Two Don Bosco Technical Institute (Bosco Tech) students have been named Eagle Scout of the Year by the Los Angeles Area Council’s Rio Hondo District of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). The award recognizes valuable service of an exceptional nature by an Eagle Scout.
This year, instead of one scout receiving the district’s accolade, two Bosco Tech students, junior Everson Cruz (Whittier Troop 23) and senior Sal Pimentel (Montebello Troop 375) were honored for their outstanding display of the ideals of the Boy Scout organization.
“Overall, the award is based on everything the scouts do, from education and academics to attitude, projects and activities,” said Bob Mosqueda, BSA district chairman for advancement. “Everson and Sal were both very, very good candidates. We could not choose one over the other.”
Cruz, who lives in Whittier, is studying Materials Science, Engineering & Technology (MSET) at Bosco Tech and has been selected by the Boeing Company for an upcoming eight-week summer STEM internship. Pimentel, who is studying Architecture, Construction & Engineering and who will graduate on June 5, begins his studies of mechanical engineering at California State University, Los Angeles this fall. With his troop, Sal works with the U.S. Department of Forestry on trail service, an ongoing natural trail development and maintenance program.
“We’re exceptionally proud of these young men,” said Bosco Tech Principal Xavier Jimenez. “The Eagle Scout of the Year award is bestowed upon very few scouts. We’re extremely proud that two Bosco Tech students have earned this award concurrently. Not only have they fulfilled and surpassed scouting requirements, but they are upholding our school’s philosophy to strive to make their community a better place.”
The Boy Scouts of America is one of the nation’s largest and most prominent values-based youth development organizations. The organization provides a program for young people that builds character, trains them in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and develops personal fitness.
Celebrating its sixtieth year, Bosco Tech is an all-male Catholic high school that combines a rigorous college-preparatory program with a technology-focused education. The innovative science, engineering, technology and math (STEM) curriculum allows students to exceed university admission requirements while completing extensive integrated coursework in one of several applied science and engineering fields. Visit www.boscotech.edu for more information.