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Three SM Seniors Achieve Eagle Scout Ranking

Eagle Scout is the highest attainable rank in Boy Scouts of America. Santa Margarita Catholic High School proudly recognizes three seniors who have persevered and earned this ranking, achieved by only four percent of scouts. Some of the requirements include earning a minimum of 21 merit badges, completing an extensive service project and demonstrating leadership and an attitude of adherence to the ideals of scouting. Congratulations, Eagle Scouts!

Name: Andrew Deakin ‘20

Age: 18

Troop affiliation: 772

Favorite scouting memory: Backpacking the Narrows in Zion National Park.

Leadership positions: Patrol leader, ASPL.

Merit badges: 27

Eagle Scout project: Refurbishing wood benches at the Shea Center.

Why was this particular project chosen? I admire the work of the Shea Center, which provides therapeutic horseback riding experiences for children with mental and physical disabilities.

Why did you want to achieve Eagle rank? Scouting provided me with many valuable experiences and good memories, so I wanted to see the program through.


Name: Joseph Romo ‘20

Age: 18

Troop affiliation: 818

Favorite scouting memory: Backpacking at Philmont Scout Ranch in 2019 and Boy Scout Camp Emerald Bay Catalina Island CA.

Leadership positions: Senior Patrol Leader, Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, Troop Guide, Chaplains Aide.

Number of merit badges: 30

Eagle Scout project: Medal of Honor Wall at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton.

Why was this particular project chosen? It was chosen out of respect for those who lost their lives in  battle.

Why did you want to achieve Eagle rank? Scouting to me isn't just about receiving an award. It is about the journey. I wanted to achieve the Eagle Rank because after many years of service to my troop I earned my way to this achievement.

Other noteworthy activities/service work: Campus Ministry and Confirmation Core Leadership at San Francisco Solano Catholic Church.

Activities: Water Polo, Swim and Peer Ministry.


Name: Eric William Shepard ‘20

Age: 17 (age 16 when I earned Eagle, March 7, 2019)

Troop affiliation: 634

Favorite scouting memory: Backpacking at Philmont Scout Ranch.  My favorite activity in scouts was shooting sports over many years.

Leadership positions: Den Chief for Pack 714 at St. Kilian, Troop Guide, Patrol Leader, Chaplain's Aid, Order of the Arrow Rep, OA Chapter Treasurer and Senior Patrol Leader.

Number of merit badges: 62

Eagle Scout project: Interactive Periodic Table Chart for Castille Elementary School in Mission Viejo

Why was this particular project chosen? I had volunteered for several years for the annual Family Night of Math and Science at Castille Elementary. The principal asked me if I would make the school an outdoor moveable periodic table chart. I investigated mounted tile and found that it would be too heavy to be moveable, so I looked into vinyl banners. The banners would curl and wear out. A sign maker showed me a reusable sticker that could be peeled on and off an aluminum material. This material could be used to liven up the usual periodic table chart instruction. Usually students just stare and zone out. I discussed with the principal how the elements could be individual colored stickers with a monochromatic periodic table chart with a color-coded key. The teacher would be able to use the stickers on the chart to focus all attention on the element or group of elements being discussed. I was even given the opportunity to teach a group of 5th graders about the elements and how to use the interactive chart.

Why did you want to achieve Eagle rank? Honestly: I did not want my brother, Ryan, an Eagle Scout, to one up me. Also, my mom wouldn't let me get an iPhone or permit until I completed Eagle. Ideally: The Eagle Scout rank is the highest level of achievement for a Scout. It shows commitment, persistence, ability to problem solve, ability to set goals and achieve them and an ability to lead others.

Other noteworthy activities/service work: Ever since I bridged to Boy Scouts, I have been the Den Chief for St. Kilian's Pack 714. I help with activities, teach the kids how to pitch tents, build a campfire, campfire safety, read a compass and learn the Scout Oath and law. I help them with physical fitness and flag ceremonies. I assist the cubmaster, as needed. I volunteered about 65 hours each summer for the past seven summers during a week-long Cub Scout Day Camp for Saddleback District. 

Activities: I was a dock worker at Lake Mission Viejo Association. At SMCHS, I am on varsity track for long jump and triple jump. I am a tenor in Chamber Singers.

Service work: I have been an altar server at St. Kilian Church since 6th grade. I have volunteered to teach math games or science concepts and experiments at three different elementary and middle schools for about twelve family nights of math and science. I participate in walk-a-thons for NEGU and Relay for Life. I help with conservation projects: Inner-coastal watershed clean-up and Eagle projects.  Every year since I was three, I have Christmas caroled for the elderly at Freedom Village in Lake Forest.