Kling

Michael Alexander Kling, the son of David and Kathy Kling, has earned the rank of Eagle Scout, which was presented in Court of Honor ceremonies June 25, at Clayton Valley Presbyterian Church in Concord.

He is a member of Boy Scout Troop 364, under the leadership of Scoutmaster Gene Dodge.

For his Eagle Scout community service project, Kling planned and organized the construction of three portable 3x5-foot shelving units to be used by the children's Godly Play Program at the Clayton Valley Presbyterian Church.

During his Scouting career, Kling earned 39 merit badges, was a member in the Order of the Arrow, Scouting's honor society; received the Alpha-Omega Eastern Orthodox Religious Emblem, and was a volunteer at Camp Wolfeboro.

Kling, 18, graduated from Concord High School in 2013, and is attending Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill.

Torbett

Matthew Douglas Torbett, the son of Kevin and Teresa Torbett, has earned the rank of Eagle Scout, which was presented in Court of Honor ceremonies Jan. 4, at King's Valley Christian School in Concord.

He is a member of Boy Scout Troop 317, under the leadership of Scoutmaster Ben Soleimanieh.

For his Eagle Scout community service project, Torbett led a team constructing 10 nesting boxes for the American kestrel, the smallest raptor in North America. Seven boxes were donated to the educational program for Native Bird Connections of Martinez, and three were installed at Eagle Peak Montessori School in Walnut Creek to help control ground squirrel populations using natural predators to maintain a pesticide-free campus.


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During his Scouting career, Torbett earned 36 merit badges, the B.S.A., snorkeling, kayaking and historic trails awards, and earned the Arrow of Light. He attended summer camps, including Wolfeboro, Chawanakee, Marin Sierra, Fleischmann, Cherry Valley and John Mensinger; completed 75 nights of camping, 50- and 30-mile backpacking trips, and attended many Muir District Camporees as well as the Nor-Cal Centennial Jamboree.

He was an Ordeal Member of the Ut-In-Selica Lodge, Wek-Wek Apanuc, of the Order of the Arrow, the Scouting national honor society. He also held positions of patrol leader, bugler and librarian.

Torbett, 18, is a senior at Northgate High School, and a resident of Walnut Creek.