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Adena District hosts annual Eagle Scout and volunteer recognition dinner

February 19, 2019 GMT

HUNTINGTON — The Eagles have landed. They have camped, cooked, hiked, biked, swam, backpacked, served and saluted their way to success and have earned the highest rank in Boy Scouts: Eagle.

The Buckskin Council’s Adena District of the Boy Scouts of America conducted its annual Eagle Scout and Volunteer Recognition Dinner on Feb. 7 at the American Legion Post 16 ballroom in Huntington. In a ceremony emceed by area Scoutmaster Stephen Stacks, who also chairs the District Committee, dozens of friends and family members honored the Adena District’s 2018 class of Eagle Scouts, including a contingent of veterans from the American Legion as well as the Marine Corps League.

The Adena District’s 2018 Class of Eagle Scouts were: Ian Z. Hoopers of Troop 62, Benjamin Maxwell McGinnis of Troop 20, Wyatt C. Tessier of Troop 350; Timothy J. Lavender of Troop 21, Joseph G. Snyder of Troop 50, Chad A. Bowen of Troop 63, Kellen M. Tabor of Troop 168, Jon M. Salmons of Troop 6400, Bradley D. Grueser of Troop 350, James B. Conley of Troop 1100, Seth R. Borstein of Troop 20, Campbell H. Gibbs of Troop 12, Nathaniel F. Carter of Troop 82, Joshua T. Biser of

Troop 96, Maxmilian K. Roa and Joseph Roa, of Troop 163, and Gabriel C. Adams of Troop 163.

Veteran scout leader Chris Porter serves as the chairman of Adena’s Eagle Scout Board of Review.

Eagle Scout is the highest achievement or rank attainable in the Boy Scouting program of the Boy Scouts of America. The designation “Eagle Scout” was founded more than 100 years ago.

Only four percent of Boy Scouts are granted this rank after a lengthy review process. Scouts must have risen through the ranks over a number of years. To reach Eagle, scouts must have completed 21 merit badges with 13 of those required including camping, citizenship in the community, citizenship in the nation, citizenship in the world, communications, cooking, emergency preparedness or life saving, environmental science or sustainability, family life, first aid, personal fitness, personal management, and swimming, hiking or cycling. They also must complete a service project that benefits their community.

At the district banquet, District Executive Carl Sullivan shared the good news that the district won the council’s “Journey To Excellence Award.”

Veteran adult scout leader (Troop and Venturing Crew 762) Ed Dzierzak, who is the chair of the District Advancement and Recognition Committee, announced the winners of the adult volunteer awards:

• The 2018 Buckskin Council Silver Beaver Award Recipient was Ben McGinnis.

• Cubmaster of the Year Awards went to Debra Cessna of Pack 36 and Matt Irby of Pack 25

• Scoutmaster of the Year was Roy Dillon of Troop 1100.

• Boy Scouter of the Year was Mike Knight of Troop 168.

• The Award of Merit recipients were David Lavender of Troop 21 and Mike Lowry of Troop 62.

• Eagle Sponsors for the dinner were: Morris Edmunds, Ric Zima, Charles Dundas, Ed Dzierzak, Deb Stivers Dzierzak, Scott Gibbs, Carl Sullivan and Chris Porter.

“We wish to express our appreciation to the American Legion Huntington Post 16 family for allowing us to use their hall for this evening’s presentation,” said Adena District Executive Carl Sullivan. “Thank you also for your continued support of our Eagle Scouts. We also wish to express our appreciation of the Marine Corps League for their continued encouragement of our Eagle Scouts.”

Visit www.buckskin.org for more information on the Buckskin Council and upcoming activities in the Adena District, which features a number of summer camps and events.