Hari Channagiri, Stepinac '18 deserves to be an Eagle Scout in Boy Scouts of America

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Hari Channagiri is 18 years old and will be attending Rensselaer Polytechic Institute, majoring in Electrical Engineering this fall. On Wednesday night at 6:30 PM the town will dedicate a bridge Hari constructed at E Rumbrook Park off of Dobbs Ferry Road – as part of his Eagle Scout project. Later that evening, at 7:30 PM the Greenburgh Town Board will honor Hari at our Town Board meeting for his outstanding work. Unfortunately, Hari was not able to acquire the Eagle Scout Rank in spite of completing all the requirements on time, including his project. This was due to an Eagle Scout requirement which stated that one must hold the rank of Life Scout for 6 months before their 18th birthday. Because Hari got his Life Scout Rank in February, he was only a Life Scout for 4 months.

During his years as a Boy Scout, he was able to reach the Life Scout Rank, the second highest rank possible for a Scout. To reach the final Rank of Eagle Scout, one must conduct a service project to benefit his community. Hari wanted to incorporate his passion for engineering and design into his project and decided he wanted to build a bridge.

After contacting local authorities, he began work constructing a bridge over a stream at East Rumbrook Park. The stream had been eroding the soil and was making it difficult for people to cross from one part of the trail to the other side without getting wet. Thus, a bridge would allow easy access to the other side.

He began the project in the beginning of March 2018 and finished in the last week of May, also having completed an additional side-project of expanding the trail naturally to allow people to access the bridge through a scenic route.

He enlisted some handymen who assisted in measuring, cutting, and mixing cement. He would like to thank them, Parks Commissioner Gerard Byrne, Parks Superintendent Bobby Breen, and his Troopmates from Boy Scouts Troop 4 Scarsdale for all their help. Hari said, "I am grateful for the support and encouragement offered by the Town Supervisor, the Parks Commissioner, and the Parks Superintendent, and thankful for their help in finishing the project so quickly."

Hari is an exceptional young man and the town is very grateful to him for his hard work, dedication and leadership skills. His efforts will be appreciated by residents of the town who enjoy East Rumbrook Park for many years to come.