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A new flock of Eagle Scouts

Posted: April 29, 2009 10:24 p.m.
Updated: April 29, 2009 10:22 p.m.

A flock of new Eagle Scouts. Left to right, Michael Morris, Gabriel Sayegh, Neil Subbarao and John Morris.

 
Boy Scout Troop 609 of Newhall recently celebrated the advancement of four of its members to Eagle Scout. John Morris, Gabriel Sayegh, Jr., Michael Morris and Neil Subbarao, all William S. Hart High School students, or former students, were awarded the rank of Eagle, the highest rank achievable in the Boy Scouts. The ceremony was attended by friends, family and fellow troop members.

Only two percent of all boys who begin scouting achieve this honor. To become an Eagle Scout a scout must demonstrate mastery of both scouting and life skills, as demonstrated by earning 21 merit badges raging from camping to citizenship in the nation. In addition, a scout must design and manage a project that provides service to his community.

During the ceremony, the new Eagles and their leaders and mentors recounted the changes in the boys from when they were young boys as Cub Scouts to the present as young adults. Each of the Eagle Scouts spoke of the challenges he faced in completing his project and the personal growth that accompanied his path to Eagle.

Troop 609, currently led by Scout Master John Noonan, has graduated 72 Eagle Scouts since its founding in 1970. The ages of the scouts in the troop range from 11 to 18. The troop is participates in activities that improve the community, the boys and activities that are just fun.

John Morris graduated from Hart High School in 2007 and attends Point Loma Nazarene University as a Political Science major where he is an active member of the debate team. He is considering a career in politics or law and he served summer of 2008 as an intern for U.S. Congressman Buck McKeon, (R-Santa Clarita.) For his Eagle project he organized a community blood drive, coordinated with Providence Blood Bank.

Gabriel Sayegh is a senior at Hart High school. His passion is music and he has been a member of Hart High's show choir for four years now, currently serving as choir co-president. He has participated in several productions with the Canyon Theatre Guild and also loves playing guitar. Sayegh plans to attend University of California, Merced in the fall and study physics and music. For his Eagle project he installed three independent misting systems for the Santa Clarita Senior Center.

Michael Morris is also a senior at Hart High School where he has participated in show choir for four years. He has been accepted at Point Loma Nazarene University and plans to work towards a degree in business. For his Eagle project Morris built a garden shed for the residents of the Bouquet Senior Center, thereby providing them with a place to store their garden tools.

Neil Subbarao also attends Hart High School, where he is an honors student ranked in the top two percent of the senior class as well as a member of the National Honor Society and the California Scholarship Federation. Subbarao is a leader of SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions), a group that works to steer students away from abusive behaviors, particularly as regards drug and alcohol use. He is also a writer and copy editor for the Hart school newspaper, The Smoke Signal. Along with Sayegh and Morris, Subbarao is a four year member of show choir, joining them in Sound Vibes. He plans to attend either University of California, Santa Cruz or University of California, Santa Barbara and study music composition or creative writing, perhaps with a final goal of teaching. For his Eagle project Subbarao replaced a storage shed for the Santa Clarita Food Pantry and rerouted the building's gutters so that rainwater no longer floods the foundation of the building.

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