TORRANCE — Ted Akiyama, son of Bill and Terri Akiyama, was recently awarded the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest award a Boy Scout may earn.
He is a junior at South High School in Torrance and is a member of the California Scholarship Federation (CSF), South High Math Team, Taiwanese Chinese Student Association, Kiwanis service club, and Torbots FIRST Robotics team. He is also a member of both the track team and the cross-country team, for which he received the coaches’ “Most Inspirational” award last season.
Akiyama began his scouting career in 2004 when he joined Cub Scout Pack 586 as a Bear Cub. After completing his Arrow of Light requirements in 2007, he bridged into Boy Scout Troop 966.
Over the years, Akiyama has participated in a wide variety of outdoor activities, including many backpacking and car camping trips, rock-climbing outings, a 50-mile bike ride, a 50-mile canoe trip, and a 20-mile day hike around the Palos Verdes Peninsula.
In addition, he logged over 200 hours of community service with his fellow scouts, helping out on hiking trail renovation projects within the Angeles National Forest and on numerous facility improvement projects for the Torrance Unified School District.
Akiyama’s Eagle service project took place at the Riviera Little League baseball fields. It included demolition of existing overhead storage units in each of the four dugouts, and redesign, construction, and installation of safer floor-mounted units. In addition, the project included refurbishing of each of the four bleacher stands adjacent to the baseball diamonds.
Akiyama and his parents would like to thank all current and prior leaders and scouts of Troop 966 for their time and support, and for making his time with the scouts both enjoy able and meaningful. He plans to continue participating in troop activities through his final year in high school.