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Three brothers, three Eagles

Marana's Susa brothers earn Scouting's highest honor

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Posted: Wednesday, December 1, 2010 12:00 am | Updated: 8:11 am, Thu Mar 24, 2011.

Three Marana brothers have achieved the highest rank in Boy Scouts, that of Eagle.

Matt, Mike and Jonathan Susa were recognized at an Eagle Court of Honor Nov. 19 at the LDS Church on West Magee in Marana. They are members of Troop 259.

Matt Susa, 18, a 2010 graduate of MHS, is studying physiology at the University of Arizona.

He completed his Eagle because “I wanted to finish what I started, and get the highest level I could.”

Matt’s project was a water demonstration garden at the Marana Operations Center on Ina Road. He planted “about 200 different plants” in February, to learn “which ones would do well in the desert.”

When Matt finished, his brothers decided it was time for similar achievement.

“Competition was a little bit of it,” Matt said. “Mine was more age-motivated, because you have to do it before you’re 18. I turned 18 in mid-March. My brothers said ‘he did it, so let’s do it.’”

When Matt finished his project in February, “I decided it was time for me,” Jonathan said.

“My brother getting his definitely inspired me,” said Jonathan, a 15-year-old freshman at Marana High School. “All the leadership he showed, and all the process he had to go through. I learned a lot from it.”

Jonathan planted 30 trees at Marana’s Ora Mae Harn Park last April 30 and May 1.

Michael, a 17-year-old junior at MHS, installed five benches, an historical sign and trail markers along the De Anza Trail as it goes through Marana’s Crossroads at Silverbell Park. He also did clean-up along more than a mile of the trail.

“I didn’t want to be left out the group,” Michael said. “I felt like I accomplished something.”

Each brother helped the others. All three want to continue with Scouting at some level.

Their parents, Vicki and James Susa, “helped me along the way,” Michael said. “They didn’t force me to get my Eagle, they just helped.”

The Court of Honor was “great,” Matt said. “It means all three of us, together.”

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