Matthew Magerle is closing in on the prestigious Eagle Scout Award. The Huntington High School senior completed a related project last weekend on the grounds of the Halesite Fire Department.
Mr. Magerle has been in Boy Scouts for seven years. “It’s been a large part of my life,” he said. “I’ve done a lot in the troop that most teens haven’t had the chance to do. I served as the senior patrol leader in 2016, which is the leader of the troop and I was re-elected as the SPL in September to serve for my last three months in the troop.”
Huntington senior Matthew Magerle.
The teenager runs on the Huntington winter and spring track and field teams, excelling in the hurdles. Mr. Magerle is also a member of the National Honor Society as well as the English and math honor societies. He plays trumpet in the Blue Devil marching band.
“My experience at Huntington High School has been a great one so far,” Mr. Magerle said. “I’ve learned so much and made so many great friends through my classes and the various teams I’ve been a part of. I’ll never forget some of the memories I’ve made here. The Blue Devil family really is a great one to be a part of.”
The Huntington senior thought long and hard about the Eagle Scout project he wanted to pursue. “The Halesite Fire Department recently planted a ‘survivor tree’ on their lawn,” Mr. Magerle said. “The tree is a sapling from the Callery pear tree that was between the Twin Towers at the time of the 9/11attack. Firefighters found and recovered the tree from under the rubble, burned and broken. The tree was miraculously nursed back to health, which is where the name ‘survivor tree’ comes from.”
As a member of the Halesite Fire Department himself, Mr. Magerle said he knows “the significance this tree has and what it means to the members of this community. The tree symbolizes how we as a country didn’t fall after the attack and how we kept fighting and thriving. II felt it was important to memorialize that.”
Plenty of planning went into Mr. Magerle’s Eagle Scout project and he had help from his fellow troop members as the initiative came to fruition last weekend.
“Halesite planted their tree behind an existing 9/11 memorial, which was my cousin Peter Magerle’s Eagle Scout project,” Mr. Magerle said. “For my project, I built a brick wall around the tree that created more of a memorial out of the tree while also connecting the two memorials together.”
Mr. Magerle’s college plans haven’t been finalized, but he is considering Quinnipiac University and the University of South Carolina. “I want to major in physical therapy/athletic training,” he said.