Pleasanton teen Yash Prakash received his Eagle Scout badge during a ceremony this month in recognition of earning the highest Boy Scouts rank.
For his Eagle Scout service project, Prakash designed and built a storage system for Playing at Learning, a nonprofit organization focused on providing underprivileged Bay Area children hands-on experience with new technology. His project aimed to help the nonprofit expand its operations and reach out to even more people in the area.
An Amador Valley High School graduate now entering a medical-degree program at Boston University, Prakash began his scouting career in seventh grade as a new recruit to Pleasanton's Troop 934.
During his years with the scouts, he has earned 28 merit badges, accrued over 100 service hours volunteering at the American Red Cross center and has served in a number of leadership positions, including patrol leader, den chief, scribe and bugler.
Prakash attended a variety of summer camps as a scout, including Camp Royaneh and Camp Marin Sierra, where he actively participated in the shooting sports and swimming challenges. He also led his troop to Camp Wente as an assistant senior patrol leader and ran a leg for his troop in the "Wentathalon."
The 18-year-old said he believes the Boy Scouts helped him develop a strong work ethic and a deep passion for serving the community, attributing much of his success to his youth and adult leaders who have mentored and guided him during his time in the troop.
Prakash, who reached his Eagle Scout goal last November, formally received his Eagle badge on Aug. 7 during an Eagle Court of Honor ceremony.
In the semester ahead, Prakash will be one of 20 students in the country this year to begin in a seven-year accelerated medical program at Boston University. A presidential scholarship recipient, he would earn a bachelor's degree and a Doctor of Medicine from the program upon completion.