EDISON — On Wednesday, Oct. 2, Zubin Mulji of Edison, a senior at The Wardlaw-Hartridge School in Edison, earned the Eagle Scout Award, the Boy Scouts’ highest honor. He has been working on his Eagle Scout Community Service Project for over a year.
Mulji ’s project benefited the New Jersey Veterans Home at Menlo Park and 26 registered Veterans’ homes in the Northeast. He organized a youth group to perform two, hour-long sing-along sessions at Menlo Park. The singers were recruited from his home troop and from the Wardlaw-Hartridge choir, including Alex Barbet of Plainfield, Alam Merchant of Edison, Catherine Badalamenti of Scotch Plains, Milika Griffiths of Edison, Lauren Levine of Fanwood and Aneesa Sonawalla of Edison. The playlist included top hits from the 40’s and 50’s, selected by the residents.
The second phase of the Project involved raising funds to buy four vintage-style CD-stereo players for the facility, along with creation of custom CDs of the songs performed and their lyrics sheets. Finally, the same CD/lyric sheet packages were sent to the 26 registered veterans homes in the Northeast.
Along with leading a service project, to earn the Eagle Scout Award, a scout must be active with in his troop, complete all six rank advancements, earn a minimum of 21 merit badges, and assume positions of leadership in the troop. Mulji has been an active scout in Troop 66 in Edison for eight years. During this period, he attended the National Scout Jamboree in Virginia and the World Scout Jamboree in Sweden. Currently, he is a Senior Patrol Leader (SPL), leading a troop of more than 100 boy scouts.
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