Three Local Boy Scouts Achieve Eagle Rank

Chad Wilson, Brendan Harvey and Connor Harvey were recognized on May 31 at a Court of Honor after achieving the rank of Eagle Scout.
Wilson, the son of Craig and Melissa Wilson, was born on Oct. 17 1999 in Glendale. He has an older sister, Molly, and two older brothers, Chris and Kirk, who are fellow Eagle Scouts. Wilson attended La Crescenta Elementary School and Rosemont Middle School, and graduated from Crescenta Valley High School. He earned CV’s Community Service Award after completing 100 hours of service.
Wilson will be attending Brigham Young University – Idaho in the fall where he is planning to major in exercise science with plans to go to dental school.
Wilson has enjoyed playing volleyball as an outside hitter at CV for the past four years. While on the JV team, he received the Most Outstanding Player
Award. He was on the varsity team his last two years of high school and recently received a Scholar Athlete Achievement Award. He also played club volleyball with San Gabriel Elite.
Wilson played the trumpet in the orchestra while at Rosemont Middle School and continued to play throughout his freshman year at CV in the wind ensemble. He decided to try choir his senior year at CV and enjoyed his time in the men’s ensemble.
He began his scouting experience as a Cub Scout when he was 8 years old. He enjoyed having his dad involved in the scouting program for most of those years. Some of his most memorable Cub scouting events included many successful Pinewood Derby races. As a Cub Scout, he earned his Arrow of Light Award. In Boy Scouts, he enjoyed attending scout camp at Emerald Bay in Catalina. He has served in various positions in the troop including senior patrol leader and earned 24 merit badges.
Wilson is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints where he has been an active member of the deacon’s, teacher’s and priest’s quorums and served as the president of the teacher’s quorum. He attended early morning seminary for the past four years. He is planning to serve an LDS mission next year.
For his Eagle Scout project he and his volunteers built and painted two picnic tables for their designated picnic area at Descanso Gardens. He also refurbished several benches throughout the gardens. These benches have memoriam plaques on each one. By refurbishing these benches, it helped to honor former patrons while making it more enjoyable for visitors who come to the gardens each day.
Wilson thanked the scouts and families who helped with his Eagle Scout project. He also wishes to thank the many leaders who have helped him along the trail to getting his Eagle.

Brendan Harvey is the son of Ryan and Rebecca Harvey. He was born on New Year’s Day 2002 and was the first baby of the year born at Verdugo Hills Hospital. Brendan has two older sisters, Lauren and Rachel, and a younger brother, Connor. He has lived in La Crescenta his whole life.
As a youth, Brendan played AYSO soccer for five years, participated in Little League and played the piano. At Monte Vista Elementary School, he played the alto saxophone in the school orchestra. At Rosemont Middle School, Brendan was on the track and cross-country team as well as played volleyball in the after-school program. He founded the retro gaming club on campus and was a member of the California Junior Scholarship Federation. He worked as a teacher’s assistant for the wood technology class and was awarded the Rosemont Science Department Award. Brendan also received the Presidential Education Award and the American Legion Scholastic Award for courage, honor, leadership, patriotism, scholarship and service in addition to being named Spartan of the Month.
Brendan developed, organized, and implemented his plan for his Eagle Scout project at Dunsmore Elementary School. He and his troop, alongside volunteers in the community, installed the Japanese friendship garden for the Japanese English dual immersion program. Brendan was awarded his Eagle Scout Award on Oct. 29, 2015 and earned 51 merit badges, gold, silver and bronze palms. Upon completing his Eagle, he received the Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition from Congressman Adam Schiff.
At Crescenta Valley High School, Brendan is a two-year member of the PTSA where he holds the office of Red Ribbon Week chairperson. He was also a member of the California Scholarship Federation. Brendan was on the freshman cross-country team and played volleyball for two years at CV where he was a sophomore on the varsity volleyball team as a middle blocker. He played on the San Gabriel Elite club volleyball team and plays for the Santa Monica Beach Volleyball Club Adidas 16 team (currently ranked 11th in Southern California) and will be heading to the Junior Olympics in July. Brendan is a member of the Los Angeles Volleyball Academy, Southern California Volleyball Association, and a member of the California Beach Volleyball Club. He is a registered NCAA collegiate athlete and, in addition to playing volleyball, Brendan enjoys coding and traveling and is a certified scuba diver.

Connor Harvey is also the son of Ryan and Rebecca Harvey. He was born on Aug. 3, 2003 in Glendale. Connor has two older sisters, Lauren and Rachel, and one older brother, Brendan. He has resided in La Crescenta his whole life.
As a child, Connor attended Monte Vista Elementary School where his love for scouting began at 5 years of age when he was a Tiger Cub in the school troop. He played the clarinet in the school orchestra for three years and was invited to perform for two consecutive years in the Glendale Elementary Instrumental Honors Music Festival where he received a Certificate of Congressional Recognition from Adam Schiff and California Assemblyman Mike Gatto. In addition to orchestra, Connor participated in musical theater for three years with roles in “Go West!” “Lewis and Clark” and “Can You Dig It?” He was also a member of the school chorus and attended Arrowbear Music Camp.
Connor loves athletics and played AYSO soccer for eight years and was the goalie on the AYSO All-Star soccer team. He played Little League and spent years training in Tae Kwon Do and earned his black belt in 2016. In middle school, Connor worked as a teacher’s assistant for industrial arts and was awarded the school’s Wood Technology Department Award. He was on the cross-country and track teams and received the Glendale Unified School District Track Athlete Award in both seventh and eighth grades for shot put and the 100-meter dash. He was a member of California Junior Scholarship Federation for two years. Connor received the Presidential Fitness Award and Spartan of the Month recognition. Connor received the award of Outstanding Participant in the TUPE program (tobacco use prevention education) and, upon promotion, received the Jack Silberstein Math Award given to one student at Rosemont who is outstanding in the field of mathematics but who is also enthusiastic, caring and encouraging to his peers.
One of Connor’s favorite places to camp and explore is Henninger Flats Nature Preserve in the Angeles Crest Forest. This place seemed fitting for an Eagle Scout project, so Connor designed, planned and oversaw the construction of a new hikers bulletin and posting board on the premises. Connor received his Eagle Scout award on June 22, 2017. Connor earned 42 merit badges and the silver and bronze palms.
Connor currently attends Crescenta Valley High School as a freshman. He is a member of the PTSA, California Scholarship Federation and ran cross-country. He is currently a middle blocker for both the high school freshman volleyball team and the Santa Monica Beach Volleyball Club Team. Connor is a member of both the Los Angeles Volleyball Academy and Southern California Volleyball Association. On weekends during the summer, he can be found competing in beach volleyball tournaments.
Connor enjoys traveling, learning the French language, and coding.