Contributed/Area Eagle Scouts were honored as the Buckskin Council's Chief Cornstalk District of the Boy Scouts of America held their Eagle Scot and adult recognition banquet on Jan. 20

LOGAN - The Buckskin Council's Chief Cornstalk District of the Boy Scouts of America had its Eagle Scout and adult recognition banquet on Jan. 20 at the Logan County Country Club.

Belfry High School Head Football Coach Phillip Haywood served as the guest speaker and provided an inspiring message to attendees.

"We had a really good turnout," said Chief Cornstalk District Commissioner Jackie Cook Sr. "It was a good night to recognize the accomplishments of our Eagle Scouts and our adult award winners. We had about 70 people attend."

In 2017, Chief Cornstalk District had 45 Scouts earn the rank of Eagle. Those attending the banquet were: Justin Bess, Jarren Cook, Alex Dawson, James Ellis, Taylor Miller and Moses Wiedel.

The 2017 Award of Merit (adult) went to Debra King and Matthew Dawson. Adults receiving Chief Cornstalk District Special Awards for their outstanding service in 2017 were Carlton Starr (James H. "Buck" Harless Award); Bonnie Starling (Brooks Lawson Award); Becky Kinser (Charlie Albert Award); Jared Justice (J. T. Fish Award) and James Sutphin (Michael Thompson Award).

Cook has been active in scouting for a decade. He became active on the district level and worked in marketing for the organization.

"I've worked at just about every job in the district," said Cook. "I represent every child from Belfry, Kentucky, to Burnsville, West Virginia."

Cook said that he believes that it is important to nurture the career interests of young people and he strives to point scouts in the right direction to achieve their goals.

"If a child wants to be a pilot, we will help them find aviation training to help them nurture that," he said. "If they want to be a veterinarian - whatever field they choose."

The Bucksin Council, based in Charleston, represents 22 West Virginia counties. The Cornstalk District includes 1,510 scouts and spans six counties. Cook also works with Cub Scouts in five Boone County schools.