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Rocklin scout achieves Eagle rank

Project helped Granite Oaks Middle School
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Austin Leverenz, 14, has earned his Eagle Rank, the highest honor in Boy Scouts.

Leverenz is a member of Troop 29, chartered to the Rocklin Lions Club in Rocklin. He has been active in the Boy Scouts of America since he was 7 years old and in the first grade. Leverenz earned his Arrow of Light Award, Cub Scouting's highest award, and joined Troop 29 in February 2009. Since then he has earned 40 merit badges, spent 55 nights camping, hiked more than 100 miles, served 36 months in leadership positions and has performed more than 250 hours of community service. He was also elected by his fellow scouts to become a member of the Order of the Arrow, Boy Scouts National Honor Society, where he is a Brotherhood Member. He currently serves as the OA Representative for the Troop.

For his Eagle project, Leverenz worked with Justin Thayer, seventh-grade science teacher at Granite Oaks Middle School, to make improvements on the garden area at the school. Leverenz constructed four additional raised planter boxes, installed a French drain and built a compost bin. In addition, students from Granite Oaks helped spread decomposed granite over the entire area to help with weed control. Thayer and his students maintain the plants year-round and sell the produce to the families in the school and donate some of it to neighboring elder care facilities.

Leverenz is a freshman at Whitney High School where he is active in Air Force Junior ROTC, marching band, cross country and the junior varsity golf team. An Eagle Court of Honor will be held to recognize his great achievement at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 13, at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 5901 Lonetree Blvd, Rocklin.