Eagle Scout | Spotlights

Eagle Scout Spotlight is a weekly blog post highlighting individuals who have achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. Eagles are given a set of prepared questions in writing and they respond to them as they see fit.  Responses may be edited for spelling mistakes, but they are the words and thoughts of each Eagle Scout.

You will find the question asked in bold and the Eagle Scout’s response immediately below.

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Michael McDowell at Eagle Cost of Honor

Michael McDowell

Michael McDowell earned his Eagle in 1986 with Troop 93, Des Mones, IA of the Mid-Iowa Council. Studying at both Iowa State University and the University of California, Davis, Michael now finds himself living in Pleasant Hill with his wife. The former Scoutmaster of Troop 405, where his son attained the rank of Eagle Scout in 2016. Michael continues his service with the Golden Gate Area Council as a commissioner for the Briones District and on the council’s Camping, Communications, and STEM committees.

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Eagle Scout Brett Bormann

Brett Borrmann

Brett Bormann earned his Eagle at the age of seventeen from Troop 941 in Pleasanton, California. He is currently a Ph.D. Student at the University of California, Davis, where he is studying neuroscience. Before attending UC Davis, Brett served as a lifeguard for the East Bay Regional Parks.

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Michael Miller and Aaron Miller

Michael Miller

Michael Miller grew up in Oregon, earning his Eagle with Troop 14 of the Crater Lake Council. A Vigil member of the Order of the Arrow, Michael served as the Section Chief for W-1A (State of Oregon). Over the years, he has volunteered in many scouting rules, including as Scoutmaster for his now Eagle Scout son. Today Micahel continues to serve the Golden Gate Area Council as a member of the Executive Committee and Board of Directors.

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Eagle Scout Kathryn Block

Kathryn Block

Kathryn Block earned her Eagle at the age of 12 from troop 514 of Discovery Bay. A passion for horses naturally leads to her favorite merit badge being Horsemanship. Kathryn is also joined in the Eagle’s nest by her brother.

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Eagle Scout Josh Phillips

Josh Phillips

Josh Phillips is the current Eagle Scout Coordinator for the Golden Gate District, taking over for Outstanding Eagle Scout Larry Teschera. He earned his Eagle with Troop 159 of San Francisco from the legacy San Francisco Bay Area Council. As a scout, Josh spent eight summers working in the corral at Wente Scout Reservation. A former San Francisco police officer, he now volunteers as an Assistant Scoutmaster in his son’s troop, Troop 15.

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Photo of Alexia Tzortzis

Alexia Tzortzis

Alexia Tzortzis earned her Eagle with Troop 402 of Lafayette, Calif., and is a student at Campolindo High School. She is a self-proclaimed plant nerd and comes from a large family of Scouters, including an Eagle Scout father, brother, and uncles, along with future Eagle Scout sisters.

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