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Youth Awarded: Eagle Court of Honor

Zahin Muhammad Ali, a college sophomore, won Eagle rank in scouting. A Siliconeer report.


(Right): Zahin Muhammad Ali

At an impressive ceremony July 27 in San Ramon, Calif., a National Eagle Court of Honor hosted by the Mt. Diablo-Silverado Council of the Boy Scouts of America, Zahin Muhammad Ali of Troop 834 was formally conferred the Eagle rank, the top scouting rank. Only four out of 100 scouts ever make it to Eagle rank. Ali is a sophomore at the University of California at Berkeley.

“I would like to thank all individuals who have supported me in my scouting career,” Ali said in a message. “I would not have achieved Eagle if wasn’t for all the scouts and adults of Troop 834. I am immensely appreciative of my parents and family for always pushing me forward and believing that I could accomplish anything if I tried hard enough.”

His parents Muhammad and Lina thanked those who had helped Ali. “We have accompanied Zahin on his trail to Eagle, ever since he joined the scouting program as a Tiger Cub. We’re very glad that our son had the opportunity to finish the program on such a memorable note,” they said in a joint message. “We are grateful to all the other adults, scouts, and mentors who have helped Zahin a long the way. On camping trips, on his rank advancement, and eagle project, Zahin has received invaluable help. We cherish your dedication to his success.”

Ali’s other honors include the California Alumni Association Leadership Scholarship, McDonalds House Charities Asia Scholarship, Berkeley Undergraduate Scholarship, San Ramon Valley Unified School District Business Roundtable Finance Award

Only one in four boys in America will become scouts, but of the leaders of this nation in business, religion and politics, three out of four were scouts.

Of any 100 boys who become scouts, 30 drop out in their first year. Only rarely does one ever appear before a juvenile court judge. Twelve of the 100 will be from families that belong to no church. Through scouting, these 12 and many of their families will be brought into contact with a church and will continue to be active all their lives.

Almost all will develop hobbies that will add interest throughout the rest of their lives. Approximately one-half will serve in the military and in varying degrees profit from their scout training. At least one will use it to save another person’s life and many will credit it with saving their own.


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SPORTS: Sania Mirza in Bay Area
TRAVEL: Alamos, Mexico
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RECIPE: Khasta Kachori
FILM REVIEW: Brick Lane
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BOLLYWOOD: Guftugu
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