WEST TOWNSEND -- Aaron Biondi, 16, 216 Old Turnpike Road, West Townsend, has earned the Boy Scouts of America's highest award, the rank of Eagle Scout.

He was recognized in ceremonies at Townsend Meeting Hall.

A member of Troop 81 sponsored by St. John Church, Aaron is one of only 2-3 percent of all Boy Scouts who attain the rank of Eagle. Each Eagle Scout must successfully complete all prior ranks, earn a minimum of 21 merit badges, demonstrate leadership and successfully complete a community- or church-related service project to complete his Eagle Scout requirements.

Aaron organized and directed a project that now allows families in the community to have access to a wooded area on Haynes and Wallace Hill roads for walking or hiking. He cleared a half-mile trail and built a kiosk to house a map of the area. He organized volunteers, worked with the town Conservation Committee and tree warden, purchased supplies and coordinated all efforts to complete this project.

Aaron has been active in Troop 81, serving as assistant senior, patrol leader, assistant patrol leader, historian, chaplain's aid, scribe, den chief and Scout. He has also participated in the Troop's high adventure trip to Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico in the summer of 2012, where he hiked more than 100 miles over 10 days and nights. Aaron is also a member of the Order of the Arrow.

Aaron is a junior at North Middlesex Regional High School and is the son of Joseph and Carol Biondi of West Townsend.

Troop 81 Scoutmaster is Todd Arsenault.