Glenn Sako, scoutmaster of Boy Scouts of America Troop 19 in Hilo, announces that Owen Sandstrom is the troop’s newest Eagle Scout.
“Less than 4 percent of the nation’s scouts currently reach this prestigious rank by the age of 18,” Sako said. The troop is sponsored by the Waiakea Lions Organization and holds meetings at the United Community Church.
Having a love for basketball, Sandstrom’s Eagle Scout Service Leadership Project consisted of refurbishing the outdoor basketball court at Chiefess Kapiolani Elementary School.
When asked, “What does scouting mean to you?” Sandstrom said scouting is a place where he can be himself and learn skills that can potentially be used to help others.
This project involved replacing old rusted poles with new gooseneck poles with breakaway rims and also the painting of new court lines.
A senior at Waiakea High School, he has been involved in numerous extra-curricular activities such as Key Club, National Honor Society, French Club and Math League, and has achieved scholastic and athletic awards. He plans to enter the medical field. He is the son of Robert and Gail Sandstrom of Hilo.
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