Celebration student soars high by earning Eagle Scout badge

  • Submitted photo. For his Eagle Scout project, Kevin led a team to build a mobility ramp for a retired teacher.
    Submitted photo. For his Eagle Scout project, Kevin led a team to build a mobility ramp for a retired teacher.
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A Celebration High School student and Boy Scout soared high above by earning his Eagle Scout badge for helping build a mobility ramp for a retired teacher.

The Eagle Court of Honor Ceremony for Kevin Swamy, of Troop 528 in Davenport, was held on Jan. 11, at 11 a.m.

It was attended by Kissimmee Mayor Jose Alvarez, Davenport Mayor H.B. Robinson and representatives from the offices of Sen. Rick Scott, Congressman Darren Soto and Congressman Ross Spano.

For his Eagle Scout project, Kevin led a team to build a mobility ramp for a retired teacher, Bertha Jo Green (known as Aunt Jo by her students), who had 40 years in the classroom, and who has volunteered at the Davenport School for the Arts for 20 years. The ramp had been destroyed by Hurricane Irma.

“I was ever so shocked,” said Green in an article published by the Four Corners News-Sun. “It was amazing how many people showed up (to work on the ramp) at a time. It was really a community effort, all organized by Kevin. I consider it a gift from God.”

According to the Eagle Scout ceremony program, every summer, Kevin volunteers at the Rotary Sanskardham School of the Hearing Impaired in Mumbai India. He teaches math, computer science and English.

He wishes to pursue higher education in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). He is a member of the National Honor Science. Kevin plays golf for his school. He also enjoys listening to music and playing the piano.

According to the program, in Scouting, Kevin is inspired to pursue his dreams. By being a world citizen, he pursued world history, culture and governance – not just academically, but from his heart, caring for others in need in these areas.

“I hope to make an impact on the community no matter if it’s international or here in Davenport,” Kevin said in the article.