Harper Woods teen advances to Eagle Scout

By: April Lehmbeck | Advertiser Times | Published April 4, 2013

 Trevor Neiman, who recently earned the designation of Eagle Scout, stands with his mother, Tami Cummings, and stepfather, Rob Cummings.

Trevor Neiman, who recently earned the designation of Eagle Scout, stands with his mother, Tami Cummings, and stepfather, Rob Cummings.

HARPER WOODS — Most Boy Scouts never reach the prestigious level of Eagle Scout, but Harper Woods teen Trevor Neiman put in the hard work and dedicated himself to the task.

Neiman recently earned his wings. 

The Harper Woods School Board recognized Neiman during a board meeting last month. Neiman’s project,  a major renovation of the ticket booth and T-shirt stand at the football field, was directly related to the schools.

“We bring just our complete respect for the level of dedication that you have achieved,” Harper Woods Superintendent Todd Biederwolf said. “To be designated as an Eagle Scout is absolutely a tremendous accomplishment.

“Not only do you represent yourself well, not only do you represent your family well, but you represent your community and your school district well,” he said.

Trevor, a member of Harper Woods Troop 273 and a senior at the high school, started his Scouting career in Cub Scouts. However, he ended up leaving the Scouts early on.

Later, his mother, Tami Cummings, married Rob Cummings, who was also an Eagle Scout, Neiman said.

Neiman went back into the Scouts a few years later, and although he had some catching up to do, he managed to catch up and then some.

It is a tough venture to earn the top rank in the Boy Scouts.

“He is one of approximately 4 percent of all Boy Scouts who attain the Eagle rank, according to statistics,” Rob Cummings said in an email.

“The service project must be planned, organized and implemented entirely by the Scout,” Rob Cummings said.

Neiman said he saw the disrepair of the ticket booth and T-shirt stand and wanted to do something.

“The previous stands were just falling apart,” Neiman said. “At one of the points, as we were taking them down, we just pulled the door off, just straight off the hinges. They were rotted from the inside.

“They just didn’t represent how I wanted my school to be thought of,” he said.

The project took four weekends to complete.

With a crew of volunteers under Neiman’s leadership, they put in 400 man-hours on the project.

“The average project has somewhere between 80 and 100,” he told the school board.

Biederwolf said the project adds value to the district.

“They were in disrepair,” he said. “Man, they look so much sharper.

“Now, thanks to your efforts and your leadership, we make a much better first impression,” Biederwolf said.

Neiman has a number of other accomplishments under his belt, including serving as senior patrol leader for his troop. He was a staff leader for the Boy Scouts’ National Youth Leadership Training for a couple of years.

He served as captain of the varsity soccer team at the high school. 

Neiman plans to attend Western Michigan University, where he said he wants to study engineering management.