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Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
P.O. Box 48, Spokane WA 99210
(509) 358-7340; FAX: (509) 358-7302


McKenna Brothers earn Eagle Scout awards

the Inland Register

(From the Aug. 3, 2006 edition of the Inland Register)

John and Nate McKenna, members of Scout Troop 258, received their Eagle Scout awards on June 23. They are the sons of Dr. John I. and Molly McKenna.

Troop 258 is co-sponsored by St. Patrick, St. Charles and St. Thomas More parishes in Spokane. Scoutmaster is Mike Basta.

John McKenna (left) will be a senior at Gonzaga Prep. He is involved in varsity football and track, Knights of the Leash, Mentoring, National Honor Society, Bronze Bullpups, and Student Council. He is a National Merit Commended Scholar, scoring in the top three percent of high school students in the nation on the PSAT. He also received the Army Reserve National Scholar Athlete Award in May, 2006.

For his Eagle Scout project, John designed, built, and installed a fire danger level sign for Fire Station 91 in Mead. He had to gather materials and laborers, organize construction and painting of the sign, and oversee its installation. His design has been adopted by the Fire District as the standard for all future signs of its kind.

Both John and Nate have been in Scouting since the first grade. They were members of Pack 112, sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Council of St. Charles Parish, from Tiger Scout through second-year Webelos. Both earned Arrow of Light awards.

Nate McKenna (right) will be a junior at Gonzaga Prep, where he is a member of the football and track teams, Student Council, Knights of the Leash, Mentoring and National Honor Society. He recently was chosen to represent Gonzaga Prep as a part of its delegation to the Ignatian Leadership Retreat at Seattle University.

For his Eagle Scout project, Nate chose to renovate and re-landscape the parish prayer garden behind the empty convent on the grounds of St. Patrick Parish. This included tilling the existing grass, leveling the ground, pulling bushes and trees, mending the fence, moving rocks, putting in new sod and installing a sprinkler system.


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