MORAGA — Jeff Baldwin, scoutmaster for Moraga's Troop 246, presented the troop's newest Eagle Scouts at an Eagle Court of Honor at Saint Mary's College on May 2.
The keynote speaker, Cliff Dochterman, Ph.D., recognized the boys' accomplishments and challenged them to continue in their commitments to service. Each of the boys recounted their favorite memories from Scouting, which included high adventures in the Keys at Florida Sea Base, portaging canoes in the lakes of Canada's Northern Tier Boundary Waters and participating in a horse cavalcade in the wilderness of Philmont, N.M.
They also acknowledged the support from parents, scoutmasters and fellow scouts in completing their requirements for this highest rank in scouting.
Campolindo senior Theodore Geoghegan, the son of Maria and Patrick Geoghegan, is currently vice president of the senior class and a member of the varsity volleyball team. He is also the Altar Lieutenant at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Ascension in Oakland. For his Eagle project, Geoghegan built and installed two redwood benches at the Rheem Elementary School's newly designed garden.
Colton Jang, the son of Alan and Pin Pin Jang, is a sophomore at Campolindo High School. He is a varsity water polo player and swims for Campolindo, as well. To complete his Eagle project, Jang, along with the Moraga Rotary Club, disassembled, sorted and packed the children's play structure at the Moraga Commons Park. The structure was sent to Montemorelos, Mexico, where it will be installed in a local park.
The son of Cynthia and Brian Morton, Matthew Morton is a freshman at Campolindo High School. He intends to continue in scouting with the goal of earning Eagle Palms. For his Eagle project, Morton built an arbor with seating in the Rheem Elementary Community Garden. The project included digging holes for arbor posts, erecting the arbor and planting kiwis by each post to grow over the arbor. He funded his project with the sale of eggs collected from his 45 hens.
Layth Ramatala, the son of Ali and Ethar Ramatala, is currently a sophomore at Campolindo High School. He is currently the Sophomore Class President and also participates in the Moraga Youth Involvement Committee and Odyssey of the Mind. His project consisted of removing logs that occupied a campfire pit and installing four twenty foot long benches for the Moraga Park Foundation.
The son of Beth Perot and Todd Seeley, Henry Seeley is a senior at Campolindo High School. He has been a member of the school's varsity lacrosse team for four years, and has been a patrol leader on two occasions. For his Eagle project, Henry regraded and reinforced a hillside nature path at the Rheem Elementary School community garden. He designed the trail reinforcement, and supervised the work of his fellow scout volunteers.
Michael Tappe, son of Allan and Phyllis Tappe, is also a senior at Campolindo High School. He has served as Senior Patrol leader for the entire troop, and will join the troop as a youth leader this summer when they return to Florida Sea Base.
To complete his Eagle project, Michael supervised his fellow woodworking students in the creation of bird houses to be used at the Rheem Elementary School community garden to attract songbirds.
Max Weinstein, son of Leslie Green and Joseph Weinstein, is currently a sophomore at Miramonte High School. As a Latin student he has attended two Latin conventions and has also participated in the Mock Trial Club at school. He is currently serving as the Senior Patrol Leader for the troop. For his Eagle project, Max repainted and soundproofed one of the practice rooms in the Joaquin Moraga Intermediate School music room. In addition, he removed graffiti and repainted all of the music stands. He plans to stay active in scouting and to earn his Eagle Palms.