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Quinn Alec Hoover awarded Eagle rank posthumously

June 16, 2013
  • Quinn Alec Hoover was awarded the highest rank in Scouting, the Eagle Scout rank, in a ceremony May 18 at Otterbein United Methodist Church in Hagerstown. The award was presented posthumously for Hoover, who died March 18, 2012, from injuries sustained from an automobile accident.
Photo courtesy of Anderson Photographs

Quinn Alec Hoover was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout posthumously on May 18 at Otterbein United Methodist Church in Hagerstown.

He is the son of Tom and Sonja (Bartles) Hoover of Hagerstown.

Quinn was a member of Troop 2, chartered by Otterbein United Methodist Church.

Master of Ceremonies Scott Paddack welcomed more than 100 people to the Court of Honor.

Pastor G. Stanley Steele of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church started the ceremony with the invocation.

An honor guard consisting of members of various troops in Hagerstown and members of Troop 2 of Woonsocket, R.I., presented the colors.

Paddack then led the assembly with the Pledge of the Allegiance.

Mason-Dixon Council Scout Executive Mark Barbernitz officially convened the Court of Honor to present the Eagle Scout award to Hoover.

Barbernitz said this was the first posthumous recognition in the Mason-Dixon Council. Quinn died March 18, 2012, from injuries sustained from an automobile accident.

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“One Hundred Scouts” was read by John Ewan, former scoutmaster of Troop 2. 

The honor guard brought forward the candidate’s picture to the front of the room to the position of honor.

A video of Quinn’s Scout journey was shown to the assembly with Gary Hill narrating the “Voice of the Eagle.”

Quinn started his scouting career as a Tiger Cub with Cub Scout Pack 64 in Maugansville. He completed all the ranks of Cub Scouts and earned the Arrow of Light as a Webelo. He crossed over to Boy Scouts to join Troop 2 on April 30, 2005. 

He earned 37 merit badges and attended the 2010 National Jamboree in Fort A.P. Hill, Va., where he participated in the largest CPR certified class for the Guinness Book World of Records.

Quinn was a Brotherhood member of the Order of the Arrow, Guneukitschik Lodge 317.

He was a member of Venturing Crew 2, Potamac Indian Dancers. He was the lead grass dancer and was named dancer of the year in 2011.

Quinn’s Eagle Scout service project consisted of building bat houses to provide a safe, clean habitat for bats.

The bat houses will promote healthy living conditions for the bat population and help improve the environment.

The project was completed by members of his troop with help from Maryland Mill Works at the Conococheague Institute.

Eagle Scouts present were given the opportunity to provide their testimony on what it means to be an Eagle Scout. 

Eagle Scout Shawn Schaefer led the Eagle Scout Rededication with the Eagle Scout Promise.

The honor guard then escorted Quinn’s parents and his brother, Star Scout Levi G. Hoover. His mother, Sonja, was presented with a bouquet of flowers and 17 Gerber daises representing the number of years Quinn lived.

Sonja presented the Eagle Scout medal and pinned it on Quinn’s uniform.

In recognition of a mother’s devotion, Levi Hoover presented his mother with the Eagle mother’s pin in honor of his brother.

Quinn’s father and Troop 2 Scoutmaster Tom Hoover presented the Eagle Scout certificate to those assembled.

In honor of Quinn, Levi Hoover presented his father with an Eagle lapel pin.

Tom and Sonja recognized one other adult leader who offered many hours of guidance, education and friendship to Quinn in his scouting career. They presented a mentor pin to Gary Hill.

In honor of the fourth Eagle Scout in the Hoover family, Levi presented his grandmother, Darlene “Dot” Hoover, with an Eagle pin. In honor of their first grandchild earning the rank of Eagle Scout, Levi presented his grandparents, Ralph and Penny Bartles, with Eagle pins.

In remembrance of Quinn, Ralph Bartles presented Tom Hoover with a mentor pin for his leadership and guidance throughout Quinn’s scouting career.

Awards and presentations were given for Quinn during the ceremony. 

County Commissioner Jeff Cline spoke during the ceremony and presented the Hoover family a certificate from the Washington County Commissioners.

County Commissioner Ruth Anne Callaham, also an Eagle Scout mother, spoke and presented the Hoover family with a Washington County lapel pin.

Maryland Del. LeRoy Myers Jr. read and presented a Maryland House of Delegates resolution to the Hoover family.

Michael Barnhart of Elks Lodge 378 presented a certificate and a flag.

Richard Gilbert, with the Association of Professional Fire Fighters Hagerstown Local 1605, presented a certificate and check to the Hoover family.

On behalf of Guneukitschik Lodge 317, Paddack presented the Hoover family with a certificate stating that a plaque in memory of Quinn Hoover 2012 has been added to the Charles R. Miller Family Eagle Scout Tribute Wall in the Mike Callas Memorial Dining Hall at Camp Sinoquipe, near Fort Littleton, Pa.

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