Three soar to Eagle Scout rank in Portola Valley

Submitted by Elianne Frenkel-Popell.

Portola Valley Troop 64 held a Court of Honor recently to recognize three new Eagle Scouts: Theodore "Teshie" Bronk, Lucas Harris and Wesley Holthous.

One of the final requirements to becoming an Eagle Scout is to lead other scouts in a service project. In total, the three Eagle projects required more than 460 hours of volunteer time.

Here is information about the new Eagle Scouts:

n Teshie Bronk, a freshman at Menlo School, led a dozen scouts in rebuilding a garden shed at Ronald McDonald House. They repaired the flooring, built shelves, sanded and painted walls, and finished it off by building a new planter box.

n Lucas Harris, an eighth-grader at Woodside Priory School, focused on helping children at Haven House Family Shelter. He involved 27 other volunteers in his multi-stage project. After assembling and distributing 30 new bikes, he organized a bicycle safety evening. Then, he designed and created a half court basketball court, and followed that up with a sports equipment collection drive and an evening when the children could learn basketball skills.

n Wesley Holthous , a ninth-grader at Menlo-Atherton High School, discovered that Restore (Habitat for Humanity's nonprofit home improvement store in San Carlos) had a problem trying to properly display cook tops. After designing a solution, he recruited over a dozen others to help him build special display shelves for the store.

At the end of the ceremony, when the scouts have an opportunity to recognize someone who helped mentor them, all three chose to honor their scoutmaster, Kirt Williams.


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