Five East Valley boys receive Eagle Scout awards for dedication and hundreds of hours spent completing community projects.
Rick Lewis of Ahwatukee Foothills will receive his Eagle Scout award for collecting, cataloging and delivering donated new and gently used children’s books to the Thomas J. Pappas School for the Homeless in Phoenix. Rick, 17, a senior at Desert Vista High School, spent 90 hours on his project. He is in Troop 14 led by Scoutmaster Scott Lanham. In school, Rick is in the marching band, wind ensemble and drum line.
Ryan Barker of Chandler received his Eagle Scout rank May 21 by building storage and seating benches for Friends for Life Animal Sanctuary in Gilbert. Ryan, 16, a junior at Hamilton High School, received material donations for the project from Lowe’s and Home Depot, and raised $300 through a fundraiser car wash at a local McDonald’s. Ryan is a member of Troop 853, led by Scoutmaster Jerry Gipper. Ryan is in honors classes in school and plays tenor saxophone in the Hamilton Huskies Marching Band.
Aaron Webb of Gilbert will receive his Eagle Scout award for organizing the Pocket Flag Project, which provided a pocket flag for the nearly 1,500 deployed Arizona Army National Guard service members. Aaron, 14, collected more than $600 to help cover the costs of materials, postage and supplies for the pocket flags. The pocket flag is a 12-by-8 inch poly-cotton United States flag that has been folded to the standard 3-inch triangle and placed into a 3-inch resealable, clear plastic bag with a personalized thank you card. For information, visit www.pocketflagproject.com. Aaron spent more than 350 hours on his project, working with 100 volunteers. Aaron is a member of Troop 689, led by Scoutmaster Geoff Jones. Aaron is a freshman at Mesquite High School.
Kevin Parks of Mesa received his Eagle Scout Award in January for building three shelves to serve as cubby holes for the Boys and Girls Club in Guadalupe for backpacks, shoes and other personal items. Parks, 18, a graduate of Westwood High School, worked more than 120 hours with 12 volunteers to complete his project. Parks is a member of Troop 257 led by Scoutmaster Dennis Sitzler. Parks will attend Pfeiffer University in North Carolina in the fall on a swim scholarship.
Jordan Meissinger of Tempe will receive his Eagle Scout award for creating a 300-foot section of lined trail in Papago Park for recreational hiking, biking and horseback riding. Jordan and his 39 volunteers also created natural habitats from brush along the area for protection of native wildlife. Jordan, 14, a freshman at Marcos de Niza High School, spent 173 hours on his project. He is in Troop 474 led by Scoutmaster Seth Chalmers. Jordan participates in band and marching band in school.