Their paths crossed a dozen years ago when they joined Palmerton Boy Scout Troop 20.

Recently, their journeys intertwined once again when Michael Sander and Jesse Schneck both attained their Eagle Scout rank.

Together, the duo were recognized as part of a dual Eagle Court of Honor held recently at the First United Church of Christ in Palmerton.

Drew Everett, master of ceremonies, spoke of the significance associated with the accolade, the highest rank in Boy Scouting.

Everett then asked all Eagle Scouts in attendance to come forward and be recognized. State Sen. David Argall was among them.

"Congratulations," Argall told the two, as he spoke of the importance of the honor bestowed upon them. "Keep it up."

Argall then presented both Schneck and Sander with a congratulatory citation from the U.S. Senate, as well as one from the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, on behalf of State Rep. Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon).

For his Eagle Scout Service Project, Sander completed a landscaping project in front of the First United Church of Christ in Palmerton.

Sander, the son of Michael Sander and Susan Bankes, said he cut down trees, dug out shrubs and removed the roots at the Memorial Garden on the side of the church. The ground was then leveled and cleared.

With the help of generous donations, Sander was able to purchase two flowering trees and new bushes, which he planted. Mulch and stone were then added to finish the landscape design.

At that, his mother pinned the Eagle badge on her son's uniform. Sander then presented a mother's Eagle Scout pin to his mother, and a father's Eagle Scout pin to his father.

Sander then presented his mentor pin to his grandfather, Bob Endres.

Schneck, the son of James and Lisa Schneck, said he designed a sign for the East Penn Township Municipal Building for his Eagle Scout Service Project.

He made the design and met with Dennis Hawk, from Hawk's Signs in Palmerton, to arrange for making the finished product.

The sign is wooden and measures 2' X 3'. Schneck cemented posts in and placed the sign, along with pebble landscaping, at the base of the posts and surrounding area.

His mother then pinned the Eagle badge on her son's uniform. Schneck then presented a mother's Eagle Scout pin to his mother, and a father's Eagle Scout pin to his father.

Schneck then gave his mentor pin to Greg Gruber, assistant scoutmaster.

James Schneck, Scoutmaster, praised his son, as well as Sander, for their achievement.

"Congratulations, boys," Schneck said. "You are now official Eagle Scouts."

Troop member Colin Green then presented Sander and Schneck with wooden trinket boxes with the Eagle Scout emblem engraved, along with their names and the date they made Eagle.

Colin's brother, Brent Green, a fellow Eagle Scout, then presented the boys with a gift from the office of U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta (PA-11), of flags that were flown over the U.S. Capitol.

Afterward, food and refreshments were served.