David Lasselle, 16, of East Berne, has achieved the highest rank offered by the Boy Scouts of America, the rank of Eagle Scout.
He is a member of the Altamont Reformed Church and is an honors student at Guilderland High School, where he is a junior.
Laselle was recognized in a court of honor ceremony on Nov. 24 at the American Legion Post 977 in Altamont. The ceremony was attended by relatives, friends, fellow Scouts, their families, trustees of the Altamont Free Library, and village Trustee William Aylward.
A member of Troop 264, Lasselle is one of approximately 4 percent of all Boy Scouts who attain the Eagle rank. In order to obtain the rank of Eagle, each candidate must earn 21 or more merit badges, covering topics from camping and swimming to personal management and communication.
Lasselle has earned more than the minimum of 21. He has 41 merit badges on his uniform.
Additionally, Scouts must successfully complete a community service project to earn the Eagle Scout award; Lasselle chose to design and lead in the construction of storage shelving for the Altamont Free Library, which expedited its successful move into the old train station building. The library was in need of this support, since the basement of the Key Bank where it had been located, was flooded by tropical storms Irene and Lee.
As a member of Troop 264 since 2007, he has served as troop historian, senior patrol leader, and junior assistant scoutmaster, and is a member of the Order of the Arrow, the Boy Scouts of America honor society. Lasselle joins other outstanding American citizens who have become Eagle Scouts, among them astronaut Neil A. Armstrong, cinematographer Steven Spielberg, and the head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, William Sessions.