Diego Espinoza, a senior at De La Salle High School in Concord, attained the rank of Eagle Scout on Sept. 27.
His court of honor will be held on March 5, at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Brentwood, where he is a parishioner. For his Eagle project, Diego directed more than 30 volunteers in painting, drilling and installing 14 safety bollards into pedestrian pathways at the church, to prevent vehicles from parking in the walkways, allowing safe access for the elderly, the disabled and for families with young children.
Diego, a founding member of Troop 21 in Brentwood, has been a scout since the age of 7. In addition to earning 50 merit badges, Diego was awarded entry into the Wolfeboro Pioneers and the Order of the Arrow. He has held numerous leadership positions, including senior patrol leader, and is a graduate of the National Youth Leadership Training. He also earned the National Outdoor Achievement awards in hiking, with two gold devices for completing 159 miles of hiking, and in camping, with one gold device for 80 nights of camping.
Upon graduation this spring, Diego is planning to attend college and pursue a degree in biomedical engineering.