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June 17, 2013

Area twins earn Eagle Scout awards


The twins received congratulations from other federal and state lawmakers, including correspondence from the nation’s five living presidents — Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and President Barack Obama.

The day joined Father’s Day in 1990, when he found out his wife, Cindy, was expecting their daughter, Stefanie, as the best Father’s Days in his life, Cornnell said. He said the boys were adopted when they were 2 years old.

Cindy Cornnell said the day was special because, as a mother, she has watched the boys grow and juggle scouting with school and sports activities. 

“They worked so hard over the years,” she said. 

The twins said they were proud of the accomplishments and pleased to follow in their father’s scouting footsteps. 

“We always had a good time as we made our ways through Scouting,” Jordan said after accepting the awards. Dante said their father was a role model and supporter.

“He always believed we could achieve this,’’ Dante said. 

Jordan said for his Eagle Scout project, he arranged the cleaning of more than 200 gravestones of veterans and firefighters so that visitors to the Edmeston Union Cemetery could read the markers.

Dante said his project was to make benches and signs for Burlington Green Cemetery and to scrape and repaint its storage shed. 

Robert Cornnell said his Eagle Scout project was to collect glass bottles for recycling. Since this was before bottle deposits, the glass was hauled to a scrap handler, money raised was donated to the public library, he said.

Cornnell said having earning an Eagle Scout rank shows an ability to complete a project and to “go an extra mile.” The ranking opens doors at college and job interviews and to other opportunities, he said. 

At the conclusion of the ceremony, Syke reminded the boys to strive for “the noblest in life.”

“The eagle soars high,” he said, “and seeks only to rest on the lofty peaks.”

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