Alhambra High School senior, Noa Nabeshima, son of Noel Nabeshima, has earned the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest honor awarded by the Boy Scouts of America. The award will be presented at a Court of Honor ceremony on Oct. 15 at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Pleasant Hill, California.
Noa is a member of Boy Scout Troop 239, under the leadership of Scoutmaster Steve Bachofer and Eagle Coach Chris Farnitano. To earn the Eagle rank, Noa completed 21 merit badges, served as a leader in his troop, and completed a major community service project involving the John Muir National Historic Site, which took place on March 19.
Noa organized over 60 local volunteers who helped plant 1,000 plugs of Carex barbarae, a native California sedge, on both sides of Franklin Creek, which runs through the historic Martinez property. Volunteers laid cardboard and covered the area with mulch using donated shovels, rakes, and wheelbarrows. The project’s purpose was to help with erosion control, mark the sharp incline in the creek to prevent possible injury by visitors, and add an attractive native plant to the park designed to pay homage to famed naturalist John Muir. Noa worked with Keith Parks, horticulturist and arborist at the John Muir National Historic Site, to help design and implement the ambitious project.
Local businesses Kinder’s and Ecomulch made donations to support the project.