Eagle Scout project benefits informational display at Dunkirk Lighthouse

Submitted Photo Pictured in the photo at left are participants in Eagle Scout Jordan Cooley’s project. Top: Jeff Wentz. Left to right – Roger Cooley, Jr., Jordan Cooley, Amanda Burlett-Cooley, Brandon Powell, JJ Tuggy, Vince Vecchio, Dave Briska.

Jordan Cooley of Dunkirk achieved the rank of Eagle Scout on March 19 at his Court of Honor ceremony held at the American Legion Post 59. Paul Wallenhorst was the master of ceremonies and Senior Patrol Leader John Banach led the Advancement of Colors and Pledge of Allegiance. Vince Vecchio led the Eagle Candle Lighting. Walt Sedlmayer gave the invocation and Scoutmaster Chris Eichmann presented the Eagle Award. Thomas Annear gave the Eagle Charge — challenging Jordan to continue to strive to do his best going forward.

Jordan is the son of Roger Cooley Jr. and Amanda Burlett-Cooley, and the brother of Alex, who is also a Boy Scout. Jordan joined scouts as a Webelos in fifth grade with Annear being his first scout leader. Jordan’s grandma, Paula Cooley, was awarded the mentor pin.

Jordan is a member of Boy Scout Troop 267 of Fredonia. He has completed National Youth Leadership Training and is a member of the Order of the Arrow as Brotherhood.

To earn the rank of Eagle, a scout must earn at least 21 merit badges and demonstrate leadership and community service by organizing and carrying out an Eagle Project.

For his project, Jordan worked to build a triangular peaked roof over an informational display at the Dunkirk Historical Lighthouse. Dave Briska mentioned to Jordan how the brochures would get wet in the display case and this caused a lot of waste and reprinting of brochures. Jordan met with Briska and local architect Peeble to draw up building plans. Jeff Wentz served as the building adviser for construction of the roof. Special thanks to Peeble, Wentz, Vecchio, Bryan Powell, Brandon Powell and JJ Tuggy.

Jordan is a sophomore at Dunkirk High School, where he is a member of the swim and tennis teams.