BR teen’s service project receives National Eagle Scout recognition _lowres

Photo provided by Desha Martin -- Present at the Louisiana State Capitol on June 10 where Robert William Desha Martin and Dane ‘Isaac’ Holbrook were recognized for receiving the National Eagle Scout Association Glenn A. and Melinda W. Adams National Eagle Scout Service Project of the Year Award are, from left, Istrouma Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America representatives Tyrone Black, Gary Mertz and Ronnie Stephens; Boy Scouts Holbrook and Martin; and State Reps. Steve Carter, Franklin Foil and Blake Miguez.

Robert William Desha Martin, 16, of Baton Rouge, was recognized by state Rep. Darrell Ourso at the State Capitol on June 10 for receiving the National Eagle Scout Association’s Glenn A. and Melinda W. Adams National Eagle Scout Service Project of the Year Award.

The award recognizes service of an exceptional nature by a Scout to a religious institution, school, community or other entity, a news release said.

House Resolution 160 of the 2015 regular session of the Legislature, sponsored by Reps. Steve Carter, Frankin Foil, H. Bernard LeBas, Blake Miguez and Ourso, was read during the House proceedings on June 10. In attendance from the Istrouma Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America for the reading were Gary Mertz, Scout executive; Tyrone Black, director of Field Service; and Ronnie Stephens, NESA Relations Committee chairman.

Martin’s project, “Touch & See,” was originally a project to raise funds to install a bronze Braille American flag at the War Veterans Home in Jackson. The fundraiser was so successful that Martin was able to place bronze Braille American flags at all five War Veterans Homes in the state.

Martin is a member of Boy Scout Troop 7 sponsored by St. Aloysius Catholic Church in Baton Rouge. His service project was selected to represent the Istrouma Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

Martin is the son of Dean and Desha Martin and will be a junior at Catholic High School this fall.

Dane “Isaac” Holbrook, of Mandeville, also was honored during the ceremony for earning the award.