Newburgh Student Awarded Prestigious Rank of Eagle Scout - Daily Hudson Valley News

Newburgh Student Awarded Prestigious Rank of Eagle Scout

Feb 25th, 2013 | By | Category: Featured Articles

On February 16, 2013, Victor Santiago, III,  a junior at NFA High School, was recently recognized at an Eagle Court of Honor, Vails Gate, NY, for receiving the prestigious rank of Eagle Scout, the highest rank a Boy Scout can achieve.  Approximately only 2% of all boys that join scouting reach this goal.    For his community project, Victor, with help from his troop, friends and community raised enough funds and managed over 333 man hours in order to build and deliver 3 outdoor trash receptacles to The Museum of the Hudson Highlands in Cornwall, said his mother, Sylvia Santiago.   Victor, a member of New Windsor Troop 4028, chartered by the King of Kings Lutheran Church, is also a member of the NFA Varsity Crew Team.

During the ceremony, Scout Master Ed Howard presented Santiago with a U.S. Flag which had flown over the Pentagon in Washington in Victor Santiago’s honor.

Victor Santiago, Eagle Scout

Scout Master Howard presents Victor Santiago with a U.S. Flag which was flown over the Pentagon, in Washington, D.C., in honor of Santiago

Guests who spoke on behalf of Santiago included NYS Assemblyman James Skoufis, Town of New Windsor Councilmember Pat Mullarkey, County Legislator Christopher Eachus, and Sheriff Carl DuBois.  Sheriff DuBois presented Santiago with a Sheriff’s Gold Star.  Santiago’s uncle, U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sergeant Jamie Santiago, also spoke, and presented his nephew with a very special U.S. Air Force Airman coin.

Sheriff DuBois with Eagle Scout Victor Santiago

Sheriff Carl DuBois presents Victor Santiago with a gold Sheriff’s pin

Victor Santiago Receives US Air Force Airman Coin

U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sergeant Jamie Santiago presents his nephew with a special U.S. Air Force Airman’s coin

“This journey, from Cub Scout to Eagle Scout, took me 10 years.  It is an incredible honor.  I could never have gotten here without the help of so many people, too many to thank but I especially wish to thank my parents, both of whom are very involved in scouting.  My sister, Stephanie, a junior at St. Rose College, was a Girl Scout Gold Award recipient.  All eyes are now on my younger sister, Samantha, who will be starting to work toward her Girl Scout Silver Award.  Scouting is definitely a family affair for us.”

Eagle Scout Victor Santiago with His Family

Family photo (L-R) Jonathan Santiago, Stephanie Santiago, Victor Santiago II, Victor (“V”) Santiago III, Sylvia Santiago, and Samantha Santiago

Boy Scout Alumni include: 63% of U.S. Air Force Academy graduates, 68% of U.S.M.A. West Point graduates, 70% of U.S. Naval Academy graduates, 72% of Rhodes Scholars, 85% of FBI agents, 65% of U.S. Congress, 85% of airline polits, 88% of newspaper editors, and 89% of senior class presidents.  Fully 108 of 172 U.S. Astronauts were Boy Scouts and of those, half attained the Star, Life or Eagle ranks.

For additional information on Boy Scouts in your area visit www.scouting.org.

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