Ryan Olliges, of Lake Stevens’ Boy Scout Troop 41.
This year marks the centennial anniversary of the Eagle Scout Award, the highest rank a member of the Boy Scouts of America can achieve. Only one out of a hundred Scouts make the Eagle rank. The values instilled through the program that must be exhibited by the scout earning the Eagle Scout Award are as much applicable now as they have been throughout the past 100 years.
Ryan Olliges, of the Lake Stevens’ Boy Scout Troop 41, has earned the rank of Eagle Scout.
His Eagle Scout Project was the construction of the 1,200 square foot rain garden at the Lake Stevens City Shop at 2306 131st Avenue NE in Lake Stevens.
Olliges worked with the City of Lake Stevens and Snohomish Conservation District on the rain garden, which was constructed with a $28,000 budget funded by donations and Department of Ecology grant money combined with more than 189 man hours from community and Snohomish Conservation District volunteers.
The rain garden collects storm water runoff from the roof of the city shop and the road adjacent to it, effectively removing pollutants from the water and allowing it to soak into the ground instead of flowing into nearby Catherine Creek.
Olliges is one of many Eagle Scouts in the Olliges family joining his father Paul Olliges and uncles Michael and Doug Olliges. His Eagle Scout Court of Honor was held August 4, 2012 at the Lake Stevens Grange. He will be attending the University of Southern California (USC) in the fall where he has been accepted into the Viterbi School of Engineering in their aerospace program. He plans to apply what he has learned in scouting to his future career and give back to the organization in the future.