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3 new Eagle Scouts share Court of Honor

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POSTED January 29, 2010 2:44 a.m.

It’s the highest honor of Boys Scouts of America.

According to Dean Thayer, committee chairman for Troop 439, about two out of every 100 scouts – on the average – will earn the rank of Eagle.

On Wednesday, Jonathan Davis, Matthew Greer and Mark Morrow of the Waukeen District of the Greater Yosemite Council accomplished that goal of becoming Eagle Scouts.

“These three are representative of 150 scouts,” Thayer said at the Eagle Scout Court of Honor ceremony held in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Mark Morrow said it was coincidental yet perfect that he, Davis and Greer achieved the rank at the same time.

“We also had a lot of good leaders who helped out along the way,” he added.

Morrow’s journey toward becoming an Eagle Scout parallel that of last summer’s hike to Half Dome in Yosemite National Park.

“It was physically laborious,” said the junior from Connecting Waters Charter School located near Modesto. “I would’ve finished without the help of my brother – he told me to keep one foot in front of the other and keep going forward.”

Davis and Greer also made time on their busy schedules to complete the BSA task.

“I had to juggle football and baseball,” said Davis, who is a senior at Sierra High.

He played quarterback on the Timberwolves’ Valley Oak League championship squad.

Greer, who is a freshman at Delta College, is a 2009 graduate of Sierra. He’s hoping to attend the University of the Pacific but is currently saving up for his church mission.

“It was tough trying to make the time,” said Greer, who was involved in track, cross country, wrestling and basketball during his high school days.

He along with Davis and Morrow are part of a unique group.

“Those who earned it, cherished it,” said Jason Osborn, who became an Eagle Scout back in 1986 for the Western Los Angeles County Council.

The three received their pins, patch, blue scarf and an Eagle Scouts card.

Each climbed the ladder, starting as Tenderfoots, moving up to second class, getting promoted to first class, achieving Star Scout, and becoming a Life Scout.

“(Eagle Scout) is a big award for Jonathan, Mark and Matthew,” Thayer said.

Included was making their community a better place to live.

For their leadership service projects, Davis designed park signs for the City of Manteca while Greer and Morrow dedicated many hours at nearby Caswell Memorial State Park, according to Osborn, who serves on the local BSA’s district committee and is the transportation director for the Manteca Unified School District.

In addition, they were required to earn specific merit badges and take part in various scouting activities.

Osborn noted that Davis, Greer and Morrow of the district servicing Tracy, Mountain House, Lathrop, Weston Ranch, Ripon and Manteca were among the 24 in the region to earn Eagle Scout honors.

“On their honor they will do their best,” he said.

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