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MHS junior receives Scouting's highest rank

Nicolas Isaac Guerra is about to enter his junior year at McCollum High School with a very distinguished honor. He recently received the Eagle Scout Award which is Scouting’s highest rank.

Nick had the opportunity to meet Governor Rick Perry on June 5. Governor Perry, who is also an Eagle Scout, congratulated Nick and said, “It [achieving Eagle] is the only thing that you will do as a young man that will still be on your resume when you’re 30, 40, or 60. McCollum may win the State Championship in football… It won’t be on your resume. The only thing you will do as a young man that will still be on your resume is Eagle Scout.”

Nick, as he is commonly known, has been involved with the Boy Scouts of America since age 12, learning all the skills necessary to advance through the ranks and complete all the requirements necessary to become an Eagle Scout. His biggest hurdle was completing a project where he fulfilled duties much like that of a project manager in the business field.

Nick’s project included the installation of a Rain Harvesting System at the Medina River Natural Area on the south side of San Antonio. He had to develop and follow the plan, timeline and budget as well as coordinate with contractors for the purchase and delivery of materials. Nick helped install an underground system of PVC pipes to connect the downspouts to a 1,000 gallon holding tank, complete with an overflow. He also took part in excavating an area for a holding pad with a retaining wall for the tank.

Nick’s project benefits the area by harvesting rain water to use for irrigation of the plants and trees special to the south side park without having to use drinking water. After the showers in May, the tank filled to capacity.