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Teen earns Eagle Scout

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David Snyder gathered over 500 old or torn American flags from the community and retired them in an official ceremony where flags are respectfully burned.

The project was David’s Eagle Scout project, and he was inducted in an Eagle Court of Honor April 29 at the Church of Jesus of Christ of Latter-day Saints, the institutional sponsor of Troop 140.

David, a junior at Douglas High school, is the son of Phil and Deborah Snyder of Minden.

“As an Eagle Scout, David represents about 2 percent of the young men who enter ranks of Scouting,” said Scout spokesperson Steve Shaffer. “These few young men, through their tenacity, show their commitment to the Scout Oath and the Scout Law, which is a strong codification of morality and service to others.”

David is a member of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and has attended three years of early morning seminary instruction. He plays the guitar and enjoys archery.

The Boy Scouts of America offer three palms, a bronze, a silver and a gold, as awards for scouts under 18 who continue to show their skill as achievers after they have attained Scouting’s highest award, the Eagle.

They are forms of recognition, placed on the Eagle badge, that extremely few young men earn, said Shaffer.

Between the time that David passed his Eagle Scout board of review and the time he received his award, he had already competed the work necessary to receive his first palm at the same ceremony, and he is on his way to competing requirements for the other two palms.

State Senator Lawrence Jacobsen of Minden made a presentation to David during the ceremony. Jacobsen rarely misses an Eagle Court of Honor, Shaffer said.

David received letters of congratulations from President and Mrs. Bill Clinton; Vice President Al Gore and former Vice President Dan Quayle; Past Presidents Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter and George Bush; Nevada Senators Harry Reid and Richard Bryan; State Attorney General Frankie Sue Del Papa; Secretary of State Dean Heller; State Treasurer Brian Krolicki; U.S. Rep. Jim Gibbons; State Assemblyman Lynn Hettrick of Gardnerville; and Chief Executive Officer of the Nevada Area Council, BSA Donald York.

Like father, like son: David Snyder’s father Phil, a longtime supporter of Scouting, has helped many young men attain their Eagle Awards. He takes special pride in helping his son Eagle badge.

STEVE SHAFFER photo