In a break from tradition, two students were named Eagle Scout of the Year after it became impossible to decide between Everson Cruz and Sal Pimentel, both students of Don Bosco Technical Institute (Bosco Tech).   

The Rio Hondo District of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) selected the two winners of the award, which honors the valuable service of an exceptional nature performed by an Eagle Scout.

“Overall, the award is based on everything the scouts do, from education and academics to attitude, projects and activities,” said Bob Mosqueda, BSA district chairman for advancement. “Everson and Sal were both very, very good candidates. We could not choose one over the other.”

Cruz belongs to Whittier Troop 23 and is a high school junior studying materials science, engineering and technology. The Boeing Company has selected Cruz for an upcoming eight-week summer STEM internship.

Pimentel belongs to Montebello Troop 375 and is a high school senior studying architecture, construction and engineering. He has worked with the U.S. Department of Forestry on trail service, a natural trail development and maintenance program. This fall, he will begin studies in mechanical engineering at California State University.

“We’re extremely proud that two Bosco Tech students have earned this award concurrently,” said Bosco Tech principal Xavier Jimenez. “Not only have they fulfilled and surpassed scouting requirements, but they are upholding our school’s philosophy to strive to make their community a better place.”