Merrimack Scout attains rank of Eagle

Sahith Kaki is the newest Eagle Scout from Merrimack Troop 424 and will formally receive his rank at his Eagle Court of Honor in 2018.

The Eagle Scout rank is Boy Scouts’ highest advancement ranking and boys must meet specific requirements in service, outdoor skills and leadership. In addition, boys must earn at least 21 merit badges, including 13 specifically required to attain Eagle rank. Sahith earned a total of 27 merit badges. Scouts advance through six ranks before they are able to earn the rank of Eagle; Scout, Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class, Star and Life. Each candidate must complete a service project benefiting the community to display the leadership they have learned in the Scouting program.

For his Eagle project, Sahith planned a project at the Hindu Temple of New Hampshire to help with an extension of their second building. Sahith supervised a total of 30 individuals as they painted roughly 2,500 square-feet of new space, installing bookshelves, three shoe racks and a coat rack. The entire project took about 300 hours from inception to finish, with several fundraisers held to assist with purchasing materials and other supplies.

Sahith has held many positions of leadership within the troop, including librarian, patrol leader and as a National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) patrol counselor. He is a member of Order of the Arrow, Scouting’s National Honor Society, as well as a staff member of NYLT at the Griswold Scout Reservation in Gilmanton Ironworks, NH. He has earned all four Nova Awards, which seek to expose scouts to STEM activities, and he is on his way to earn the Dr. Bernard Harris Supernova Award, a very prestigious STEM award in Boy Scouts.

Sahith is currently a junior at Nashua High School South, where he is a member of the National Honor Society, the Spanish National Honor Society, the Rho Kappa National Social Studies Honor Society, the Math National Honor Society and the Science National Honor Society. He has earned the Presidential Gold Service awards two years in a row, and is a state officer for the NH Technology Student Association. In his free time, he enjoys playing tennis and recently earned a second-

degree black belt. Sahith works at Kumon, where he enjoys teaching and mingling with students. He is still deciding where he will attend college and what career path he will pursue.