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Whiz Kid: Andrew Hickey

Kennedy student helps create a walkable forest at Forest Knolls.

Whiz Kid: Andrew Hickey

Year in School: sophomore at John F.

Accomplishment: Created a 250 foot nature trail at a local elementary school. For his Eagle Scout Project, Andrew led and instructed more than 50 volunteers from Boy Scout Troop 249, the JFK High School NJROTC Unit, and community members to create a nature trail in a reforested area behind Forest Knolls Elementary School on Saturday, March 19. The nature trail project is part of a larger effort by the Forest Knolls PTA’s Conservation Landscaping Committee to create a neighborhood forest that allows students, families and neighbors to enjoy indigenous trees, plants, and wildflowers. Andrew's project required getting donations from businesses such as Home Depot and Aggregate Industries (gravel), marking out the trail and instructing and directing the volunteers to cut, clear and lay gravel on the path.

Key to awesomeness:  Andrew is a busy and accomplished young man.  For many years he competed in ice dancing at the national level and now puts his skating skills to work as a volunteer teacher's assistant every Sunday at the .  In addition to his school work and his volunteer work, Andrew is also the Senior Patrol Leader in his Boy Scout Troop and is the Captain of his high school NJROTC marksmanship team.  Andrew is working on earning his Eagle Scout Award in the near future.

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ks ebner family March 25, 2011 at 11:19 PM
Way to go Andrew! We need more kids like you!
ilkunta March 26, 2011 at 08:30 AM
wow how does he find time to ice dance and boy scout and rotc? bc dont skaters have practice befoe and after school and travel for competitons? also where on fkes is the nature trail? facing the field is it that aea to the left behind the baseball cage/fence? taylor kate brown : if u could get a pic of the nature trail that'd be great.
Taylor Kate Brown March 26, 2011 at 03:38 PM
Lilkunta, Andrew used to compete at ice dance, now he's a volunteer on the weekends. A picture of the nature trail is in the photo gallery.
ilkunta March 26, 2011 at 05:39 PM
O ok he is retired. O I didnt realease on all thee article those pics are clickable. On my screen it says 'click' in a barely visible blue ink. Mayne the web /IT team could make the 'click for pic' for seen? I still dont get an idea where the trail is..but Im guessing its on the right as on the lefi is the grade K plaground. I'll have to get over 2 FKES

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