Eagle Scous named
A recent Eagle Scout Court of Honor bestowed scouting’s highest rank on Ben Johnson, Chris Pavich and Nicholas Grasso. The tripple eagle ceremony included accolades by Douglas County Sheriff Ron Perini and Tahoe Douglas Fire Chief Bruce VanCleemput to an audience of Boy Scouts, scout families and friends.
All three scouts of Zephyr Cove Troop 468 attended Whittell High School. Chris Pavich continues there as a junior, where he belongs to the Key Club and also has played two years on the baseball team. Pavich received the D.A.R. Citizenship award two years ago and continues with Troop 468 in the position of instructor. For his Eagle Service project Pavich created, organized and executed a coat drive for the needy. Several hundred coats were distributed through the project.
Nicholas Grasso is now a freshman at Point Loma Nazarene University, San Diego, Calif., where he is studying journalism. Grasso was on the ski team all four years at Whittell and played varsity baseball as well as three years of soccer. He also served as student body representative and secretary, was vice president of the Key Club and a member of the Honors Society and the all-state Black and White Choir. Grasso’s Eagle Service project involved organizing and conducting a food drive in which more than 2,000 cans of food were collected.
Ben Johnson was student body president and a member of both National Honors Society and the Key Club while at Whittell High School. He skied and ran track all four years, was twice selected as League MVP for skiing and helped secure the state record for the 400 Meter Relay. Johnson now attends Santa Clara University where he is studying accounting and pre-law, while rowing for their crew team. For his Eagle Service project Johnson created and lead a team of scouts who installed insulation on water heaters for seniors.
A fourth member of Boy Scout Troop 468, Roger Arnaud, received the Eagle Scout rank during a ceremony last summer at Nevada Beach.
Troop 468 is chartered by the Tahoe Douglas Rotary Club.
Scoutmaster Bill Kolstadt said that less then 4 percent of boys involved in scouting make the rank of Eagle Scout.
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