For the second time this year, an East Mesa Boy Scout Troop has seen a large group of their members earn eagle rank.
This time, it’s Trooper 451, associated with Trinity Church, which recently saw nine Scouts jointly participate in a formal ceremony that elevated them to Eagle rank – the highest in Scouting. The troop is led by Scoutmasters Greg Randolph and Toby Hall.
Among other requirements, Scouts who earn Eagle rank must complete a community project, usually involving volunteers whom they organize and lead in the effort.
The new Eagles and their projects are:
Brady Williams, 15, an Apache Junction High School junior and son of Michelle and Don Williams. Brady planted 16 new Mulga Acacia trees in front of his school for shade. He chose that tree for its versatile low water use landscaping plant, and its adaptability to the southwest climate.
Jake Larrabee, 16, an AAEC Red Mountain sophomore and son of Lisa and John Larrabee. He built coyote house at the Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center. He gathered a group of people to build a 4’x8’x4’ den to be used to rehabilitate coyotes and/or the Mexican gray wolves into the wild.
Morgan Campbell, 15, a Mountain View High sophomore and son of Liz And Brad Campbell and Julie and Darren Roggeman. In a project at Highland Arts Elementary School in Mesa that involved 42 people and 240 total hours, he provided emergency safety buckets with new supplies for 60 classrooms and offices in the school. They also repainted the safety circle lines on all exterior school doors and re-painted a storage room to be re-purposed for a teacher’s office.
Matthew Atkinson, a 16-year-old Mountain View junior and son of Kelli and Todd Atkinson, gathered a group to clean up Usery Park and paint ramadas at trailheads.
Alex Cook, 18, a Skyline High senior and son of Eve and Wayne Cook, completed a project at Lost Dutchman State Park at the Siphon Draw trailhead. He led a bridge-building project on the trail to Flatiron that included burning Scout law into the bridge planks.
Hunter Page, 17, a Mountain View junior and son of Laura and Talon Page, made “dog enrichment toys” for the Friends for Life Animal Rescue in Gilbert. The PVC toys have properly sized holes drilled into them to release food as the dogs play with them and reduce the animals’ stress and anxiety, making it easier for the staff to work with them.
Will Snitzer, 16, also a Mountain View junior and son of Marcy and Sean Snitzer, deep-cleaned the floor of his school’s machine shop, removing a few decades of faded paint and re-establishing new safety lines throughout.
Mason Biegel, 17, a Mountain View senior and son of Mark Biegel and Susan Chambers, worked on the Sycamore Creek Trailhead near the Bush and Beeline highways. Mason worked with the Tonto National Forest service rangers to plan some trailhead repairs near the Sycamore Creek staging area and organized nearly 40 people in a clean-up effort.
Christopher Sakauye, 18, a Mountain View senior and son of Deborah and Miles Sakauye, also built a coyote den at the Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center.