After individually organizing and overseeing projects in the community, three local students, Jonathan Whitney and Reed Miller from Jesuit High School and Dillon Kanada from Granite Bay High School, were awarded the rank of Eagle Scout. The ceremony was held at a Court of Honor on June 8, at the Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, in Granite Bay. All three boys were from Granite Bay Troop 121 led by Scoutmaster, Mr. John Hooten.
Dillon Kanada recently graduated from Granite Bay High School with honors. He was a member of the Emerald Brigade marching band and a Technology Leader in the school’s G-Bit Technology program. Kanada plans to attend Idaho State University in the fall, majoring in Nuclear Engineering. His Eagle project benefitted two organizations: Granite Bay High School’s marching band and Fathers for Families, an organization that promotes fathers to be involved in their children’s lives despite hardships. Old band trophies were removed and new trophy shelves were made earthquake safe. A broken piano was repaired, and the engraved plaques were removed from the old trophies, to be re-used by the organization Fathers for Families. More than 100 trophies were donated to this organization.
Jonathan Whitney completed his sophomore year at Jesuit High School last spring. He is a member of the National Honor Society, and Varsity athlete who plans to attend college to earn an undergraduate and graduate degree. As a result of Whitney’s service work, a beautification/improvement project outside the Science building at Cavitt Junior High School, six benches were replaced and painted, a large tree stump was removed and a new tree planted in it’s place along with several new surrounding bushes. Existing overgrown bushes were trimmed and new bark was placed around the new benches. Twelve individuals worked on this project for a total of 121 hours in August 2013. Jonathan chose this project because he graduated from Cavitt Junior High School in 2012 and wanted to give back to his school.
A recent graduate of Jesuit High school, Reed Miller, plans to attend The University of Nevada, Reno in the fall, majoring in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Reed played an integral part in the technology and drama programs over the past four years at Jesuit. His project consisted of the installation of ten Apple TVs and two projectors, as well as network modifications around the campus at Holy Family Catholic School, where Reed was a previous student. This was done in preparation for the school’s plan to switch to an iPad based curriculum next school year.