Nine members of Westchester Boy Scout Troop 927 have earned the Eagle Scout Award, the highest award for scouting.

The scouts, John Barriga, Christopher Bulpitt, Jonathan Escamilla, Adam Gwin, John Heintz, John Lear, Charles Lefferman, Luke Ramsey and Russell Shimada, were recognized as Eagle Scouts during a ceremony at Westchester United Methodist Church July 26th.

The Westchester scouts each conducted community service projects to earn the Eagle Scout Award.

Projects included a recycling center designed by Bulpitt at Orville Wright Middle School, which helped establish a recycling program for the school.

Lefferman worked on eco-friendly restoration and built several benches for the Ballona Wetlands viewing platform, which serves as an outdoor classroom for local students and community members.

Escamilla helped revitalize the garden at Kentwood Elementary School through a project that involved putting in new plants and adding a walkway down the center of the garden.

Shimada organized a community food drive for the Westside Food Bank, which collected more than 3,000 pounds of food.

Barriga’s project helped clean and level off a strip of land bordering the parking lot at Neilson Field.

Lear worked on the flooding situation at Neilson Field during the winter by replacing the drain pipe from the parking lot to the other side of the field.

Gwin sanded and repainted a room at Covenant Presbyterian Church and also purchased new cabinets for music storage.

The Fellowship Hall at Covenant Presbyterian Church was renovated and repainted through Heintz’s project.

The church also had its parking lot wall and an exterior wall painted through Ramsey’s project.

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