Addison Trail alumnus honored for Eagle Scout project dedicated in memory of the late District 88 Superintendent Dr. Scott Helton

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During its May 23 meeting, the District 88 Board of Education recognized and honored Addison Trail alumnus Jackson Regan (class of 2022) for his Eagle Scout project.

Regan built a planter box and two doggie bag stations for the Army Trail Nature Center in Addison. The planter is dedicated in memory of the late District 88 Superintendent Dr. Scott Helton, who passed away on Dec. 10, 2020. Dr. Helton was a true leader, ambassador and advocate for the students of District 88 and beyond. He was ingrained in the District 88 community and helped build positive futures for countless students through his contributions to public education and coaching football, wrestling and track. Dr. Helton had more than 33 years of experience in education and served in a variety of capacities, including as Principal of District 88’s Addison Trail High School for 11 years and as Superintendent of the district since 2012. For more information about Dr. Helton, go to

The Board presented Regan with a frame of photos from the unveiling of his Eagle Scout project this past fall, as well as a flag that was flown over the United States Capitol at the request of Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi.

Regan earned Eagle Scout status earlier this school year, which is the highest rank attainable in Boy Scouts of America. Those who receive that rank earn a total of 21 merit badges; demonstrate Scout Oath and Scout Law in their daily life; and plan, develop and give leadership to others in a service project. Read more about the Eagle Scout process at

Regan is with Troop 408, and he joined Cub Scouts in 2010. Regan said he signed up after attending an informational meeting, where he saw and heard about the various fun activities and opportunities in which he could participate as a member of the troop.

Regan said his Eagle Scout project took three months to complete and involved proposing the idea to the committee of his troop, as well as the beneficiary. He then planned each phase, gathered the necessary materials and led his fellow troop members in constructing the structures.

Regan said he hopes to stay involved with Boy Scouts through helping others complete their Eagle Scout project. He plans to attend Illinois State University and earn a degree in theatre technology or computer science.