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Four area students earn rank of Eagle Scout

on July 13, 2013 10:49 AM

Four area Scouts earned the honor of Eagle Scout last year. They are:

• Matthew E. Scott, who began his Scouting career as a Tiger Cub when he was in first grade with Pack 3 of Commodore. During his Cub Scout year, he learned the values of Scouting and the importance of “Do a Good Turn Daily.”

He participated in many community service projects with Pack 3 as well as mission projects with his church. He earned two religious emblems with the P.R.A.Y. organization and his Arrow of Light, the Cub Scouts’ highest award.

As a Boy Scout with Troop 115, he earned the remaining two religious emblems completing the God and Me Program with the P.R.A.Y. Organization.

He continues to do community service projects through Scouting, his school and also mission projects with his church. Matthew has earned the rank of Scout, Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class, Star, Life and the highest rank in Scouting, Eagle Scout. He has held the position of librarian, chaplain aide and assistant patrol leader. He currently holds the position of junior assistant Scoutmaster with Troup 114. Matthew has earned a total of 51 merit badges and one Eagle Palm. He has also been awarded various citations from local government officials and the American Legion’s Good Citizen Award.

Matthew has also earned his Brotherhood with the Nachamawat Lodge in the Order of the Arrow. The lodge is under new order and is now known as Allohal Menewi Lodge.

Matthew’s Eagle project consisted of constructing two dugouts located at the Dixonville ballpark. Matthew passed his Eagle Scout Board of Review on Oct. 3, 2012, earning him the rank of Eagle Scout.

Matthew is the son of Eugene T. and Joy L. Scott, of Commodore. He attended Calvary Baptist Academy and graduated this year.

He is currently working for Gene Scott Construction and in the fall plans to attend conductor school to become a train engineer.

• Robert Shane Patrick, son of Robert and Denise Patrick, of Commodore, achieved the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest rank in Boy Scouts of America, on Oct. 3, 2012.

Shane began his Scouting career in first grade with Cub Scout Pack 3 of Commodore, where he earned the highest honor and was awarded the Arrow of Light. Shane then furthered his Scouting career by becoming a member of Boy Scout Troop 115. Shane not only earned each Scouting rank, he was also presented with the American Legion’s Good Citizen Award and His Religious Ward Ad Altara Dei Shane earned a total of 44 merit badges.

For Shane’s Eagle project, he decided to assist his alma mater, Purchase Line High School. He cleared an area at the Barry P. Madill Athletic Field and constructed two picnic tables for spectators to use. Shane worked closely with Principal James Price, maintenance supervisor Carl Jones, and Gene Scott, his project mentor and fellow Purchase Line alumnus, class of 1978.

While attending Purchase Line, Shane participated in junior varsity football, varsity football, weightlifting, track and field, Varsity Club, Iron Club, marching band, in various musicals and was a member of the stage crew.

Shane graduated on June 11, 2013. He will further his education by attending Greater Johnstown Career and Technology Center, studying to become a heavy duty equipment operator.

• Brett Lomman has been hooked on Scouting since the moment the Scout recruiters came into his first-grade classroom and told him about all the fun things he would be able to do.

He has worked very hard over the years to advance through the Cub Scout program and earn the Arrow of Light award and also his God and Me Religious Emblem. After joining the Boy Scout troop in 2006, he also earned his God and Country Religious emblem. He has held many leadership positions within the troop, including scribe, assistant senior patrol leader, patrol leader, assistant patrol leader, OA representative and troop guide, and has currently re-registered with the troop as a junior assistant Scoutmaster. Through the Scouting program, Brett has developed a love of camping and the outdoors.

He has also learned the importance of community service. Brett was awarded his Eagle Scout rank on Nov. 28, 2012.

Brett’s Eagle Scout service project was to restore Little Zion Cemetery in Covode by resetting and repairing broken headstones and filling in sunken gravesites. He also installed a set of steps, several benches, a flagpole and a stone sign with the name of the cemetery. In addition, he restored the site of the former Zion Evangelical Church.

This involved removing trees and brush around the foundation and backfilling and reseeding. This project required multiple hours to complete and would not have been possible without the help of his fellow Scout leaders, Scouts, family, friends and community members.

Brett will be a senior at Purchase Line High School in the fall.

He will further his education at Marietta College, in Marietta, Ohio, where he will major in petroleum engineering.

Brett is the son of Ken and Lori Lomman, of Cookport.

• John Stibrik earned his Eagle rank on March 21, 2012.

His Scouting career began as a Wolf Cub with Commodore Pack 3. While a Cub Scout, John earned his Arrow of Light.

John furthered his Scouting career by becoming a member of Boy Scout Troop 115. John has earned the rank of Scout, Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class, Star, Life and Eagle.

He has held the positions of assistant patrol leader, patrol leader, quartermaster, chaplain aide and troop representative for Order of the Arrow. John has also earned his Religious Award Ad Altara Dei, and various citations from local government officials. John has earned a total of 40 merit badges and to date has earned two Eagle Palms.

John chose to landscape and construct two new flower beds, and clean the existing flower beds in front of the Church of the Resurrection in Glen Campbell.

John currently works on his family farm and attends Purchase Line High School, where he will be a senior in the fall.

He is enrolled in the Vo-Ag program along with welding and mechanics.

After graduating, John would like to attend a technical school for heating, ventilation and air conditioning.

John is the son of John and Joann Stibrik, of Commodore.

In order to earn the rank of Eagle, a Scout must complete several requirements. These included earning the rank of Scout, Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class, Star, Life, and Eagle, active tenure, and Scout spirit; hold a position of leadership within his troop; and earn 21 mandatory merit badges.

While he is a Life Scout, he must also plan, develop and provide leadership to others in a service project that benefits his community, school or religious organization.

After completing his project, the Scout must then complete a workbook and present himself in full dress uniform to the Eagle Board of Review. The Scout will explain his project in detail to the board members.

If the board members deem the candidate has demonstrated and developed leadership skills in project management and responsibility, he will then earn the rank of Eagle Scout.

PHOTO: Pictured, front row, from left, are Scott Mertens, assistant Scoutmaster; John Stibrik, Eagle Scout; Todd White, Scoutmaster; Ken Moyer, committee chairman; and Brett Lomman and Matthew Scott, Eagle Scouts. Back row, Shane Patrick, Eagle Scout; Eugene Scott, assistant Scoutmaster; John Uccellini, Chestnut Ridge advancement chairman; Mark Butz, assistant Scoutmaster; Kirk McCoy, assistant Scoutmaster; Jeff Syster, assist Scoutmaster; and Mark Tiger, assistant Scoutmaster. Joe Price, Eagle Scout, was absent from the photo.  (MIKE WALKER/Gazette)

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