JUNE 2, 1997
Six scouts from Bothell's Boy Scout Troop 627 recently became Eagle Scouts. From left: Ben Thornton, Jerome Rowden, John Carlston, Kevin Graham, Sam Baxter, and Mike Diehl.
Photo courtesy Jim Bates.
by Andrew Walgamott, staff reporter
Six Boy Scouts from Bothell's Troop 627 recently became Eagle Scouts, the highest rank for scouts. Honored May 17 at the Woodinville First Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the new Eagle Scouts are Samuel Baxter, John Carlston, Michael Diehl, Kevin Graham, Jerome Rowden, and Benjamin Thornton.
The group spent more than 800 hours working on their Eagle Scout projects, which involves organizing, recruiting for, and implementing a community service project. A national scout review board awarded them Eagle status between December 1996 and March 1997, but because they'd worked on each other's community service projects, the group wanted to be honored at the same time.
Linda Carlston, mother of John Carlston, said that in checking Boy Scout records as far back as 1916, there had never been so many scouts from a single troop become Eagles at once.
Troop 627, with 30 members, has produced 20 Eagles since 1981. Five more scouts recently received the "Life" rank and will be developing projects to become Eagles. Carlston said that anyone in the community with ideas for projects for the boys should call her at 488-1104. Projects need to be community-oriented and done for non-profit organizations.
The Eagle Scouts
Samuel Baxter is a senior at Inglemoor High School and maintains a 3.985 GPA. He plans on attending BYU. His Eagle Scout project involved cleaning up and replanting a service road and greenbelt area with Bothell's Parks and Recreation Department.
John Carlston is a junior at IHS and is involved in the Bothell High School auto mechanics programs. To become an Eagle Scout, he built up two campground sites at Flowing Lake above Monroe. He has also been elected by fellow scouts to the Order of the Arrow.
Michael Diehl is honor society president at IHS, captain of the cross country team, and has been accepted to BYU. He also worked on the campsites at Flowing Lake to become an Eagle Scout.
Kevin Graham has been attending Shoreline Community College's Running Start Program and will graduate from IHS this year. He plans to become a syndicated cartoonist. To become an Eagle Scout, he assembled and distributed first aid supplies to the homeless through the Northshore Multi-Service Center in Bothell.
Jerome Rowden works for a snowboard manufacturer and serves as a snowboard instructor at Snoqualmie Pass. He finished his last years of high school enrolled in the Running Start program. His Eagle Scout project included erection of a covered bulletin board and bench at Lake Roesiger.
Benjamin Thornton plans to attend the LDS Business College in Salt Lake City, Utah. A letterman in track and cross country at IHS, he organized construction and built a natural stone bridge over a wetland at Flowing Lake.