Out & About: New Eagle Scouts honored, challenged at dinner
The Boy Scouts of America mission is to help young men (and now young women) develop self-confidence, a sense of ethics and academic, leadership and citizenship skills to carry into adulthood.
Some attendees at the Westmoreland-Fayette Council’s 61st Eagle Scout Recognition Dinner, held May 16 at Stratigos Banquet Centre in North Huntingdon, added making lasting friendships to the list.
Honoree Clayton Anderson, 16, of Hempfield said he’s been with the same tight-knit group of friends since he joined Cub Scouts.
“Many of them I wouldn’t have known if it hadn’t been for Scouts,” said Anderson, who is a member of Troop 480 based at The Church of St. Paul in Carbon.
Special guest John Bertoty, an educator and administrator in the McKeesport School District, said he’s been involved in Scouting in various capacities for at least 30 years.
“The best thing has been meeting the most wonderful people in the world,” he said.
In all, 93 Scouts who achieved Eagle rank in 2018 were recognized at dinner. The path to the award is rigorous, with candidates progressing through the Scout ranks, earning at least 21 merit badges, serving in a position of leadership, planning and executing an Eagle Scout service project and completing a board of review. More Eagles sat on the dais, including emcee David Delisi, keynote speaker Father Daniel Ulishney and Class of 2018 Eagle speaker Jacob Spagnolli of Troop 251 of Larimer.
Father Matthew Morelli gave the invocation, Francis Stillman presented Eagle scholarships and Scout Executive Martin Barbie issued the Eagle Scout challenge: to live with honor, loyalty and courage; to be cheerful; and to serve others.
Shirley McMarlin is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Shirley at 724-836-5750, [email protected] or via Twitter .