AUBURN, Mass. – After working hard for months to put up a dugout at Lemansky Park, Auburn High School senior Matthew Lavallee is closing in on the highest rank in Boy Scouts.
Lavallee, with the help of his parents, peers, head of the Parks Department and a contractor, is almost done with building a third-base dugout at Lemansky Park. He said that fencing still needs to be added to complete his Eagle Scout project.
“It was a long process with planning the construction of it, so I’m glad it’s over,” Lavallee said. “I’m proud of all the work that went into it. It was definitely a great experience.”
Lavallee decided to build the dugout for his Eagle project after another scout recently built the first-base dugout. Lavallee’s project cost about $1,500, which he received through donations from the town’s Little League and a few businesses around town.
Wayne Bloomquist, head of the town’s Parks, Cemetery and Recreation department, is the sponsor for Lavallee’s Eagle Scout project. Bloomquist said that Lavallee has coordinated an excellent team.
“He’s doing an excellent job with the project,” Bloomquist told the Board of Selectmen at a recent meeting.
Lavallee said that this dugout project is the biggest step for him to achieve the Eagle rank. Upon final completion of the dugout and a few other steps, he expects to receive the Eagle Scout ranking sometime this winter.
In addition to scouting, Lavallee is a distance runner, and he ran in the MIAA cross country state championship race for Auburn High School on Nov. 17 at Northfield Mountain. He came in 135th place in the Division 2 race.
“It was such an honor to be there among the best in the state,” Lavallee said. “It was the biggest race I’ve ever been in, and it was my last cross country race ever, so I couldn’t have ended it any better.”
Lavallee said he’s really looking forward to the indoor track season when he’ll primarily run the 2-mile race. He is also planning on running in college for a Division 2 or 3 school. Lavallee said he wants to study communications and broadcast journalism, and Emerson College is toward the top of his list.