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Gottheimer honors Boy and Girl Scouts who achieved highest rank

NEW JERSEY — U.S. Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) recently held the annual Fifth District Scout Honor Ceremony to celebrate the achievements of Scouts who, after completing projects to support their community, have earned the highest rank of the Boy Scout and Girl Scout programs.

“I am honored to celebrate the hard-earned achievements of all these Scouts who’ve earned the highest rank attainable in the Scouting programs — the Boy Scout Rank of Eagle Scout and the Girl Scout Gold Award,” Gottheimer said. “Thank you to the young leaders — all of our Scouts here today — for your dedication to bettering our community and country. From your work supporting North Jersey families, veterans, students, and more, I see the same passion for service, community, and country that has fueled the Scouts for generations. I know you will all go forth and change the world.”

Gottheimer recognized 27 Scouts from throughout the Fifth District, acknowledging their projects and work within their communities.

This year’s Scouts completed projects supporting our veterans by creating new memorials, designing new spaces where students can be educated, installing equipment to keep their town safe in winter months, and much more.

Gottheimer was joined during the ceremony by Paramus Councilman Ace Antonio, Hackensack Councilman Gerard Carroll, Boy Scouts of America Sr. District Executive Ludmilla Perez, Midland Park United Methodist Church Pastor Kyu Tae Pak Scout leaders, and Boy & Girl Scouts as well as their family and friends.

This year’s Fifth District Eagle Scouts and Gold Award Girl Scouts include:

  • Ashley DeGeorge, Park Ridge Girl Scout Troop 4013
  • Kailey Levinson, Park Ridge Girl Scout Troop 4013
  • Ben Litvany,  Glen Rock Boy Scout Troop 15
  • William McDade, Ramsey Boy Scout Troop 31
  • Alex Saldana, Oradell Boy Scout Troop 36
  • Chris Angus, from Oakland Boy Scout Troop 49
  • Andrew Kim, Closter Boy Scout Troop 63
  • Andrew Kleinman, Closter Boy Scout Troop 63
  • Cole Veras, from Closter Boy Scout Troop 63
  • Alex Avlonitis, Leonia Boy Scout Troop 71
  • Jake Briggs, Ringwood Boy Scout Troop 76
  • Colin Bradley, from Wyckoff Boy Scout Troop 89
  • Cooper Weeks, from Franklin Borough Boy Scout Troop 90
  • Francesco Petrosillo, West Milford Boy Scout Troop 114
  • Ryan Slamiak, West Milford Boy Scout Troop 114
  • Max Slifer, West Milford Scout Troop 114
  • Chris Haines, Paramus Boy Scout Troop 138
  • Michael Haines, Paramus Boy Scout Troop 138
  • Jack Bricca-Hall, Midland Park Boy Scout Troop 157
  • Zachary Rodek, Hewitt Boy Scout Troop 159
  • Desmon Camacho, River Edge Boy Scout Troop 184
  • Sean Kim, River Edge Boy Scout Troop 184
  • James Stickel, Washington Township Boy Scout Troop 321
  • Matthew Geisel, Ringwood Boy Scout Troop 76
  • Batu Cam, Ridgefield Park Boy Scout Troop 3
  • Michael Kazigian, Washington Township Boy Scout Troop 321
  • Jeremy Paz, Mahwah Boy Scout Troop 258

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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