On March 8, Troop 204 will hold a ceremony at the Lafayette Orinda Presbyterian Church for the 15 young men of Troop 204, who will be presented the Eagle Scout award, the highest rank in the Boy Scouts of America. Troop 204, which just celebrated its 75th anniversary, has awarded this honor to 306 Scouts. This class of 2008 Eagle Scouts is the largest in the history of the troop and the Mt Diablo Silverado Council.
To earn the rank of Eagle Scout, a Scout must earn a total of 21 merit badges; serve for six months in a leadership position; develop and give leadership to others in an approved service project; and take part in a Scoutmaster conference.
DAR honors MVHS senior
The Daughters of the American Revolution, Mt. Diablo Chapter, has chosen Hannah Yemane, a senior at Monte Vista High School, for its Good Citizenship Award. She was nominated by counselor Linda Guida.
Hannah has volunteered more than 160 hours of community service all over the Bay Area through the Youth Action Council, which awarded her the President Youth Volunteer Service Award. She served food and made lunches for those in need at Glide Memorial Church in San Francisco, and worked with Project Open Hand, an organization that packages groceries for individuals who are terminally ill.
Hannah is very involved in Monte Vista clubs as well. She has been an active member of the Black Student Union club, helping to make it a presence on campus and to bring awareness to cultural diversity. She has also been a leader with Science Alliance and Science Buddies, taking science to fifth-graders at Vista Grande Elementary, acting as a mentor and teacher; she is currently helping a student determine if the way a person talks to plants, in a mean or nice tone, determines how they grow.
For the DAR award, Hannah received a certificate as well as an American Flag that was flown over the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 14, at the request of U.S. Rep. Ellen Tauscher. Next year Hannah hopes to attend UC San Diego or UC Davis to study biological sciences.