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Boy Scouts of America to honor local citizens

The Boy Scouts of America, Mountaineer Area Council will recognize distinguished citizens whose leadership and philanthropy make a positive difference in its communities and represent the values instilled by the Boy Scouts of America.

Honors will be handed out this evening at the Annual Distinguished Citizens Dinner at The Erickson Alumni Center.

Those being honored:

  • Jeff Hostetler as the Distinguished Citizen Diversified Energy as the Distinguished Corporate Citizen.
  • Secretary of State and Eagle Scout Mac Warner, the National Eagle Scout Association’s Outstanding Eagle Scout Award.

The event will also recognize the 2023 recipients of the Elbert K. Fretwell Outstanding Educator Award:

  • Dr. Jay Cole and Dr. Michelle Richards-Babb of West Virginia University
  • Sharon Petitte of Ridgedale Elementary School in Monongalia County.

A presentation will also be made by several outstanding Scouts related to their personal achievements and Scouting experiences.

All proceeds from this event will be dedicated to the growth and support of Scouting programs in north-central West Virginia.

The primary event sponsors are WVU Medicine and the Hayhurst Family and is also supported by many other community businesses and individuals.

Hostetler is a former quarterback for the WVU Mountaineers as well as in the NFL, most notably on the New York Giants as a two-time Super Bowl winner. He is the founder of the Hoss Foundation, which helps meet the needs of children and/or families facing hardships due to traumatic injury, illness, or financial crisis.

In 2017, Jeff and wife Vicky started the “Jeff and Vicky Hostetler Family Resource Center” at WVU Medicine Children’s. This space is dedicated to the support of families of patients at WVU Medicine Children’s who find themselves away from home and struggling to adjust to their new circumstances.

Diversified Energy Co. PLC is a leading independent energy company engaged in the production, marketing and transportation of primarily natural gas and associated liquids from upstream and midstream assets located within the U.S. Appalachian and Central Regions.

Its operations focus on consolidation and integration of existing, low-decline natural gas and oil production assets, positioning the company to responsibly deliver stable, sustainable returns for its stakeholders from the point of asset acquisition to retirement.

West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner earned the Eagle Scout Award in 1972 when he was a member of the Buckskin Council, Boy Scouts of America based in Charleston. Both of Warner’s sons have also earned the rank of Eagle Scout. He has been serving as secretary of state since 2017. He has been recognized throughout the country for his innovation in cybersecurity, secure online voting, election preparation and user-friendly business registration and licensing.

The Boy Scouts of America provides the nation’s foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training, which helps young boys and girls be “Prepared. For Life.®” The Scouting organization is composed of more than 1 million youth members (ages 5-17), participants (ages 17-21), and adult volunteers in local councils throughout the United States and its territories.

The Mountaineer Area Council serves approximately 1,000 youth in Scouting programs throughout north-central West Virginia. For more information on the Mountaineer Area Council, Boy Scouts of America, visit