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Boy Scouts of America honors Eagle Scouts

Feb. 05, 2014 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Fifty-one young men in the Tri-State are officially Eagle Scouts following a ceremony Tuesday evening at the Pullman Plaza Hotel.

The Tri-State Area Council of Boy Scouts for America hosted its annual Eagle Scout and Volunteer Recognition Dinner that honored the 2013 Eagle Class as well as the recipients of the North Star Award and the Silver Beaver Award.

The Eagle Class was named for Terry McKinnis, the Scout Master for Troop 200, based in Gallipolis, Ohio. McKinnis has been involved in Boys Scouts of America since 1969. He said becoming an Eagle Scout is a major accomplishment.

"Three percent of Scouts ever reach this level," he said. "For them to receive acknowledgment that they completed something they started is a huge boost in their confidence and something they truly should be proud of."

For 16-year-old Anthony Sipple, of Gallipolis, Ohio, becoming an Eagle Scout was a nearly decade-long process.

He topped it off with a two-month project to refurbish an outdoor recreational center at the Rodney Church of Light in Gallia County, Ohio.

"I chose it just because I wanted to help out my aunt's church," he said, adding that the project taught him "leadership, working skills and people skills."

His dad, John Sipple, said he couldn't be more proud of his son.

"I'm very proud of him. He did a lot of hard work for it," he said.

In additional to the Eagle Class, the Tri-State Area Council also honored Juli Wamsley, Ric Zima and Mark Freeman with the Silver Beaver Award, the highest and most prestigious honor awarded to a volunteer.

Furthermore, Nuuanu Y. Ricks was presented with the North Star Award, which recognizes non-Scouters for significant contributions. Ricks was recognized for her clerical work as well as her involvement in assisting with various Scout activities.

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