Student Spotlight: Stone constructs mega-sized chess set at Beaverdam

John Walsh - Posted on Nov 28, 2018 - 02:04 PM

Patrick Stone is a 16-year-old Gloucester High School junior, an NJROTC commander, and Eagle Scout candidate. Although making a noticeable impact on the Gloucester community, Stone is a native New Jerseyite who relocated here with his parents as a child.

During his time in Gloucester, Stone has earned his positions in the National Honor Society and Beta Club as an honors student. Stone is also a student of the Governor’s School program at Rappahannock Community College, which puts him on track for graduation with an associate’s degree before getting his high school diploma.

Stone is also a student of STEM Academy, which is sub-school of students that regularly exercise their skills in science, technology, engineering and math, as well as taking trips to explore career paths that lie in those fields.

Photo: Patrick Stone, a junior at Gloucester High School, constructed a larger-than-life chess set at Beaverdam Park for his Eagle Scout project. Above, he holds up one of the pieces. Photo by John Walsh

Patrick Stone, a junior at Gloucester High School, constructed a larger-than-life chess set at Beaverdam Park for his Eagle Scout project. Above, he holds up one of the pieces. Photo by John Walsh

Among all of the programs in GHS that Stone takes part of, he is most passionate about the school’s NJROTC program. He credits the program for teaching him a significant portion of what he knows about responsibility and leadership. Since enrolling as a freshman, Stone has earned the rank of Ensign, as well as the titles of Commander of the academics team and Chief of the Cyber Patriot team. The NJROTC Cyber Patriot team is a program with the Air Force, rather than the Navy, that helps students learn and practice computer coding. The students are put into programs where they have to solve problems and protect against hacking and malware in real time.