Tyrone teen to be honored at ceremony

TYRONE – The Tyrone teen who spearheaded the transformation of Soldiers Park as his Eagle Scout project will be honored during a Memorial Day ceremony with a national award.

The National Eagle Scout Association selected Cody A. Eckels, 16, to receive the 2014 Glenn A. and Melinda W. Adams National Eagle Scout Service Project of the Year Award.

Eckels, the son of Joseph and Candy Eckels, organized a variety of fundraisers and volunteer work crews to revitalize and improve Soldiers Park in Tyrone.

Members of the Boy Scouts of America Laurel Highlands Council will attend Monday’s ceremony at 11 a.m. at Soldiers Park where they will present Eckels with the award, including a medal to attach to his Scout uniform in addition to a $2,500 scholarship for a post-secondary school of his choice.

The Adams National Eagle Scout Service Project of the Year Award, established in 2009, recognizes an Eagle Scout service project of an exceptional nature to a religious institution, a school, a community or other entity. In 2014, more than 57,000 Boy Scouts completed service projects to attain the rank of Eagle Scout.

Local Scout councils annually select a council-level winner to recommend for the national award. From that group, each region selects a regional-level winner. A national winner is then selected from four regional finalists.