ELMIRA - The Five Rivers Council Eagle Scout Recognition Banquet was held recently at the Riverside Holiday Inn.
The dinner not only recognized the 53 Boy Scouts who achieved the rank of Eagle Scout between May 10, 2017 and May 5, 2018 - it also honored the recipient of the Outstanding Eagle Project Award for 2017.
Event Chairman Gary Neiley welcomed the new Eagle Scouts as well as their family and friends in attendance.
Neiley stated that membership in the Five Rivers Council included more than 700 scouts, along with more than 1,000 cubs. He added that there were also more than 900 adult scouters, plus more than 400 merit badge councelors.
Eagle Scout recipients honored included:
From the Williamson Road District, James Beckman, Michael Clark, Noah Colton, Jarrod Davis, Mark Eaton, Derek Gauss, Jackson Greene, Jacob Hough, Jacob Johnson, William Kopf, Collin Merkle, William Meyer, Hunter Quick, Nicholas Reif, Joseph Speicher, Bradley Sweet, Ryan Trice and Nicholas Tripeny.
From the Indian Waters District, Garrett Allen, Jared Anderson, Jonathan Andrews, Alex Aumick, Benjamin Butler, Jack Christiansen, Dakota Cole, Joshua Cutler, Hunter Grantier, Ryan MacDougall, Christopher Rocchi, Benjamin Sullivan and Joshua Tolpa.
From the Thunderbird District, Nathan Adams, Griffin Bates, Justin Bennett, Michael Bradley, Jacob Ermer, Mitchell Heard, Calen Holmes, Jacob Jensen, Marcus Tingley and Ethan Williamson.
From the Andaste District, Nathan Aquillo, Travis Bahl, Brandon Brown, Cody Chandler, Spencer DeKay, Drew Girven, Jacob Hamm, John Johnson, Tobi Kinsman, Zachary Smith, Connor Tappan-Roney and Samuel Van Dermark.
Silas Cochran, from Troop 19 in Alfred, was awarded the 2017 Outstanding Eagle Project Award.
Cochran's project was to provide fire numbers to the properites in Alfred. Each property would receive a green fiberglass post with white reflective numbering which could be easily spotted by police, fire or ambulance personnel.
Cochran fund-raised by going door-to-door, as well as soliciting area businesses and community organizations. He got one business to donate supplies for the reflective numbers, as well as more than $8,500 to complete the project.
One injured homeowner put the new sign to good use just one day after receiving it, it was reported.
Elmira City School District Superintendent Hillary Austin was the Keynote Speaker. Austin spoke about making the most out of each day and provided each Eagle Scout with a tool to make them appreciate every second of the day.