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Scouting News: Troop 33 honors 7 new Eagle Scouts

Courtesy of Martha Gomez
Troop 33’s new Eagle Scouts include, front row, from left: Benjamin Tice and Max Baler. Back: Jared Biesty, George Poppitz, Nitin Kumar, David McAllister and William Stanley.

Los Altos Boy Scout Troop 33 honored seven new Eagle Scouts during an Aug. 4 ceremony.

The Eagle designation is the highest achievement in Scouting, with only 4% of Boy Scouts attaining it. To earn the Eagle rank, Scouts must complete a minimum of 21 merit badges, lead a community service project, hold multiple troop leadership positions and perform community service.

The new Eagle Scouts and their projects:

• Max Baler, who graduated from Los Altos High School in June, designed and oversaw the construction of several Little Libraries throughout his neighborhood to increase exposure to literature. Baler will attend Sonoma State University in the fall, studying business administration.

• Jared Biesty, who graduated from Mountain View High in June, landscaped and laid bricks at a central kiosk at Covington School. The 12-foot-by-12-foot area included more than 100 sponsored bricks from supporting families. Biesty plans to study mechanical engineering at San Jose State University.

• Nitin Kumar, a senior at Mountain View High, founded and coached a math enrichment program for Blach Intermediate School students. He and other high school coaches prepared lesson plans and taught math outside of that normally taught in school, leading students to success in the AMC 8 and MATHCOUNTS competitions.

• David McAllister, who graduated from Homestead High in June, designed and constructed a series of planter beds for the renovated kindergarten garden area at Santa Rita School. Students at the school will use the new facilities as part of their Living Classroom curriculum. He will attend UC Berkeley in the fall as an electrical engineering and computer science major.

• George Poppitz, who graduated from Los Altos High in June, constructed an arbor for Immanuel Lutheran Church in Los Altos. The arbor serves as an outdoor altar for worship services and weddings. He plans to attend Emory University in the fall and pursue a career in biology.

• William Stanley, who graduated from Mountain View High in June, designed and built four garden planter boxes for Immanuel Lutheran Church. They are currently being used as a community garden for the church and to provide vegetables for local food banks. Stanley will attend Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts in the fall, studying mechanical engineering with an emphasis in robotics. His father, Peter Stanley, also earned his Eagle Scout rank in Troop 33, in 1984.

• Benjamin Tice, who graduated from Mountain View High in June, led a group of students in building, painting and delivering a set of 10 bookcases for Monta Loma Elementary School. His project also involved designing the bookcases, researching materials and budgeting. He will attend the University of Colorado, Boulder in the fall.

Troop 33 meets 7:30-9 p.m. Tuesdays at Los Altos United Methodist Church, 655 Magdalena Ave.

For more information, visit troop33.org.

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