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ECHS Senior Completes Eagle Scout Project

Tuesday, July 29, 2014
By Eladio Jaimez

Eagle ScoutTommy Yates wasn't only thinking about earning his Eagle Scout ranking when he decided on his final service project.

Yates was aware that there was a need to provide food to a local pantry so he embarked on a month-long food drive at Texas State Technical College that yielded nearly 1,000 pounds of food that were recently delivered to the Harlingen Neighborhood Food Pantry at the Church of Christ.

"I knew that if I could do something to give back to the people in need from our community, I could make a difference and that's what this project was about," Yates said. "It was a lot of work but well worth it in the end."

The service project has to be led, organized and managed by the scout vying for the Eagle rank. And Yates took upon himself to place up to 16 boxes around the TSTC campus with the help of the Veteran Student Alliance Club and some of the faculty.

Yates will be a senior this upcoming school year at Early College High School and has also been enrolled in classes at TSTC the last couple of years. Yates is on track to graduate from TSTC at the end of the upcoming school year with a certificate of completion in Academic Core, or the basic college courses.

"He was my student and I thought it would be great to help him out so some of the teachers at TSTC placed boxes in their classrooms too," said Beverly Bendiks, an Associate Professor in the Communications and Humanities department.

"The Veterans club did a great job of helping him too but all the work and credit goes to this young man, who did a great job of organizing the project."

Yates was very grateful for the help he received from Bendiks and the rest of the TSTC staff and faculty.

"I'm very thankful to everyone," Yates said. "When we got to the warehouse we filled it up with our donations. It was a great feeling to know that we'll be helping a lot of people that need it. And I couldn't have accomplished it without everyone's help."

Yates is ranked in the top 10 of his class and has narrowed his college choices to the University of Texas-Dallas, Abilene Christian University or Mary Hardin Baylor University and he wants to study Computer Science of Digital Entertainment Technology.

Yates said the Eagle Scout ranking will greatly benefit his pursuit of his goals and dreams.

"More than anything, it shows that you have leadership skills, Yates said. "And it looks good on your resume and it could lead to some scholarships."

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