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June 17, 2013

Area twins earn Eagle Scout awards

Father’s Day was at least doubly special for Assistant Scoutmaster Robert Cornnell of Edmeston.

Cornnell, who became an Eagle Scout in 1977, saw his identical twin sons, Jordan and Dante, receive the Eagle rank on Sunday, about 10 years after the boys started in his pack as Tiger Scouts.

“We waited a long time for this day,” the senior Cornnell said at the convening of the Eagle Scout Court of Honor for Edmeston Troop 9.

About 55 Scouts, scouting leaders, relatives, friends and others were at the United Methodist Church in Edmeston for the 2 p.m. awards ceremony.

“Jordan and Dante have distinguished themselves,” Assistant Scoutmaster Rick Syke in welcoming guests. “This is an occasion for pride and joy.”

Syke and other Troop 9 senior patrol members reminded the boys of the significance of the Eagle Scout badge and its responsibilities of honesty, loyalty, courageousness and cheerfulness in not only continuing the tradition of a daily good deed but also being always prepared to put forth best efforts.

Troop 9 is part of the Otschodela Council of the Boy Scouts of America in Otsego, Schoharie and Delaware counties. The Eagle Scout rank involves organizing a community-based project and reflects the highest ranking in Boy Scouts of America. Almost 60,000 Scouts earned the Eagle rank in 2012, according to the National Eagle Scout Association.

In the church sancturary Sunday, the 15-year-old twins stood tall and held their hands high when reciting the Boy Scout Oath in reaffirmation. Their grandfather, Allen Cornnell of Marcy, participated in formally charging the twins with further duties as an Eagle Scout to dedicate their hearts, hands and abilities to “the common good.” 

Both Cindy and Robert Cornnell, the boys’ parents, wiped away tears at times during the ceremony, which lasted almost an hour. The boys were recognized with pins, citations, certificates and words of praise. They also received U.S. flags that had flown over the U.S. Capitol on May 20, courtesy of Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand. 

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