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Local teens become Eagle Scouts


Teens honored at local church

Two local teens from Boys Scouts of America Troop 130 have achieved the highest honor a scout can earn.

Lakeridge High School senior Thomas Kyte and Lake Oswego High School senior Colton Smith have become Eagle Scouts. Kyte and Smith were given their awards and lauded for their hard work last month in the Lakeridge chapel of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. To obtain the Eagle Scout rank, boy scouts must lead a community service project.

For his project, Kyte gathered 30 volunteers, together indexing 16,000 names on Familysearch.org. He used microfiche records and a searchable database, recording 6,000 more names than his goal. He also taught classes in the process. He is a member of the Japanese Club and the local robotics team, the Lake Monsters. Kyte plans to attend Brigham Young University next year. He wants to study animation, creative writing and Japanese, said Camie Smith, Colton Smith’s mother.

For his project, Colton Smith rallied volunteers to improve the Children’s Garden at Luscher Farm. The team replaced the deteriorating borders of two large garden boxes with cedar wood frames. They also weeded and laid down bark chip paths. Smith is a member of the tennis team, National Honor Society and the Windjammers choir. He plans to attend BYU this fall. He plans to pursue a career in engineering or dentistry, Camie Smith said.

by: SUBMITTED - New Eagle Scouts Colton Smith, right, and Thomas Kyte celebrate their achievement.