First Posted: 2/26/2013
Tanner Homa, 16, has achieved the rank of Eagle Scout, Boy Scouting’s highest rank.
The son of Debbie Homa and the late John Homa, he is also the grandson of Victoria Verdine, of West Wyoming and a member of Boy Scout Troop 444.
Homa began his Scouting career as a Tiger Cub with Pack 444 and then transferred to Pack 241, continuing through Cub Scouting to achieve the highest award, the Arrow of Light. After he crossed over to Boy Scouts, he joined Troop 444 in Sweet Valley with Allan Stroud as his Scoutmaster. As a member of Troop 444, he has held numerous leadership positions, including patrol leader, assistant patrol leader, guide and instructor. He has earned a total of 60 merit badges and 13 awards, including the Ad Altare Dei religious emblem and the Pope Pius XII religious emblem. He was inducted into the Lowwapaneu Lodge 191 of the Order of the Arrow in 2011 and earned Brotherhood Membership in 2012. Homa has attended many camp outings at Goose Pond and Camp Acahela, including working on staff for one year at Camp Acahela. For his Eagle Scout project, he repainted the entire choir loft and stairway and renovated a coat closet into a storage closet with shelves at Our Lady of Sorrows Church, St. Monica’s Parish in West Wyoming. A junior at Wyoming Area Secondary Center, Homa is an active member in St. Monica’s Parish, Youth Group and Divine Mercy Ministry, along with many other school clubs and activities such as Marching Band, SADD, History Club and the Atlantic Coast award-winning Indoor Percussion. He reached his goal of Eagle Scout on Sept. 19, 2012, and received the badge at his court of honor on Dec. 29, 2012. He plans to continue his Scouting journey to earn more merit badges and awards, along with helping the younger scout advance in rank. He plans to be attend either West Chester University or Marywood University in hopes of becoming a music teacher.
State Rep. Phyllis Mundy, D-Kingston, recently honored Homa. “Tanner has a strong work ethic that I am sure will help him succeed,” Mundy said. “For his project, he repainted the entire choir loft and stairway at St. Monica’s parish in his hometown. He also converted an unused robe closet into useful space by painting the interior and installing shelves.”Mundy, D-Kingston, presented Homa, a member of Troop 316 in Avoca, with a citation from the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.