Michael Mathews’ long experience with the Boy Scouts has culminated in impressive fashion. The Huntington High School freshman earned the rank of Eagle Scout earlier this month.
The teenager, who especially enjoys his math and social studies classes, was honored during a recent ceremony at the Halesite Fire Department. Mr. Mathew’s began his long scouting experience with Cub Scout Pack 181. Now a member of Boy Scout Troop 78, he has compiled an exceptional record.
Mr. Mathew’s worked hard on his Eagle Scout project, which included various aspects of fundraising, planning and collaboration with his fellow troop members. The project involved installing two new benches in front of Huntington High School and revitalizing a nearby garden area.
The recent Eagle Scout ceremony was attended by family, friends, fellow Troop 78 members and various dignitaries, including Huntington Superintendent James W. Polansky, who presented Mr. Mathew’s with a commemorative certificate and small gift.
The freshman worked with Huntington High School Principal Brenden Cusack during several stages of the project, which strived to improve the aesthetics of the front of the building. Mr. Cusack was supportive throughout the process and quite pleased with the finished product.
“Michael is an outstanding young man and his dedication to service and leadership are to be commended as is his conscientious nature,” Mr. Cusack said. “He met with me on a number of occasions to review and refine his plans to beautify the front of our school. The benches he constructed and the planting that was done all represent a significant contribution of time and effort. The result of Michael’s work is something that our whole school community can enjoy. I truly appreciate his efforts and commend him on this fine achievement.”
“Since Arthur Eldred became the first Eagle Scout in 1912, the rank has represented a milestone of accomplishment—perhaps without equal—that is recognized across the country and even the world,” according to the Boy Scouts of America. “Men who have earned the Eagle Scout rank count it among their most treasured possessions. ‘Eagle Scout’ is not just an award; it is a state of being. Those who earned it as boys continue to earn it every day as men. That is why an Eagle Scout IS an Eagle Scout—not was.”