Modesto teenager earns Eagle
Andrew Pardini, 18, has been awarded his Eagle Scout, the highest rank in the Boy Scouts of America.
Andrew, a member of Troop 194, is the son of Mark and Elaine Pardini of Modesto. His troop is sponsored by the Prescott Free Evangelical Church.
He graduated from Downey High School, where he was involved in several choirs. He attends the University of Southern California and studies at the Flora L. Thornton School of Music.
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Andrew started Tiger Cubs in the first grade and advanced to Cub Scouts, then Webelos, and earned his Arrow of Light. He is a member of the Order of the Arrow and has earned 31 merit badges.
For his Eagle project, Andrew -- in conjunction with a Veterans of Foreign Wars post -- assisted in preparing Lakewood Memorial Park for Memorial Day observances. Projects included clearing and trimming more than 1,000 flag stands that line the roadways on the grounds. He also assisted with the removal of small crosses and flags. More than 55 troop members, leaders and volunteers logged more than 223 hours for the project.
Andrew's father and his older brother, Harrison, are also Eagle Scouts.
Member of Troop 13 honored
Jacob Hodges, 16, has been awarded his Eagle Scout, the highest rank in the Boy Scouts of America.
Jacob, a member of Troop 13, is the son of Dick and Jennifer Hodges of Modesto. His troop is sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Modesto.
Jacob started Scouting in the second grade. He is now a junior at Riverbank High School and is active in cross-country, track and drama.
For his Eagle project, he built two hack boxes and a woodpecker-proof birdcage for the Stanislaus Wildlife Care Center.
The boxes are wooden structures used to raise young birds of prey until they are ready to be released into the wild.
Turlock Scout earns top award
Aaron Evers, 18, has been awarded his Eagle Scout, the highest rank in the Boy Scouts of America.
Aaron, a member of Troop 451, is the son of Doug and Barbara Evers of Turlock. His troop is sponsored by the United Methodist Men of the First United Methodist Church of Turlock.
Aaron is a graduate of Turlock High School, where he was involved in the the photography club and was on the principal's honor roll. He attends Modesto Junior College.
He started Cub Scouts in the first grade. He earned 37 merit badges and has held many leadership positions, such as patrol leader, assistant patrol leader, senior patrol leader and librarian. He is a member of the Order of the Arrow and earned his brotherhood at the Fall Ordeal in 2006. He took part in several leader training programs, and in the Five Finger of Polaris leadership training. He also attended the 2005 National Jamboree at Fort AP Hill in Virginia.
For his Eagle project, he planned and supervised the building of three storage rooms at the back of the stage area in the social hall of the First United Methodist Church.