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Alhambra High School 2016 graduates Isaac Christian Ramirez and Joshua Jorge Cueva were honored for their advancement to the rank of Eagle Scout on Sept. 9 at the Alhambra Masonic Lodge.
An important requirement for advancement to Eagle is the candidate’s final community service project (last of many they contribute to as a Scout). For his project, Mr. Ramirez planned and saw through a food drive for the House of Ruth Shelter in Los Angeles, where over two weekends he organized Scouts to solicit, sort, and deliver food collected from the Emery Park neighborhood in Alhambra. Mr. Cueva marshaled a hardworking crew out to the desert near Barstow to rehabilitate an endangered desert eco-system managed by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. His crew planted 80 tree saplings, built rodent protectors around the saplings, laid down of more than 1,000 feet of drip line for watering, and installed a wildlife watering hole for the animals that make that area their home.
Attending the Sept. 9 ceremony were family, friends, Scouts, and Father James Curran of the San Gabriel Claretian Missionaries, who gave the invocation. Eagle Scout Martin Gomez, of LaVerne, was master of ceremonies. Among the honors received by the young men were certificates of recognition and congratulations from the Order of the Arrow; NASA; the U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife; the Coast Guard; the Jewish Committee on Scouting; the Alpha Phi Omega Service Organization; the Boy Scouts of America National Council; U.S. Rep. Judy Chu; California State Sen. Dr. Ed Hernandez; California Assemblymember Edwin Chau; the Stan Lee foundation, of Marvel Comic book and movie fame; and U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who is also an Eagle Scout.
The rank of Eagle is the highest honor conferred on young men by the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America and is recognized as an auspicious achievement by many public and private business organizations, governments, law enforcement and first responder agencies, and the military services. Only 4% of entering Scouts achieve this honor, and less than 1% of young men in the United States can claim Eagle Scout status.
The Alhambra Masons are a group of dedicated business people and citizens who facilitate community service and fraternity with and through their members. Anyone interested in the use of the hall or in membership can phone 323-240-0326.