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Five local youths receive Eagle Scout award

4/11/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Recently receiving Eagle Scout awards were, shown from left: Ethan Davis, Jared Davis, Jacob Davis, Nathan Stark and Jordan Coburn.
Photo courtesy of Susan Hunter
BATH — Five young men from the Akron area received their Eagle Scout Award, Boy Scouting’s highest honor, in a ceremony Feb. 27 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The boys are members of the Venture Crew 2060, sponsored by the church.

Ethan Davis, Jared Davis, Jacob Davis and Nathan Stark all attend Copley High School (CHS), and a fifth Scout, Jordan Coburn, attends Revere High School.

Ethan, 14, has been involved in the Scouting program since he was 8. For his Eagle leadership project, he completed a landscaping project that included brush clearing and planting trees at Arrowhead Primary School in Copley. Ethan is an honors student and a member of the CHS Band. He is the son of Randall and Angela Davis.

Jared, 14, and his brother, Jacob, 15, are the sons of Michael and Giselle Davis. Jared’s leadership project was installing railroad tie flowerbeds at the Copley Health Center, which required more than 160 hours of volunteer service. Jared enjoys soccer, track and basketball, and he is a member of the CHS Student Council and Key Club. Jacob also has been involved in Scouting since he was 8 and is a member of the CHS French Club, Key Club and track and bowling teams. For his Eagle Project, Jacob constructed benches for Copley-Fairlawn Middle School and completed 130 hours of volunteer service.

Nathan, 15, also from Copley, enjoys running, music, computers and computer programming. For his leadership project, Nathan built garden beds, planted flowers and placed mulch for the Copley Health Center. His project involved several volunteers and totaled more than 200 hours of volunteer time. Nathan is the son of Paul and Veronique Stark.

Jordan, 18, is a senior at Revere High School. Jordan is a member of the Ecology Club, Ski Club and Revere High School swim team. For his Eagle project, Jordan built birdhouses and bird feeders and placed them at the Copley Health Center. After high school, Jordan will attend Brigham Young University and major in biology. He is the son of Quinn and Denna Coburn, of Richfield.

The Eagle Scout Award is given to approximately 5 percent of all Boy Scouts, who must complete a minimum of 21 merit badges and then direct an Eagle leadership project focused on community service, according to Susan Hunter, Akron area director of public affairs for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

“The greatest thing that Scouting taught me was how to be social and work with other people,” said Nathan. “I learned how to interact with others.”

Jared added, “Scouting taught me about leadership. Because of my leaders, I knew how to plan a project, and then people were there willing to help.”

‘This is a great accomplishment for these young men,” said Todd Randall, president of the Young Men’s group of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Akron. “They put forth the effort and surpassed the requirements for the Eagle award. They are examples for the rest of the troop with their dedication and persistence. They are not just good leaders, but good followers as they helped their fellow Scouts. It has been a real honor for me getting to know and work with each of these young men in Scouting.”

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