Student earns eagle by sprucing up Woodcreek High

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Although he graduated earlier this month, Spencer Mason had one more thing to do before leaving Woodcreek High School for good. Spencer recently beautified an empty “weed garden” on the campus to earn his Eagle Scout rank from the Boy Scouts. Spencer, who lives in Auburn and chose to attend Woodcreek because his dad is a teacher there, was busy during his high school career, competing in three sports, being a National Honor Society member and maintaining a 3.9 GPA. Spencer also wanted to attain the rank of Eagle, which must be reached prior to age 18. His birthday is July 6. About two years ago the high school district removed a portable from the Woodcreek campus. The vacant area quickly became a rock- and dirt-filled weed garden. Spencer decided to landscape the area to make it look better and to create an area that could once again be used by the students and staff. He designed the 40-by-70-foot lot to include grass, shrubs and a cement oval with the school logo on it. After approval, he then set out to get donations of the needed material and labor. The school’s groundskeeper, Ed Calvillo, consulted on the project throughout. Spencer collected donations of bark from A&A Stepping Stone, shrubs from Home Depot and Eisley Nursery, cement and buggys from EnviroCon and United Rentals, soil from Brennings Stone Center, sod from AG Sod Farms and pipe and fittings from Anderson Sierra Pipe. Other materials were donated by Diamond Pacific, Hershmanns Tree Farm, Friedmans and Placer Farm Supply. Then came the hard work. Spencer and crew had to remove weeds and rocks, trench and lay sprinklers and pipe, then add good soil, then form, pour and finish the concrete. After final grading, Spencer and his team laid the sod and planted 20 shrubs and three trees. — Staff report