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[KHTS] – An SCVi Charter School student and Santa Clarita Boy Scout is making history and preserving it at the same time.

Evan Decker, who at 17 is also the assistant executive director of the Santa Clarita Valley Historical Society, is being named Los Angeles County Youth Volunteer of the Year for his work on historic projects, such as St. Francis Dam and the Hart Park property.

The SCVi senior is the only youth to ever be nominated by William S. Hart Mansion officials for the countywide award, said Tina Decker, Evan Decker’s mom.

“I’m very humbled. I started volunteering in the eighth grade,” Evan Decker said. “All of these buildings are a part of our history and need to be persevered in such a way that future generations can enjoy them.”

Evan Decker has a lengthy list of projects he has worked on to preserve historic locations in the Santa Clarita Valley — from working on the St. Francis Dam Disaster National Memorial Act to restoring historic homes in the William S. Hart Park Heritage Junction, the William S. Hart Mansion and Mentryville.

Decker (on staircase) at the Hart Mansion.

Decker (on staircase) at the Hart Mansion.

“I’m excited for him. He has a huge dedication for both the Historical Society and the Hart museum. He loves our city’s history and has been volunteering at both for several years now,” Tina Decker said. “He will be 18 years old in May. He has been volunteering with the museum since he was 16 and he’s been volunteering with the Historical Society since he was 14.”

Evan Decker is expected to graduate from SCVi in May, plans to continue his education at College of the Canyons and study museum collections and museum curating, Tina Decker said.

“He’s excited to go out and start pursuing his passions,” she said. “I know he’ll still be volunteering at both the museum and the historical society.”

Evan Decker’s latest project is part of his Eagle Project for Boy Scouts.

“My Eagle (Scout) project is working on the old Newhall Ranch House that used to be on the left side of Magic Mountain,” Evan Decker said. “I’m rebuilding the front stairs and making it match the building.”

“We at SCVi & iLEAD Charter Schools are incredibly proud of Evan Decker’s accomplishment and congratulate.  He is a dedicated and passionate young man.  We are grateful that our schools have been able to help him find his passion through some of our programs,” said Amber Raskin, Founder & Co-Executive Director, SCVi & iLEAD Charter Schools. “He began volunteering in 8th grade and then really found his calling when he did his personal project in 10th grade to restore Mentryville.  SCVi & iLEAD Charter Schools is dedicated to providing opportunities for students to discover their passion for making the world a better place.”

Tune in to KHTS AM 1220 to listen to Morning Drivetime DJ George Cummings interview Evan Decker at 7:10 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 20.

 

Mentryville ghost town in Pico Canyon, west of Stevenson Ranch.

Mentryville ghost town in Pico Canyon, west of Stevenson Ranch.

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38 Comments

  1. Crystal Leilani Rodriguez Steven Cherry Phoebe Marie Mary Ladisa look it’s Evan lol

  2. Lily Avila Lily Avila says:

    Proud Mom I’m sure!!! Congrats

  3. Lily Avila Lily Avila says:

    Proud Mom I’m sure!!! Congrats

  4. This is so wonderful! Yes! I remember this very talented student! ;)

  5. This is so wonderful! Yes! I remember this very talented student! ;)

  6. Wahoo! That is wonderful! And I knew you before all this fame! LOL

  7. Congratulations that is awesome

  8. Don’t forget us little people.

  9. Congrats Decker! Miss you!<3 Evan Decker

  10. So glad he is being recognized for all his hard work and passion.

  11. Congratulations Decker family :)

  12. Woo hoo! So happy for him, our little Evan all grown up!! What an honor :)

  13. Miss Jayne says:

    Congratulations, Evan! We need more young people like Evan in this world!

  14. Alan Pollack says:

    We at the Historical Society are very proud of our Assistant Executive Director. Evan is headed for great things. Congratulations on a well deserved award!

  15. Congratulations Tina and Decker family!! What a great young man Evan has become!! How proud you all must be!!

  16. Awesome news! So so so proud of Evan…. and for the recognition he is receiving and all his hard work that is so meaningful. xoxo….

  17. Awesome news! So so so proud of Evan…. and for the recognition he is receiving and all his hard work that is so meaningful. xoxo….

  18. Tom Smalley Tom Smalley says:

    Wow! Way to go Evan, that is awesome!

  19. Ryan Young Ryan Young says:

    A great honor for a great guy!

  20. NICE!! Good job dude that is so cool! !

  21. NICE!! Good job dude that is so cool! !

  22. Right on Evan! Glad Jack has you to look up to in his Boy Scout Troop.

  23. Right on Evan! Glad Jack has you to look up to in his Boy Scout Troop.

  24. Geri Brown Geri Brown says:

    So awesome! Congratulations to Evan and his family – what an honor.

  25. Julie Uhrig Julie Uhrig says:

    What a guy! Not surprised at all – Evan has always been one of the good guys! Congratulations!!!

  26. Congrats Evan!!!!!!! Wow, what a great honor!!!! Not surprised you were always a brilliant young man!!

  27. Congratulations, Evan! We are so proud of you! We have seen you working so hard and enjoying it! Keep it up. You’ll go far!

  28. Evan Decker says:

    thank you for all the kind comments. I am so honored to get this award.

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