Four teens from a local Boy Scout troop who have been awarded the highest honor in Scouting — the rank of Eagle Scout — recently received special recognition certificates from Los Angeles City Councilman Bill Rosendahl at an Eagle Scout presentation ceremony at the Venice Japanese Community Center (VJCC).

Scout Troop 764, of which the four are members, is chartered by the Venice Japanese Community Center, 12448 Braddock Drive, in the Del Rey area.

The four scouts are Garret Masumiya, Andrew Yamashita, Kevin Cohen and Kevin Ozaki.

Masumiya is a senior at Venice High School. His Eagle Project took place in May last year at the community center, where he painted the parking lot lines and weeded the garden with the help of fellow scouts, parents, family and friends. He received his Eagle Scout Award from the district on July 12th. He will be attending UC-Irvine in the fall.

Yamashita is currently a senior at Reseda High School. His Eagle Project was on May 5th last year at the community center, where he refurbished the bathrooms and the breezeway alongside them and created a large utility shelving unit for the storage closet. He was assisted by the troop, friends and family and was awarded his Eagle Scout honor by the district on July 12th. He will be attending either UC Irvine or UC Santa Barbara in the fall.

Cohen is a senior at Culver City High School. His Eagle Project involved refurbishing a storage area at the Venice Hongwanji Buddhist Temple with the help of fellow scouts, their parents, family and friends. He earned his Eagle Scout rank from the district on August 9th. He will attend UC-Berkeley in the fall.

Ozaki is a senior at Culver City High School. He completed his Eagle Project on August 3rd and 4th with the help of his troop, family and friends. For his project, he refurbished the outside walls and doors of the community center. He received his Eagle Scout rank from the district on October 11th. He plans to attend Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in the fall.

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