Seth M. Hornsby and John D. Kneier were presented with Scouting’s highest honor on June 22. The Eagle Court of Honor was held at Punderson Manor. In order to earn the rank of Eagle, both Seth and John had to earn 21 merit badges, complete a service project and hold an active position within the Troop.
Seth belongs to the Lake Erie Council and is the son of Mike and Monique Hornsby of Lone Wolf Transportation, Inc in Welshfield. Seth is a member of Troop 0099 Newbury where his brother, Sebastian, earned the rank in 2018. His Scoutmaster is Mr. Rob Polking. John is with Great Trail Council and is the son of Anne Merinar of Stark County. He is a member of Troop 4262 Garrettsville and his Scoutmaster is Mr. Jeff Van Oss. Both Eagle Scouts attend Riverview Church in Novelty.
The service project Seth chose was to raise $2,000 to purchase a decal and install a metal box at Middlefield Post 9678. People can leave old and worn U.S. flags to be ceremonially retired through burning. “The flags should have a place to be collected so they may be retired by VFW Post 9678 with dignity,” Seth said.
Seth graduated from Agape Christian Academy this year and hopes to pursue a career in diesel mechanics while interning at Lone Wolf Transportation.
John’s service project took place at Stony Glen Camp, Madison, Ohio where he and his Troop planted 200 chestnut trees. John says, “I chose this project so future generations may enjoy this forest. This will help the environment and allow for a better ecosystem.”
John is enrolled at Cardinal High School, but will attend Kent Geauga this fall. He is on the cross country and debate teams and has aspirations of attending The United States Military Academy, also known as West Point, after graduation.
The rank of Eagle is earned by less than 4 percent of all youth who join Boy Scouts of America. Lake Erie Council of Cleveland and Great Trail Council of Akron would like to congratulate them on their accomplishments.