A large and engaged audience was on hand, including a “who’s who” of local officials and dignitaries on Sept. 17 for the Eagle Scout Court of Honor ceremony for Andrew Leonetti.
The ceremony was emceed by Chad Callahan. Scouts Dylan Kampf and Rolando Camargo presented the colors while Callahan led recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag and the Scout Law.
Representatives of each stage of scouting were in attendance: Tenderfoot Charles Drain, Second Class Ryan Callahan, First Class Dominic Morrelli, Star Dan Millar, Life Mark Faverzani and Eagle Tanner Mitzel.
The Eagle Charge and Pledge was recited by Kevin Collins and Dean Mitzel presented the Eagle award.
Bill Schumacher, Andrew’s Scout Leader, made some touching and entertaining remarks about Andrew’s journey. Chad Callahan presented some of the distinguished guests in attendance including: Senator Jeff Van Drew, New Jersey Superior Court Judge Susan Sheppard, Assemblyman Bob Andrzejczak, Assemblyman Bruce Land, Freeholder & Brigadier General Jeffrey Pierson, Ocean City Director of Community Services Michael Allegretto, Councilman Michael DeVlieger, and Undersheriff Bob Nolan.
Leonetti’s statement included praise of his father, who was one of his role models in Scouting, as his former Cub Scout Leader and Junior Boy Scout Leader.
“And thank you to my mom for her love, encouragement and guidance,” Andrew said, and my sister for being a role model in earning her Gold Award. Now we both hold the highest rank in scouting.”
The benediction was by Henry Adair and it brought the inspirational event to a close.