Mateo 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, Mateo directed more than 20 volunteers in a water-conservation project that replaced 1,100 square feet of sod with porous pavers, creating a year-round, usable patio area. He also added an additional 800-square-foot concrete pad for the fish fry trailer, to help the Knights of Columbus Council 7467.
Mateo, a founding member of Troop 21 in Brentwood, has been a scout since the age of 7. In addition to earning 53 merit badges, Mateo was awarded entry into the Wolfeboro Pioneers and the Order of the Arrow. He has held various troop positions and is a graduate of the National Youth Leadership Training. He also earned the National Outdoor Achievement awards in hiking, with gold device for completing 163 miles of hiking, and in camping, with gold device for 68 nights of camping.
Upon graduation this spring, Mateo is planning to attend college and pursue a degree in neonatal nursing.