A 2008 graduate of Downing-town East High School was recently recognized with a state commendation for his work on an Eagle Scout project.Dan Marbach, the son of John and Maureen of Exton, has been a member of Lionville Troop 216 since 2001 where he earned 21 merit badges, attended seven years of summer camp at Camp Horseshoe and led the troop as Senior Patrol Leader.

In addition, he earned the Silver Buckle Award and served on the crew at Florida Sea base in 2004, according to his mother. Dan has also had several leadership positions including instructor, patrol leader, SPL and junior assistant scout master, she said.

Dan has also received several awards and honors. His most recent award, for his Eagle Project, "involved reconstructing a safer, more beautiful area alongside the LYA Foster field and restoring the 3-tier sign for Lionville Park," said his mother in a news release.

State Rep. R. Curtis "Curt" Schroder, R-155th, of Downing-town, presents Eagle Scout Dan Marbach with a State Commendation of Excellence at Marbach's Eagle Scout Ceremony

The ceremony took place on Oct. 4 at a Court of Honor in St. Paul's Church. According to his mother, Dan's friends, family and community leaders congratulated Dan on his accomplishments. Among the people that honored Dan were: Dorothy Foster, LYA's administrative vice president and the project mentor; Martin Burkhart and Michael Coll, assistant trooper leaders; and Roland Richter, scout master.

Mark Gilbert, Dan's uncle who is an Eagle Scout, gave the Eagle Charge.

In Dan's address during the ceremony, he told younger scouts to "definitely go for it," according to his mother.

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