Prospective Eagle Scout beautifies cemetery

Port Isabel-South Padre Press

“It takes intense leadership,” 17-year-old William Grace said of the requirements to becoming an Eagle Scout.

Well, if an example of leadership is what it takes, then the young Grace has that in spades. The soon-to-be Port Isabel High School senior led approximately 40 people, including 14 Boy Scouts, and “10-15 adults” in a massive undertaking to repair the exterior walls and entrances to Port Isabel Cemetery.

The project included pouring cement to repair broken sections of the wall, repainting the wall and steps leading into the cemetery, and installing a steel arch, complete with support pillars, at the main entrance.

Every Boy Scout who hopes to become an Eagle Scout is required to complete a community service project. Grace first approached the City Commission this spring, seeking permission to pursue the project. City leadership was so impressed with his plans that several commissioners donated $100 each to help fund the efforts.

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