Local seniors earn Boy Scouts of America’s Eagle Scout rank

On Nov. 17, David Claxton and Dillon Lerach, seniors at Pacific Ridge School, a non-profit, independent middle and high school in Carlsbad, were honored as Eagle Scouts, the highest rank of The Boy Scouts of America, at a private ceremony at the Rancho Santa Fe Community Center. Family and friends of the Pacific Ridge School seniors watched as Claxton and Lerach received an honor that only four percent of Boy Scouts are awarded.

Claxton, a third generation Eagle Scout, has been involved with Boy Scouts of America since the age of 5 and has many wonderful scouting memories to show for it. For his Eagle project, Claxton built a shrine honoring the Virgin of Guadalupe at the Church of the Nativity in Rancho Santa Fe. His project was created in an effort to encourage Mexican immigrants to feel welcome to use the church as a source of prayer and refuge. Additionally, Claxton is an advanced placement scholar and plans to take advantage of his natural math and science abilities to pursue a career in biomedical engineering.

Lerach began his scouting career as a Cub Scout in first grade and has since earned 37 Merit Badges. For his Eagle project, Lerach undertook an environmental and neighborhood beautification project, renovating trails at the Point Loma Native Plant Garden, part of the San Diego River Conservancy. Lerach is an avid history enthusiast and plans to study French literature and European history in college with hopes to have a future career in journalism or as a lawyer in the International Court of Justice. Ever the Boy Scout, Lerach looks ahead to staying active in scouting through the World Scouting Program.

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