"This is the culminating event of a Boy Scout's career," said Bill Stone, Matthew's scoutmaster. "Less than 1 percent of scouts achieve this rank."
To gain this distinction, Matthew earned 35 merit badges in areas such as citizenship, safety, and personal management, even though he only needed 21 to qualify. Scouts like Matthew, according to State Senator Joseph Addabbo, offer "a glimpse of the bright future our city has."
He secured the award by spending 243 hours on his Eagle Scout project, in which he raised money and refurbished the Maspeth United Methodist's Church playgroup area, which just happens to be the same group he attended as a child. He then waited nearly two months as a Boy Scouts of America board of review, the local, city, and national leadership all approved his Eagle Scout Status.
"Matthew showed tremendous dedication and perseverance" said his proud father, Al.
Matthew, who spent twelve years with the scouts beginning as a Tiger, plans to continue his involvement. He hopes to someday become a leader. Meanwhile, he takes his love of building things to college, where he will study architecture at NYIT.