Granite Bay's Troop 121 celebrates 200th Eagle Scout

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Eagle Scouts new and old attended a very special Court of Honor on Dec. 17 to celebrate Troop 121’s 200th member to reach Boy Scouting’s highest rank. All 213 Eagle Scouts and their families were invited to the reception, held at Cavitt Junior High School in Granite Bay. The Court of Honor included special presentations from state Assemblywoman Beth Gaines, Placer County Supervisor Kirk Uhler (Troop 121’s 17th Eagle Scout), California Highway Patrol Commissioner Joseph Farrow and Placer County Sheriff Ed Bonner. U.S. Rep. Tom McClintock spoke of Troop 121 during remarks made to the U.S. House of Representatives on Dec. 16. “During its 43 years of existence, Troop 121 has produced an entire generation of young men who have gone on to become upstanding family men, respected business men and leaders of our community,” he said. “And that’s what I particularly want to salute today. The work of the Boy Scouts of America is exemplified by Troop 121.” Scouts that celebrated earning the rank of Eagle on Dec. 17 were Dalton Caraway, Michael David Mulanix, Brandon David Cowles, Austin Donovan Murray, Cole Vincent Gandelman, Connor Michael Peak, Matthew Joshua McCormick, Andrew John Schneider, Mitchell John-David Moffat and Benjamin Holden Snedecor. Their Eagle projects included building fences and picnic tables and planting community gardens. Granite Bay’s Troop 121 was founded in 1968. The first to reach Eagle Scout was Charles Fetz, who achieved the rank on April 16, 1973. Today, Troop 121 is the largest troop in the Golden Empire Council with 124 active Scouts and Venture crew members. John Hooten has been Scoutmaster of Troop 121 since 1996. ~ Michelle Carl