The Council is proud to congratulate Seamus Gillis as the recipient of the 2022 Louis & Sally Langie Eagle Scout Scholarship.
Seamus is an Eagle Scout from Troop 105 in Mendon, NY which is Chartered by Mendon Fire Department. He first joined Scouting in Kindergarten as Tiger Cub in Pack 105. During his Scouting career he has served in leadership roles as Senior Patrol Leader (SPL), Assistant Senior Patrol Leader (ASPL), Historian, Patrol Leader, Secretary, Troop Guide, and Instructor. He was also a staff member at National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) for three years and an instructor for VICTORY (NYLT’s post-Covid virtual NYLT program in Summer 2020).
Academics are very important to Seamus, and he has been in both Advanced Placement and Honors courses throughout his high school career. He is also a three-sports athlete and been part of both Sectional and State Championship Teams for his high school, and as a musician has received vocal awards from the Rochester Philharmonic League. In Fall 2022 he will attend Cornell University where he will major in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences and Music. He plans to pursue his education in Planetary Geology and pursue a career in planetary science, looking at the history and geology of other planets to we can use those resources to better humanity. He hopes this path will lead him to work at places such as NASA or Space X as a researcher or analyst, or a project designer to find new ways to use space resources.
Seamus comes from a supportive family that strives for achievement. His sister is currently earning an undergraduate degree at Colorado School of Mines, and his brother, who was born an incomplete quadriplegic and is working on a PhD in math at Cornell University. His father is a full-time caregiver for his brother, and his mother is a Primary Care Physician with Rochester Regional Health.
Seamus told us, “If I was talking to a family considering joining Scouting, I would tell them that gift of Scouting is truly immeasurable. All my experiences, all the opportunities afforded to me and all the enjoyment I have felt over the past 13 years is unquantifiable. The only way to understand that is to experience it for yourself. Learning, enjoyment, leadership, and service all come to a head in Scouting, which is quite uncommon for any organization of any size. Scouting is a truly unique experience. I’m glad that I joined, and I feel everyone should be able to join and see what they can do through Scouting.”
For more information on applying for the Louis and Sally Langie Eagle Scout Scholarship, click here.