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7 members of Arlington Boy Scout troop ascend to Eagle status

Court-of-honor ceremony was held at Little Falls Presbyterian Church
Shown from left at the Boy Scout Troop 638 Eagle Scout ceremony on Jan. 7, 2024, are James José Owen, Oliver Uz, David Josué Owen, Chase Davis, Max Broksas, Everett Broadbent and David Myers.

Seven members of Boy Scout Troop 638, sponsored by Little Falls Presbyterian Church in Arlington, ascended to Eagle Scout rank during a court-of-honor ceremony held Jan. 7 at the church.

Scouts who achieved the high honor, and their Eagle Scout projects, were:

• James José Owen, a senior at Bishop O’Connell High School, whose Eagle Scout project consisted of creating a shaded seating area at Randolph Elementary School, building sturdy benches, planting native trees and repainting picnic tables.

• Oliver Uz, a senior at Arlington Tech, whose Eagle Scout project consisted of planning and building a boardwalk over a muddy section of trail at Potomac Overlook Regional Park, as well as removing invasive plants.

• Chase Davis, a senior at the Lab School of Washington, whose Eagle Scout project included planning and building a pit for gaga ball, a game that supports the school’s mission of fostering community and individual growth.

• David Josué Owen, a senior at Fork Union Military Academy, whose Eagle Scout project updated and expanded an outdoor-classroom space at Claremont Elementary, building additional benches that doubled seating in one space and created a second outdoor classroom.

• Max Broksas, a senior at Washington-Liberty High School, whose Eagle Scout project involved planning and constructing a dam at Gulf Branch Nature Center to prevent sediment and leaf litter from running into the Potomac River. The dam was built out of logs and large rocks, and a shallow pool was dug ahead of the dam for water to collect.

• Everett Broadbent, a senior at Yorktown High School, whose Eagle Scout project involved redesigning the Mary Garden at Our Lady Queen of Peace Roman Catholic Church, including building a pergola, refurbishing benches, and planting native flowers and plants, which provides a more serene atmosphere for prayer and reflection.

• David Myers, a senior at H-B Woodlawn Secondary Program, whose Eagle Scout project involved cleaning up the Kenmore Middle School theater department’s shop and building two shelving units and a drying rack for more organized storage.