General Assembly Recognizes Outstanding Efforts

General Assembly Recognizes Outstanding Efforts

Guinness World Record holder and animal advocate praised

Patricia Cake receives her House commendation from Del. David Bulova
Photo courtesy G. Lynch

Patricia Cake receives her House commendation from Del. David Bulova Photo courtesy G. Lynch

Surrounded by his Boy Scout troop, Prince of Peace 1145, Sebastian Haworth, was presented with a special recognition at the troop’s meeting on May 1. Del. Eileen Filler-Corn (D-41) presented the Virginia General Assembly’s House Joint Resolution (HJ724) recognizing Haworth’s achievement in attaining a Guinness World Record. The West Springfield High School junior built LEGO’s 9,090 piece RMS Titanic model, in under nine hours time. His completion beat the previous world record for the model’s construction by more than two hours using eight hours, 42 minutes, and 12 seconds. Set in 2022, this record still stands. 

Filler-Corn commented on the determination and commitment Haworth demonstrated in what was a lengthy process from idea to culmination. Saying she enjoys dealing with young people with promise for the future, she added she has had many opportunities to attend Scout ceremonies, but she had never before met a Guinness World Record holder. For more on Haworth’s story, see Connection, 5/26/2022, and 1/19/2023 at

Animal Advocacy Recognition

At a surprise ceremony for her commendation, Patricia A. Cake received her recognition from Del. Dave Bulova on April 26. House Joint Resolution 801 commended Cake’s 20 years of work with the Humane Society of Fairfax County. She was described as playing an “instrumental role” in many volunteer aspects of the Society, from event planning and thrift shop sales, to coordinating medical care and feeding of cat colonies, and has herself fostered several abandoned cats or those needing special care after surgery. She was commended by the House, with the Senate concurring, for outstanding service as a member of the Humane Society.