Owen Mello, an incoming junior at Foothill High School, has completed the requirements for the rank of Eagle Scout, but due to COVID-19, his Court of Honor will be a private celebration with family and a few close friends.
Mello is on the Foothill swim team, as well as the team at Castlewood Country Club, and works as a lifeguard and swim instructor at the Dublin Wave. His other interests include gardening, golf, cars and politics. Upon completion of high school, he hopes to study political science and become a congressman or political adviser.
Mello has been an assistant senior patrol leader, instructor, patrol leader and librarian for his Troop 941, which is sponsored by VFW Post No. 6298 of Pleasanton.
For his Eagle Scout service project, he built a large custom birdhouse for the Brookdale Alzheimer's Care Facility in Danville in honor of his grandfather, Rick Graves, a former resident of the facility.
Mello lives in Pleasanton with his parents Kevin and Jennifer Mello, and siblings Griffin and Audrey Mello.
Requirements for Eagle Scout are to be active in his troop, demonstrate leadership, earn 21 merit badges, and demonstrate he lives by the principles of the Scout Oath. Only 4% of Scouts have achieved the rank of Eagle Scout since it was instituted in 1911.
Anyone interested in Scouting can contact Twin Valley District Executive Matt Lindberg, [email protected]