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Wayne Post
  • Gorsuch earns Eagle Scout award

  • On Jan. 6, Joseph Michael Gorsuch received his Eagle Scout designation at a Court of Honor conducted at the First United Methodist Church of Newark.

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  • On Jan. 6, Joseph Michael Gorsuch received his Eagle Scout designation at a Court of Honor conducted at the First United Methodist Church of Newark.
    Friends, family, community and troop leaders attended the celebration, including his parents, Jason Chamberlin and Juliana Gorsuch Chamberlin, and brother, Niko Gorsuch Chamberlin.
    “I couldn't have asked for a better Court of Honor,” Joey said of the gathering. “It's moments like these that last a lifetime.”
    Joey, 17, a senior at Newark High School is a member of Troop 122 of the Seneca Waterways Councils, Boy Scouts of America, led by ScoutMaster Mitch Ruffalo and Committee Chair Gretel Duffy.
    Joey’s Eagle Project focused on increasing awareness and training for laypersons in the provision of bystander, or community, CPR and the use of AEDs. During May and June, 2012, Joey coordinated the education of over 150 men, women, and teens in the use of these life-saving skills. To accomplish this goal, he became an American Heart Association Heart Saver Instructor, worked with Newark-Arcadia EMS to conduct the courses, and completed fundraising to make sure that the courses could be offered free of charge to the community. On hand to congratulate Joey was the Regional Emergency Cardiovascular Care Committee Chair from the American Heart Association, Brian Brooks.
    “What a fantastic Court of Honor. It brought back many fond memories of my own scouting days,” Brooks said. “It was a highlight of my AHA career.”
    Joey has been an active member of his Troop since joining and has held various positions of leadership including Senior Patrol Leader. He currently serves the Troop as a Junior Assistant Scout Master, helping newer Scout leaders take the roles and fulfill their potential.
    Joey also is a member of the Boy Scouts of America Venture Scuba Crew. He is a high honor roll Senior while taking several college courses at Newark High School and has been a key member of the school’s Varsity Wrestling team all four years of his high school career. He is currently a co-captain of the team and has 25 wins so far this season. He has held the honor of first trombone in Wind Ensemble and Jazz Band, leading the entire section, since September 2011 and September 2010, respectively. He additionally holds the positions of Vice President for the French Honor Society and Treasurer for Interact Club. He has also been a Junior Member of Newark-Arcadia EMS since he was 14. He currently serves as one of two Junior Member Leaders in the organization. He is planning to attend FLCC this semester, while still in high school, to attain his New York State EMT certification.
    In the summer of 2012, he served as a Boy’s State Candidate representing the American Legion in Newark. While there, he was elected Senator and proposed a bill within the bill drafting committee, for which he served as Chair, which will be considered at the New York State Legislature.
    Page 2 of 2 - Joey will graduate Newark High School in June and plans to attend college. Although undecided on a major, he hopes to focus on pre-medical or pre-law preparation, possibly culminating his skills in a medico-legal practice. He also hopes to continue wrestling while at college. He has already been accepted at colleges where he can fulfill his ambitions: academic, athletic, and personal.
    Eagle Scout is the highest rank attainable in the Boy Scouting program. Since the first Boy Scout earned his Eagle award 100 years ago in 1912, the distinction has been earned by more than two million young men. Requirements include earning at least 21 merit badges and demonstrating ideals of service and leadership, including organizing and leading an extensive service project. Fewer than 5 percent of Boy Scouts nationwide attain this illustrious rank.

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