Eagle Scouting: Buckhorn District
On March 1, the Buckhorn District honored scouts at their annual Eagle Scout Banquet. The banquet showcased all scouts who earned the rank of Eagle Scout during 2002 and also awarded three special recognitions.
The banquet began at 6:30 p.m. with a welcome by Robert Blackburn and the flag ceremony by the Huntington Stake Eagle Scouts. A trumpet duet of "The Star Spangled Banner" was then performed by Jacob Powell and Bruce Clement. Kameron Tracy Addley offered an invocation and blessing upon the food. The dinner was catered by the De'Ja'Vu restaurant of Huntington.
While guests were finishing dessert, the special guest speaker was introduced. Larry Echohawk, a lawyer and former attorney general of Idaho, spoke to the young men and their parents about the importance of character and values in life. He told them many stories of how the skills and values taught in scouting have helped him in his life and encouraged the young men to learn all that they could so that one day they could have the "power to change" things in their life and in the lives of others for the better. After Professor Echohawk was done speaking, the special recognitions were awarded. First, Thomas Wakefield received a lifetime scouting award. He has been an eagle scout since 1945. He was unable to attend the ceremony, so his brother, Wells Wakefield, accepted the award for Thomas. The other two recognitions were to organizations that had significantly contributed to providing projects for the scouts. The recipients were: Cleveland City and the US Forest Service, John Healy accepted the award.
Danna Gray and Robert Blackburn then presented the eagle scouts. They were awarded with a nice plaque that could either stand or be a wall hanging, and an American flag. The flags were presented by the Elks BPOE 1550, Dan Johnson and Joe Lopez. The honorees were: Kameron Tracy Addley, Logan George DeBry, Jeffrey Delyle Larsen, Garrett Lyle DeBry, Thomas M. Humphrey and Kesler W. Tanner of troop 305; Kendall Reid Bird, Keaton Wynn Cowley, and Kirk Rodney Player of troop 302; Jex Quinton Jensen, Bruce Malcolm Clement and Newt MaCade Jensen of troop 301; Dal Dee Guymon, Scott Andrew Sitterud, Craig Drew Guymon, and Joshua Axel Luke of troop 903; James Bowie Jeffs and Curtis Doug Jensen of troop 328; Bryant Bruce McMullin and Jacob Ammon Powell of troop 385; Garrett Swenson of troop 300; Eric Frank Spears of troop 306; Travis George Barnett of troop 315; and Benjamin J. Roundy of troop 395.
After gathering for photos, the benediction was offered by Dal Dee Guymon.