Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Pierce youth to receive Eagle Scout award

Jonathan Syed, of Pierce, has been involved with scouting since he began as a Tiger Cub at six-years-old. At that time, there was a Scout Pack of Pierce and Weippe boys.

Unfortunately, after a couple years, the Hilltop pack disbanded due to a lack of interest, and Jonathan joined the very active Pack/Troop #536 of Orofino. For the past nine years, he has enjoyed many campouts and activities with this group.

Jonathan, now 17, will be honored at a special Eagle Scout ceremony Sunday, July 15, 5 p.m. at the Pierce Community Center. The public is invited to attend.

To earn Scouting’s highest award, Jonathan had to earn 21 merit badges, serve as a leader in his troop, and complete a major community service project.

Jonathan’s service project took place at the Chinese Hanging Site, along Highway 11, just south of Pierce. After almost nine months of research and planning, in June of 2010, Jonathan led a group of 11 Scouts and adults to perform the work of clearing the 360’ trail up to the historic site, and installing four interpretive signs along the path.

The signs begin with E.D. Pierce, arriving in the area on a gold-seeking expedition, discusses the ensuing gold rush, introduces the influx of the Chinese into the area, and the final sign details the Fraser murder and Chinese hanging incident.

Jonathan will be a senior at Timberline High School this upcoming year, and he plans to pursue a degree in criminal justice at the University of Massachusetts in the future.

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