The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

November 17, 2013

Twin sons of Beckley native earn Eagle Scout awards


— Twin brothers, Jeremy and Samuel Keys, of Louisville, Ky., have earned the highest advancement award the Boy Scouts of America offers to Scouts, the Eagle Scout Award.

They were recognized in separate Court of Honor ceremonies in October at The Church of the Epiphany.

Members of Lincoln Heritage Council, Troop 71, the boys now belong to the prestigious group of approximately 4 percent of all Boy Scouts who attain the Eagle rank.

Also, at the age of 15, they are the youngest members of their troop to become Eagle Scouts, well ahead of the 18-year-old age limit to achieve the award.

Each candidate must earn 21 merit badges to become an Eagle. To date, Sam has earned 40 badges and Jeremy has earned 42 badges.

Each candidate must also successfully complete a community, school, or church-related service project. Sam chose to install a table, three benches and landscaping at the community track in his neighborhood. He raised over $3,000 in donations to complete his project.

Jeremy chose to build a storage shed at his former elementary school. Over 280 man-hours of work went into completing his project.

Jeremy and Sam have held numerous positions within the troop and they have received membership in The Order of the Arrow, Scouting's honor society.

They join other outstanding American citizens who have become Eagle Scouts, among them former President Gerald R. Ford Jr., astronaut Neil A. Armstrong, mayor of New York City, Michael Bloomberg, and the head of the FBI, William Sessions.

Both boys are active in cross country, track, and orchestra at Eastern High School in Louis-ville, where they are sophomores.

Jeremy and Sam are sons of Mark and Barbara Keys of Louisville. Mark is a Beckley native and a Woodrow Wilson High School alumnus. The twins are the grandsons of Frank and Shirley Keys of Beckley and Walter and Helen Bulczak of Atlanta.