2017-11-16 / Living

Eagle Scout builds shelves for Springview Elementary orchestra

By Sam Tunningley

Andrew David Nigrine is the latest Flushing scout from Troop 302 to earn the rank of Eagle after completing a project for the music department at Springview Elementary this year.

Nigrine, a former student of Springview, came up with the idea of shelving units for the school’s department after his brother’s cello was damaged due to insufficient storage space. He modeled the units after the lockers found at Flushing High School, recruiting Springview’s music teacher Allison Rout, Orchestra Director Matthew Forsleff and Principal Melissa Killingbeck for suggestions with the design.

As the principal viola player in the Flushing High School Advanced Orchestra and a member of drumline for the school’s marching band, music is close to Nigrine’s heart. He said he brought the idea up to Forsleff first to confirm the need for new storage options.

The Springview Elementary PTO and the Flushing Band and Orchestra Boosters paid an equal share of funds for construction of the shelves. Nigrine said his project consists of 20 units to hold smaller violins, violas and cells.

Nigrine, a senior, said his time in the Boy Scouts has been prepared him for the future. He plans on pursuing a degree in engineering at either Kettering University or the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor after he finishes school. He is currently a member on Baker’s First Robotics Team, the National Honor Society and the ski team.

“[The Boy Scouts] has been great,” said Nigrine. “I learned a lot about leadership.”

Troop 302, led by Greg Meinburg, Steve Herr and Steve Walther, recognized 17 other scouts for their achievements alongside Nigrine at their Court of Honor ceremony held on October 23.

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