GOOD DEEDS HAVE YOUTHS FLYING HIGH AS EAGLE SCOUTS.
CANYON COUNTRY -- Three Eagle Scouts from Canyon Country were honored Oct. 14 at a National Eagle Scout Court of Honor.
In a ceremony at a local church, Bill Barlow, Stephen Wirthlin and Nate Sparks were honored for achieving the Eagle Scout rank, the highest award in Scouting.
The trio's Eagle projects were a blood drive right after Hurricane Katrina, a food bank drive and a project to create dental-care packages for under-privileged children.
Eagle Scouts must complete at least 21 merit badges, actively participate in Scouting, including leadership, as well as complete an extensive service project that involves others and generally includes 100 hours of volunteer work.
Barlow, a senior at La Canada Flintridge Preparatory School, has been nominated as a National Merit Finalist and is an Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction. He is captain of his school's debate team and took first place in the Southern District's state qualifier Public Forum event, eventually taking eighth in the state tournament.
He also is president of Strategic Games Club, president of the Young Republican Club and a captain of the League Champion Cross Country team. He enjoys history, particularly studying European history and wars.
Barlow has yet to decide where he will attend college, but he plans to major in history, government or English and go on to law school. He is the son of June and Bill Barlow.
Stephen Wirthlin, a Canyon High School student, plays football and has been involved with soccer, basketball, baseball and track and field. He earned his varsity letter last year as a sophomore as a wide receiver and defensive back for the Cowboys, who won the division championship
Wirthlin, who plans to attend Brigham Young University, comes from a long line of Eagle Scouts that include his grandfather, father and his older brother. He is the son of Joni and Richard L. Wirthlin.
Sparks, the third Eagle Scout in his family, plays football as well as soccer at Canyon. He is a sophomore class officer.
His first year at Canyon, he lettered in freshman and junior varsity football. Currently, he is the kicker on the JV football team, and he will be the goalkeeper on the soccer team.
Nate has completed 41 merit badges and plans to continue earning awards given to those earning merit badges beyond their Eagle Scout rank. He also plans to attend BYU. He is the son of Jerry and Marilyn Sparks.
Santa Clarita City Councilman Bob Kellar, left, joins Bill Barlow, Nate Sparks and Stephen Wirthlin at the National Eagle Scout Court of Honor held Saturday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Sand Canyon. The youths were honored for achieving the Eagle Scout rank, the highest award in Scouting.
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|Publication:||Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)|
|Date:||Oct 21, 2006|
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