Before the 2016-17 school year ended, Evan Schlifstein ‘19 added an informational billboard to Admiral Farragut Academy’s waterfront. The billboard features local fish, plants, birds, and crustacean species that are often found in or near Boca Ciega Bay.
Evan completed this as part of his Eagle Scout project for Boy Scouts of America Troop 383 based out of Clearwater, Florida. “All I have left is the paperwork and then I will earn the rank of Eagle Scout,” said Evan who hopes to submit it all soon.
“Earning my Eagle Scout rank is something I have always hoped to achieve since I started Boy Scouts at seven years old,” said Evan.
Evan’s father, Bret Schlifstein, and brother, Ian Schlifstein who graduated in the AFA Class of 2015, also earned their Eagle Scout rank.
“It’s really cool to continue the legacy. The project took around six months to research, raise funds, collaborate with my science teachers, create the design, get final approval, order and install the billboard. I chose something to do with science because it’s my favorite subject.”
After Hurricane Irma, Evan was relieved to see that his billboard stayed intact and he is looking forward to going to the waterfront after school to see what his peers think.
Evan has attended Farragut since he was in fourth grade and participates in soccer and track, is the Battalion Executive Officer on the battalion, and is involved in Student Government and Model United Nations. Last year, during his sophomore year, he was number one in his class for academics. Right now, Evan is still deciding what he will major in once he graduates. He is considering attending the University of Miami, which is also where his dad attended and his brother currently attends. He has hopes for a ROTC scholarship.
Evan concluded, “Special thank you to Admiral Farragut Academy Science Department Chair Sari Deitche, the Marketing and Communication Department, Maintenance Department, Farragut Dockmaster Dennis Collins, and Proforma Mega Solutions owner Deborah Lanigan for help making this project a reality by donating their advice, time, and materials.”