Local Boy Scouts achieve Eagle Rank

Los Altos Boy Scout Troop 103 recognized Matthew Boennighausen, Troy Jackson, Daniel Kava, Miles Meijer, Tucker Meijer and Diedrich Welling for achieving the Eagle rank, the highest distinction in Boy Scouts. The six Scouts were honored at an Eagle Court of Honor ceremony January 17 at St. Simon Catholic Church in Los Altos.

Boennighausen has been involved in Scouting since the 4th grade (Pack 103, St Simon Church). For his Eagle project, he installed a telepresence system (worldwide video conferencing) in the St. Simon School conference room. The project involved over 130 service hours. Son of Katie and Michael Boennighausen of Los Altos, Boennighausen is a junior at Bellarmine College Prep, where he is involved in theatre technology, building sets and stage management.

Jackson has been active in Scouting since the age of 5 (Pack 35, St. Nicholas Catholic School). For his Eagle project, he built a wooden deck and scoreboard for the baseball field at St. Nicholas School. Son of Robin and Chris Jackson of Palo Alto, he is a junior at Bellarmine College Prep, where he is a member of the Varsity football and track teams.

Kava, who started Scouts in 1st grade (Pack 35, St. Nicholas Catholic School), built an 85 foot pathway in the forest at St. Nicholas School for his Eagle project. The project involved over 120 service hours. Kava, son of Shannon and Joe Kava of Los Altos, is a Freshman at St. Francis High School and an avid tennis player.

(From left, Matthew Boennighausen, Troy Jackson,
Daniel Kava, Miles Meijer, Tucker Meijer (R)
and Diedrich Welling (not pictured).

The Meijers’ began their scouting career in 1st grade (Pack 103, St Simon Church). For Miles’ Eagle project, he built eleven 5-foot high emergency signs for St. Simon School, which will be used during emergency evacuations and various parish functions. Tucker’s Eagle project involved overhauling 31 emergency backpacks at St. Simon School. Sons of Mary Claire and Paul Meijer of Mountain View, the Meijer twins are seniors at Bellarmine College Prep and are both members of the Varsity cross-country and track teams.

Welling recently relocated to Austin, Texas after completing his Eagle project at Our Lady of Wayside Church in Portola Valley (2 heavy-duty redwood picnic benches). His Scouting career began in 1st grade, and he is the son of Sheryl Pilgrim of Mountain View and David Welling of Austin, TX.

“These young men are highly motivated, mature, goal oriented, and great role models. They have demonstrated leadership and life skills which will be invaluable in their future endeavors,” said Ken Siler, Troop 103 Scoutmaster.

Siler has been the active Scoutmaster of Troop 103 after it was re-established 10 years ago. “When you are a Scoutmaster, your fondest desire is to have these young boys grow in skill, experiences and character and become great young men, and achieve the Eagle rank,” he said. “They exhibit a high degree of citizenship and demonstrate a loyalty to God. They have achieved the formidable goal of the Eagle rank. It is a goal not achieved by many young men, and I am very proud of them.”

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