By Jim Shilander
Mariners 936, a sea scout program based in Dana Point, celebrated youth of the community and its season of sailing at the annual Bridge of Honor event on Wednesday, May 28 at the Ocean Institute.
Founded 30 years ago by Jim Wehan, the current skipper of the Spirit of Dana Point, Mariners and Mariners Junior are programs designed to get area youth out on the water. Each year, participants and program volunteers gather to celebrate their season and honor one of their own with a scholarship.
One graduating Mariner is annually awarded a college scholarship by the Cvengros family. The honor is in memory of their son, Christopher William Cvengros, who died in 1996. He was an active, dedicated member of the sea scouts and his death shocked and saddened the close-knit community.
Every year, this scholarship is awarded to the Mariner believed to embody a great work ethic, both at school and sea scouts, who demonstrates the love of others through community service and has a keen concern for safety at sea.
This year’s scholarship recipient is quartermaster, boatswain and San Clemente High School senior Josh Johnson. He has been involved in scouting programs for 12 years and is an American Red Cross instructor in lifeguarding and first aid. Johnson has been accepted at the California Maritime Academy, where he plans to major in marine transportation.
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