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Paul Santo Cook, 15, the son of Tom and Mary Cook of Martinez, has earned the rank of Eagle Scout. (Courtesy of the Cook Family)

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Paul Santo Cook, the son of Tom and Mary Cook, has earned the rank of Eagle Scout, which was presented in Court of Honor ceremonies Dec. 30, at St. Catherine of Siena Church in Martinez.

He is a member of Boy Scout Troop 239, under the leadership of Scoutmaster Chris Farnitano and Eagle Scout coach Mark Hoopes.

For his Eagle Scout community service project, Cook constructed a rubble masonry retaining wall in the St. Catherine Cemetery in Martinez to prevent the sole access road from eroding away. The project included 348 man hours and took two mornings to complete, with the help of 21 youth workers, and donations of local businesses.

During his Scouting career, Cook earned 36 badges, and participated in camping trips and outings to Camp Wolfeboro, Half Dome in Yosemite, and the Point Reyes National Seashore, among many others. He received the Arrow of Light, Order of the Arrow and Order of the Golden Pinecone awards, participated in National Youth Leadership Training and has been a longtime member of the International Wood Carver Association. He is also an apprentice seaman of the Sea Scout Ship Sea Witch.

Cook, 15, is a sophomore at De La Salle High School in Concord and is a resident of Martinez.



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