David Muniz, a senior at HHS, and Alex Muniz, a sophomore at HHS, just wrapped up service projects at Harlingen High School and Dr. Abraham P. Cano Freshman Academy respectively.
As part of their plans to attain their Eagle Scout rank, the brothers built benches and landscaped the areas outside the front offices at the two campuses.
“My original plan was to do some landscaping because I noticed that a lot of the plants in front of the school were dead,” said David Muniz. “Then I realized that a lot of the students wait outside for their parents after school, and they don’t have anywhere to sit, so I decided to make a couple of benches for them to sit down as well.”
Learning about leadership skills in the process, both Scouts brought together younger members from Troop 1701 to help them complete the work that took about six to nine months to complete.
“With this project I learned a lot, and I think it taught me a lot about responsibility,” said Alex Muniz. “I’m very proud of us because I believe that our pursuit of the Eagle Scout rank shows that we have the motivation to complete something that takes years to complete. Not a lot of Boy Scouts become Eagle Scouts, so it’s a big accomplishment.”
With their Eagle Scout projects completed, both will move into the final steps of earning their Eagle ranking including an application and a board review that certifies that they met all of the requirements.
The Eagle Scout Award is the highest rank in the Boy Scouts. Only four percent of all Scouts earn the rank of Eagle Scout and to receive it, a boy must advance through six ranks and earn at least 21 merit badges.