May 24, 2004

Anthony Bedegi of Sunol Boy Scout Troop #912 was awarded the highest level of scouting, the Eagle Scout Award, at a ceremony in his honor on April 25 at Foothill High School. Officiating this important event were scout leaders, Jerry Tomaszak,, Jim Garvin, John Gilchrest, Lowell Hazelton and Bryan Pellissier. Deacon Gary Wortham performed the invocation and Ryan Sass emceed the evening.

Anthony has been working towards this honor for 7 years. In order to receive the Eagle Scout award one must earn 21 merit badges, serve in a troop leadership position and work on a substantial service project. Anthony has also demonstrated that he lives daily by the principles of scouting. He was also required to appear before a scouting Board of Review. He has served as his troops Patrol Leader, Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, Troop Guide and Assistant Scout Master. He also attended the Brownsea Junior Leader Training Program.

Anthony completed his Eagle Scout Project by working with Stanley Gibson of the Pleasanton Parks Department. Last October he worked with a team of 10 other scouts, installing water flow diverters to protect the hillsides and trails of Augustine Bernal Park from water erosion. According to Mom, Mary Jane, "This project was a learning experience about the unexpected obstacles that can get in the way, how to overcome them to complete the mission and the value of tapping into your personal resources".

Anthony credits all his accomplishment to current and former scoutmasters and leaders, Dean Hall, Jerry Tomaszak, John Gilchrest, Cindy Pellissier, Forrest Sass and Bob Hrabe.

Anthony is a senior at Foothill High school where he leads the percussion unit of the marching band and he also participates in the football program. This very bright student has also taken a summer engineering class through Johns Hopkins University, a biology class at Northwestern University, a chemistry class at Las Positas and has moved into both AP calculus and AP physics during his senior year.

Please join me in congratulating Anthony Bedegi and parents, Mary Jane and Peter for this well-deserved award.

Sunol Glen School's annual Spring concert will be held this evening at 7:00 p.m. in the school's auditorium. Musical director Kitty Jowe says "the children are excited because for some of them this will be their first time performing". The beginning band members of third graders and fourth graders receive instruction once a week; the fifth graders receive band instruction three times a week and the sixth and seventh and eighth grade gets advanced band instruction four times a week. These talented tune-sters will be playing recorders, violins, cellos, violas, trumpets, flutes, saxophones, clarinets and the drums. Please try to stop by the school for this unforgettable evening of music.

Sunol Glen School's first annual Tri-tip Dinner fundraiser held on May 19 was a huge success. The delicious dinner of tri tip beef, baked potato, salad and roll was served an hour before the schools Open House Night and according to parent Adrienne Hoxie "It was a very nice, relaxing evening instead of having to rush home to prepare dinner before Open House. It was just a lot of fun". Each year the school's seventh graders think of very creative ways to raise funds for next years annual eighth grade trip to Washington D.C and with all of the great comments I've heard about the Tri-tip dinner I bet this will start another Sunol Glen fundraising tradition.

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