Mount Vernon Students, Oliver Vanjara and Stephen Mosley

Contributed by: Patricia Vanjaria  & Nancy Moseley, Proud  Eagle Scout Moms

We are proud to share with you that Oliver and Stephen achieved the rank of Eagle Scout last week. They even took it a step further by each earning the Bronze and Gold Palms for going above and beyond the Eagle Scout merit badge requirements – each earning over 30 badges!

Theirs is a unique story: Oliver and Stephen started MVPS together 13 years ago in the Young 5’s and have remained close friends ever since. They started Cub Scouts in the First Grade at MVPS and continued onto Boy Scouts at the end of the 5th grade. They shared (and survived!) multiple camping trips, adventures and summer camps together, earning multiple merit badges in various subjects while silently learning how to be leaders and role models.

Oliver and Stephen’s transformation from young boys to young men can be attributed to their commitment to Scouting and its principles: leadership, integrity, problem solving, lifesaving skills, and comradery amongst their peers.

Achieving this rank through their hard work, determination and commitment to excellence brings the responsibility to honor the Eagle Scout rank in everything that they do each and every day. We trust that they understand the gravity of this new affiliation.

As we round the corner to our final years at MVPS, we are nostalgic and grateful that our school brought Oliver and Stephen together – in school, in sports, and in scouting.


Oliver Vanjara and Stephen Mosley were both recognized in a recent Neighbor Newspaper article published on March 13, 2019

Boy Scouts of America Troop 463, located at Sandy Springs United Methodist Church in Sandy Springs, recently announced five of its members earned the highest rank that Scouting awards youth members – Eagle Scout. The five members (North Springs Charter High School students George Christman, James Hogan and James Roden and Mount Vernon Presbyterian School students Stephen Mosley and Oliver Vanjaria) bring the troop’s total number of Eagle Scouts in its history to 231.

For his Eagle project, Christman, the son of Peggy and Mark Christman, designed and managed the building of outdoor classroom benches for the benefit of the church’s preschool. For his Eagle project, Hogan, the son of Sheri and Tim Hogan, designed and managed the building of garden planting shelves for Spalding Drive Elementary School. For his Eagle project, Mosley, the son of Nancy and Stephen Mosley Sr., designed and managed the building of a raised garden bed for the benefit of the church’s preschool. For his Eagle project, Roden, the son of Julie and Jeff Roden, designed and managed the building of an entryway sign for Spalding Drive Elementary. For his Eagle project, Vanjaria, the son of Patricia and Hank Vanjaria, designed and managed the building of a wooden bridge for the benefit of the church’s preschool. “This is an outstanding and significant achievement for our scouts,” Troop 463 Scoutmaster Wayne Miller said. “Nationwide, only 5 percent of boys who start out in Scouting ever achieve this rank.”

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