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Whiz Kid: Sammamish Eagle Scout Justin Pacholec Goes to the Capitol

Pacholec was one of six representatives from the Chief Seattle Council of Boy Scouts of America to deliver a presentation to Lt. Gov. Brad Owen.

Name and age: Justin Pacholec, 16

School: Sophomore at Eastlake High School

Accomplishment: Local Eagle Scout Justin Pacholec of Troop 751 in Sammamish was one of six representatives for Chief Seattle Council attending the 2012 Report to State. 

Each year, the Boy Scouts of America Councils in Washington State present a combined Report to State to the Governor's office in Olympia. This year's Report to State was delivered to Lieutenant Governor Brad Owen on Wednesday, Feb. 22, in Olympia by 22 Eagle Scouts from across the state.  Those Eagle Scouts represented the six Councils and over 57,000 Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts, and 1,333 new Eagle Scouts in Washington State for 2011. 

Pacholec earned his Eagle Scout in December 2011.

The report includes a summary of the number of Community Service hours completed, number of youth at camping facilities, and other achievements by Scouting organizations for the 2011 year.

Justin and his fellow Eagle Scouts were hosted by independent discussions with Lieutenant Governor Brad Owen, State Attorney General Rob McKenna, State Senator Mike Hewitt, and State Representative Hans Zeiger. In addition, Eagle Scouts attended job shadows focusing on State government positions.

Justin and four other Eagle Scouts shadowed Washington State Patrol Chief John Batiste. Other job shadows included the Attorney General's Office, TVW, the Department of Licensing, and the State Legislature. Agenda items also included a presentation by Amy Brackenbury, a Washington State lobbyist, and observation of the State Legislature passing a special recognition proclamation honoring the US Navy on Navy Appreciation Day, Feb 22nd.

--Information and photos from Michael Pacholec

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