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Tupelo, Miss. (WCBI) – The annual Yocona Area Boy Scout Council held its annual dinner in Tupelo on Tuesday night.

MSU President Dr. Mark Keenum was given the 2014 Distinguished Citizen Award.

Keenum says it’s an honor to be recognized by an organization known for producing future leaders.

“There are a lot of distractions in the life of young people today, but scouting provides a great foundation for a young person to help get them on the right path , in their life, to help them deal with a lot of distractions that they deal with. As a father of four young children I know about distractions, scouting provides that wonderful foundation to help prepare a young boy to grow into an outstanding young man,” said Keenum.

A special award was also presented to Beth Stauffer, wife of fallen Tupelo Police Sergeant Gale Stauffer.

Sergeant Stauffer achieved the rank of Eagle Scout in 1989.

The award recognizes his commitment to God, country and fellow citizens.

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