Eagle Scout Grant Snyder designs perfect project
Grant Snyder of El Dorado Hills earned the rank of Eagle Scout. Grant’s Court of Honor was held at Bertelsen Park on Aug. 11, 2012.
Grant began scouting in first grade, starting as a Tiger Cub in Pack 789 in Gilroy. After moving to El Dorado Hills in 2002, Grant joined Cub Scout Pack 454 and bridged to Boy Scout Troop 454. Grant transferred to the newly chartered Boy Scout Troop 465 in 2011. He was the second scout in the new troop to achieve the rank of Eagle Scout.
Grant’s Eagle project was the design, fabrication and installation of a metal sculpture and the landscaping of the surrounding area near the scoreboard at the Oak Ridge High School football field.
Grant designed and constructed a metal sculpture of the Oak Ridge High School’s initials with skills he developed during his years of participation in the Manufacturing Engineering program at ORHS. The cutting, welding and painting of the sculpture were done using the plasma cutter and other tools available in the engineering shop with the help of his instructor, Bob Wilson.
To support the sculpture, a concrete slab and foundation was constructed. The surrounding area was cleared of weeds, 60 cubic yards of bark was spread, trees were planted and a drip irrigation system was installed.
Special thanks go out to the Oak Ridge Community Foundation, the El Dorado Hills Rotary Club, Robin Bevier, Dan and Barbara Woods, Dave and Tina Woods, and Linda and Sam Yao for their financial donations. Thanks also to Livingston’s Concrete for their delivery and donation of the concrete and to Tony Abreu and his crew of AWA Concrete Construction for the placement and finishing of the concrete. Additional thanks also go out to Billy, Jamie, Mr. Wehr, Mr. Wilson and Mr. Angi from Oak Ridge High School, Danny Villalobos, Tim Magoffin and the hardworking scouts and leaders from Troops 454 and 465.
The project was completed in time for the 2012 ORHS’s graduation ceremony. Grant said it was very rewarding to see graduates pictures posted on Facebook with the letters set as a backdrop.
Grant is now attending San Jose State University pursuing a degree in industrial design.