Eagle Scout ceremony held for Smith

| August 18, 2014
Award: James Smith, a member of Boy Scout Troop 412, was awarded his Eagle Scout badge during a ceremony held at Prairie Chapel UMC on Sunday afternoon, Aug. 17. Mary Woodmansee served as master of ceremonies. Pictured with Smith are his parents, Andy and Dee Smith. Beacon photo by Mark Fortune

Award: James Smith, a member of Boy Scout Troop 412, was awarded his Eagle Scout badge during a ceremony held at Prairie Chapel UMC on Sunday afternoon, Aug. 17. Mary Woodmansee served as master of ceremonies. Pictured with Smith are his parents, Andy and Dee Smith. Beacon photo by Mark Fortune

PRAIRIE CHAPEL – James Smith said about the honor of earning his Eagle Scout, “It’s something different because only about a third of scouts get their Eagle. It’s a huge honor and it’s just fun – but it’s a lot of hard work to do it.” Smith’s Eagle Scout project was organizing and leading a project of building six picnic tables for Prairie Chapel UMC. He presented extra funds raised to Pastor Dail Parrish. Smith said, “I enjoyed helping the boys out with what they needed. Not all of them knew what to do so I helped them along with that as the project came along.”

James Aslanides gave comments and presented Smith with an unfinished arrowhead found on his farm, telling Smith, “You can see where it has been worked but it is not complete. And that is to show you that although you have reached this high honor, your trek through life is not complete.”

Pastor Dale Parrish said in his comments, “One of James talents is interacting with others around him. You’ve got a gift James that says you’re an open person, you’re one who wants to share, you’re one who wants to be a part of what’s going on around you and add to it and you do that. I’ve only known James for two years, but it seems like he’s grown up 10 years in that time. You’re a wonderful young man James.”

The Eagle rank is scouting’s highest honor. Mary Woodmansee read a letter of proclamation from Larry Pepper, representing the Warsaw Lions Club, the charter for Boy Scout Troop 412. A proclamation was also read from the Coshocton County Board of Commissioners.

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