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Conellsville Eagle Scout, former Steeler motivate young Scouts

| Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
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Nicholas Jacobyansky (left) spoke at the 2013 South Dinner for the Boy Scouts of America Westmoreland-Fayette Council along with retired Pittsburgh Steeler Chris Hoke.

Eagle Scout Nicholas Jacobyansky of Connellsville was a speaker at the 2013 South Dinner for the Boy Scouts of America Westmoreland-Fayette Council held at Horizon Point at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, along with featured speaker, former Pittsburgh Steeler Chris Hoke, also an Eagle Scout.

Jacobyansky is among an elite fraternity of about 5 percent of Scouts who attain the Eagle award, the highest advancement rank in Boy Scouting. At 15, he is two years younger than the national average age of Eagle Scouts. His project was constructing — with a team of volunteers whom he led — a shingled pavilion and picnic table at Austin Field Park. He even spearheaded an aluminum can drive to pay for building materials. His efforts resulted in a popular addition to the park.

Jacobyansky, who has expressed a desire to motivate younger Scouts to earn their Eagle award, got an opportunity to address the dinner guests.

“I was honored to be able to speak about my Scouting experience. I enjoyed the opportunity to meet Chris Hoke and talk with him about his professional football career, family and how being a fellow Eagle Scout has made a difference in his life,” he said.

Jacobyansky's status as a high achiever in his high school years is a trait that the Scout shares with the retired National Football League defensive lineman who spent his 11-year professional career on the roster of the Steelers.

Hoke became a three-time All-League honoree, a two-time All-CIF honoree, and a two-time All-County honoree for his high school football team, where he was also a three-time League Champion and three-time CIF Meet participant in track and field.

Having just completed a collegiate career at Brigham Young University, Hoke was signed by the Steelers as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2001 NFL Draft. The defenseman emerged as a reliable contributor and fierce competitor after substituting for starting nose tackle Casey Hampton in 2004. In that season, Hoke registered a career-high 27 tackles and one sack.

In 2006, he was a member of the Steelers' victorious Super Bowl XL team, recording a tackle. He also won a championship ring with the Steelers in Super Bowl XLIII in 2009. The Steelers would amass a .944 winning percentage in regular season games in which Hoke started. He announced his retirement in January 2012.

Jacobyansky is a son of Frank and Nancy Jacobyansky.

Nancy Henry is a contributing writer.

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