Local student completes Eagle Scout project
North Augusta High School senior Noah Sautter wanted to do something to make a difference with his Eagle Scout project. He managed to find, and do, just that.
Sautter, whose parents are Brian and Monica Sautter of North Augusta, and grandparents William Sautter of Anderson and the late Alice Sautter, completed a memorial garden at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church.
“I have been involved in Scouts since I was in first grade and began as a Tiger Cub Scout and continued in scouting all the way to when I became an Eagle and aged out at the age of 18,” Noah said.
“I have also been very active in my church since a young age, so I knew as soon as I bridged over from Cub Scouts to Boy Scouts in the sixth grade that I wanted to do an Eagle project for whatever church I attended at the time, and that I had to choose a project. It just so happened that, as I began to look for one, Deacon Hookness came to me and said that he had a project that he wanted me to check out, but if I thought it would be too difficult then I didn’t have to do it.”
He said that after hearing the story of the proposed project he “knew it was something” that he wanted to do “because it would leave a long-lasting effect on many people.”
The project involved clearing a small plot of land that was overgrown with unwanted shrubs and trees and turning it into a prayer garden to remember Father David Havron.
The new garden is in the upper patio area with benches and a handmade statue from Italy as a place of prayer, and also has a lower, grassy area with a couple of plants.
Noah said he wanted to give back to the church because of all it has given him since he was a child.
“Experiences of going on retreats, speaking in front of people and a many other things that I may not have been able to do,” he said. “I wanted to do this project because I knew how many people it could have an effect on now and hope that it affects more in the future.”
He said he also plans to stay involved with the Scouts in some fashion to “help and encourage” younger members, including his younger brother, to become Eagle Scouts.
“I want to be able to use what I have learned in Scouts to my advantage as I journey off to college and begin the next phase of my life,” he said.
Scott Rodgers is the editor at the North Augusta Star and has been with the paper since January 2013. He is a graduate of Alvernia University and currently attends Drexel University.