Scouting News: Troop 75 recognizes new Eagle Scouts

Los Altos Boy Scout Troop 75 honored five new Eagle Scouts at a Court of Honor ceremony in the Garden House at Shoup Park April 20.

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

The new Eagle Scouts and their projects:

• Omar Abukhater, 15, is home-schooled. He built long-lasting PVC sign holders for the Northwest Y’s Aquatics Department after noticing their current signs were outdated. He came up with the idea after seeing a children’s easel made from PVC pipe. He modified the original design to hold laminated paper by using water suction. The Y uses the new signs as lane markers showing where each swim class should meet, which lane is the fast lane and which area is open for free swim.

• Theo Ferrell, 17, is a former Sunnyvale resident who recently moved to Houston, Texas. He built multiple play structures for therapy goats, as well as a 120-square-foot shade structure for the therapy animals at Jasper Ridge Farms. The goats’ play structures were designed to entertain them and to replace old, worn-out equipment. The shade structure gives the animals shelter in the hot, open pasture. His project took approximately 740 hours to complete.

• Ryan Kawahara, a junior at St. Francis High School, organized 37 volunteers to install 8 tons of decomposed granite and 50 feet of edging to make the courtyard at LifeMoves Opportunity Services Center safer and wheelchair-accessible. He raised more than $2,500 to rent equipment and purchase tools, gift cards for the homeless clients and several pots that he filled with flowers and dwarf citrus trees to brighten up the space.

• Han Lee, a 16-year-old junior at Homestead High School, designed and built two benches for Homestead High. With help from fellow troop members, Lee constructed benches for the B building.

• Kiarash Saii, a senior at Cupertino High School, designed, built, painted and delivered three bookshelves for the Persian Culture Club at the Campbell Community Center. With help from eight volunteers, he devoted more than 100 hours to the project.

For more information on Troop 75, visit bsat75losaltos.org.

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