FROM READERS: Three mid-Missouri Eagle Scouts win awards for academic success

Thursday, August 22, 2013 | 6:00 a.m. CDT; updated 5:37 p.m. CDT, Friday, September 6, 2013
The second annual Doroghazi Eagle Scout Award recipients, from left, are: Ryan Occena, Ian Faust and Jacob Dey

Eric Stann is a senior district executive for the Great Rivers Council, Boy Scouts of America. He oversees the Scouting program in Boone, Cooper and Howard counties. Eric is an Eagle Scout and a graduate of MU, where he received a bachelor of journalism.

Ryan Occena, Ian Faust and Jacob Dey were presented with the 2nd Annual Doroghazi Eagle Scout Award at an annual awards presentation dinner at the Reynolds Alumni Center at the University of Missouri on August 10.


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Past Great Rivers Council President and Distinguished Eagle Scout Dr. Robert M. Doroghazi has established this new Eagle Scout Award to recognize and reward Eagle Scouts for their hard work, thrift and continued success. Each recipient receives $10,000. Preference is given to those who will be tomorrow’s leaders in Business, Science, Finance, Engineering and the professions of Medicine & Law, and those who have served in the Armed Forces.

This award is merit-based. Consideration is not given to race, creed, color, religion, national origin, socio-economic status of parents, activities, the success of other family members in Scouting, or other scholarships or financial aid. This is not a community service award.

Ryan Occena, a graduate of Hickman High School in Columbia, currently teaches music and choir to students in grades K-8 at Ascension Catholic School in Kansas City. Occena earned a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and received a Fulbright award. He also attended the Zoltan Kodaly Pedagogical Institute of Music, where he received a diploma in pedagogy and choral conducting. Occena earned his Eagle Scout Award as a member of Boy Scout Troop 121c in 2004.

Ian Faust, a graduate of Rock Bridge High School in Columbia, currently attends the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is studying Nuclear Science and Engineering. Faust also earned a Bachelor of Engineering from the University of Michigan. He has worked at the Los Alamos National Laboratory and the MIT Plasma Science and Fusion Center. Faust earned his Eagle Scout Award as a member of Boy Scout Troop 4 in Columbia in 2004.

Jacob Dey, a graduate of the Sacred Heart School in Sedalia, is currently working on his medical degree at the John Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dey graduated Summa Cum Laude with University Honors from the  University of Missouri with a B.S. in Biological Sciences. He earned his Eagle Scout Award as a member of Boy Scout Troop 61 in Sedalia in 2002.

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