Los Alamos Scout Nic Gonzales Realizes Dream At Eagle Court of Honor

During a special ceremony Sunday at Fuller Lodge, Nicanor (Nic) Gonzales, 15, realized his nine year dream to become an Eagle Scout. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
Nic Gonzales expresses to family, friends and fellow Scouts how much their presence at his Eagle Court of Honor means to him. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
Troop 22 Scoutmaster Dane Spearing presents the Eagle neckerchief to Nic Gonzales. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post
 

As a kindergartener, Niconer (Nic) Gonzales informed his mother that one day he would become an Eagle Scout. The 15-year-old Los Alamos High School freshman realized that dream Sunday afternoon during a special Troop 22 Eagle Court of Honor ceremony at Fuller Lodge.

“I am incredibly proud of Nic,” said his mother Laura Gonzales, Chief Information Officer at Los Alamos County. “He is a determined and dedicated individual and he wanted to become an Eagle Scout, not so much for himself but because he always wanted to help people. His Scoutmaster said Nic is the ‘definition of cheerful service.'”

Scoutmaster Dane Spearing explained that in Troop 22, each ceremony is a little bit different and is written by the Scout’s family. The ceremony is held after an Eagle Scout board of review has certified that a Scout has completed all the requirements for that rank. Requirements include earning at least 21 merit badges and demonstrating Scout Spirit through the Boy Scout Oath and Law, service and leadership. This includes an extensive service project that the Scout plans, organizes, leads, and manages. Gonzales completed the Mesa Public Library Pathway as his service project.

Eagle Scout is the highest rank attainable in the Boy Scouting program of the Boy Scouts of America. A Scout who attains this rank is called an Eagle Scout or Eagle. Additional recognition can be earned through Eagle Palms, awarded for completing additional tenure, leadership and merit badge requirements.

“This is one of the most incredible achievements of my life and it’s pretty amazing I got it this early, most Scouts get theirs the last minute of senior year,” Gonzales said. “One of the greatest things that being an Eagle Scout means to me is everything I’ve learned about being a leader.”

Gonzales’ grandfather Rey Gonzales gave both the invocation and benediction at Sunday’s Eagle Court of Honor ceremony.

“We thank you God for your support of everyone who has helped guide Nic on his Eagle Trail,” Gonzalez said. “We are grateful for the Scouting experiences and opportunities that have led to this day. Help Nic to live up to the honor, responsibility and expectations that this Eagle award represents … May you lead by influence and not by title alone. May you lead with that delicate mix of humility, strength, example and force.”

A Color Guard presentation closed out Sunday’s Eagle Court of Honor ceremony followed by lunch for the guests and participants.

Eagle Scout Nic Gonzales presents his mother Laura Gonzales, Chief Information Officer at Los Alamos County with an Eagle pin. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Eagle Scout Nic Gonzales presents his father Rey Gonzales Jr,. an engineer at the Public Works Department with an Eagle pin. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Troop 22 Scoutmaster Dane Spearing described new Eagle Scout Nic Gonzales as ‘the definition of cheerful service.’ Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

New Eagle Scout Nic Gonzales listens as his Troop 22 Scoutmaster Dane Spearing details his accomplishments. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Troop 22 Scoutmaster Dane Spearing congratulates new Eagle Scout Nic Gonzales. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Eagle Scout Nic Gonzales with his proud mom, Laura Gonzales. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Eagle Scout Nic Gonzales with his grandparents Elizabeth and Rey Gonzales. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard congratulates Nic Gonzales on achieving the rank of Eagle Scout. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Eagle Scout Nic Gonzales with from left, County Councilor David Izraelevitz, Terry Izraelevitz who taught Gonzales at preschool and Beth Bathick who was his kindergarten teacher at Aspen Elementary School. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Eagle Scout Nic Gonzales salutes as the Color Guard closes Sunday’s special Eagle Court of Honor ceremony. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Eagle Scout Nic Gonzales, surrounded by family and friends applauding his great accomplishment. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

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