend camping trips, including a high-adventure trip to North Manatou Island in Michigan.
Haisman is an active member of St. James Parish in Arlington Heights. He is considering a career in engineering or aviation.
Less than four percent of Scouts attain the rank of Eagle, and those who do are expected to set an example for other Scouts and to become the leaders in life that they have demonstrated themselves to be in Scouting.