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 SRU freshman earns Boy Scouting's highest Scout rank 




December 17, 2008

Contact: K.E. Schwab  




SRU freshman earns Boy Scouting's highest Scout rank


SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Sean Deafenbaugh, an SRU freshman secondary education major from Darlington, will be among 366 young men who will be honored by the Greater Pittsburgh Council of the Boy Scouts of America at the council's annual Recognition Dinner of Scouts earning their Eagle rank.

The dinner, which also helps mark Pittsburgh's 250th anniversary, will be at the Pittsburgh Hilton Nov. 25.

Deafenbaugh, now an assistant scoutmaster with Troop 409 sponsored by Chippewa United Methodist Church in Beaver Falls, was formally presented his Eagle award, Boy Scouting's highest Scout rank, at a Nov. 9 Court of Honor.

            Deafenbaugh, who has been involved with Scouting as a Cub Scout, Webleo and Boy Scout, cleaned up a near-abandoned cemetery as his required Eagle Scout Project. "A group of 18 fellow Scouts and family members spent an 11-hour day restoring the cemetery. The work included locating and restoring a row of forgotten graves dating to the 1850s," he said. The church cemetery is located in Darlington.

            "They once had a map of the cemetery plots, but it apparently got lost over the years, and some of the graves and fallen tombstones had sunk, were covered over by leaves and dirt, and forgotten over time," he said.

            As leader, Deafenbaugh planned and organized the clean up, which included removing shrubs, tree limbs, leaves and overgrowth from the area.

            As a Scout, Deafenbaugh and his troop have traveled to Dallas, the Grand Canyon, Pike's Peak, the U.S. Force Academy, the St. Louis Arch and the Air Force Museum in Dayton, Ohio. 

            His father serves as an assistant scoutmaster with Troop 409.


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