One of the most accomplished in scounting, he was the first in cub scout Pack 278, 25 year history at that point to have earned every badge available in cub scouts. In 1986, Tony moved up to Troop 278, and by the end of his first year was a Star Scout who had earned over twenty five merit badges, by the beginning of his second he had earned the rank of Life. He attended both the 1989 National Jamboree in Fort AP Hill Virginia, and the World Jamboree in 1991. After earning the rank of Life Tony took a hiatus from rank earning, but was still very active in the pursuit of badges and awards. He bacame the 2nd person, in NY and the &th Nationwide to earn the American Labor merit badge in 1987, and was presented the award by Gov. Mario Cuomo, and the NYS Chapter of the AFL-CIO, with fellow troop member Richard V Stewart Jr., He also earned both the Ad Altare Dei, and Parvuli Dei, religious award, which were awarded to him by Bishop Howard Hubbard, in June of 1991. After attending the National Jamboree in 1989, Tony was presented a Diamond Tie Clasp from President George HW Bush, with special congratulations from Admiral Stockdale, of the US NAvy, and Gen Swartzkoff, of the US Army. Tony attempted to perform several Eagle Scout projects over the years, which stemmed around his true passion, his love of animals, and ecological preservation, after being turned down, Tony was never down, after returning from Philmont Scout Reservation in 1990, Tony decided to take on a very ambitious Project, his goal was to give education on Handicap awareness to over 10000 elementary school students in the North and South Colonie School districts, in Albany NY. Although, the First part of Tony's project was rejected, the second part, a Handicap Awareness Fair, in which participants had various different handicaps imitated on them was accepted. Tony did not accept the challenge in part, but instead took it upon himself to attempt the first part of his project, Speaches to all of the Kindergarten through fourth grade students of the North and South Colonie School District. After a year in a half of recearch, and accomplishment, in 1992, Tony finally achieved his Eagle Scout, and finished his monumental projest. He followed it up with being awarded his Bronze, silver and gold Palms. He earned over 80 merit badges, and recieved awards for his ability to speak with sign language. Over all Tony was one of the most Talented and accomplished Scouts I have ever met.
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