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Matthew Henesy of Clear Spring Troop 117 earns Eagle Scout rank

August 22, 2008

Troop 117, Clear Spring, honored Matthew David Henesy with the highest award in Scouting - the Eagle Scout on July 27 at Maugansville Church of the Brethren.

The members of Troop 117 conducted the opening ceremony and Scoutmaster Keith Sheffler served as the master of ceremonies. He read the Trail to Eagle. Eagle Scout Corey Chaney administered the Eagle Charge.

Sheffler presented the Eagle badge and Matthew in turn presented his mother with a miniature Eagle pin and his father with an Eagle lapel pin. Matthew is the son of Tim and Marianne Henesy.

Jerry Cump from Hagers-town Elks Lodge 378 presented the Americanism Award, along with a U.S. flag. The Elks Lodge provides the Eagle kit for every Eagle Scout in Washington County.

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U.S. Rep. Roscoe Bartlett presented a Congressional Recognition along with a U.S. flag, which flew over the Capitol building.

Matthew also received a State Resolution from State Sen. Don Munson, House Resolution from Del. LeRoy Myers and a Governor's Citation. Troop 117 presented Matthew with an Eagle Bolo tie and a membership to the National Eagle Scout Association.

Matthew started in Scouting in 1999 as a Tiger Cub in Pack 36, Halfway. He earned all of the ranks, including the Arrow of Light, the highest Cub Scout award. Matt earned all 20 Webelo activity pins, the Compass Point Emblem Award, and all four compass points. As a Cub Scout, he earned 24 sports and academic belt loops, six sports and academic pins, Conservation award and the God and Me and God and Family Religious Emblems.

In the spring of 2001, he crossed the bridge into Boy Scouts with Troop 117. He has earned 27 merit badges. Matt has attended summer camp at Sinoquipe Scout Reservation for five years. He is also a Brotherhood member of the Order of the Arrow with Guneukitschik Lodge 317.

Matt's Eagle project was to construct five rain barrel gardens around the dining room at Fairview Outdoor Education Center in Clear Spring. The project included the preparation of the ground at the corners of the building or porches, the digging and leveling for the placement of the landscaping block. The project also included the construction of the walls of the gardens and the filling of the gardens with gravel, mulch and topsoil. The gardens have been filled with plants.

Matt graduated this spring from Clear Spring High School with high honors. He received the Merit Scholastic Award, the Maryland Distinguished Scholar Award - Honorable Mention and the Nora and Theodore Snyder History Award.

He was a member and officer for the National Honor Society and a member of the History Club, the Blazer Band and Jazz Band. He also participated in the Young Life Organization. In his senior year, he participated in cross country.

In the fall, Matt will attend Messiah College in Grantham, Pa. He has received the Provost Scholarship through Messiah College, the Northrop Grumman Scholarship for Employee's Children and the Clear Spring Historical Society Scholarship.

Pastor Sean Coffey of Maugansville Church of the Brethren gave the invocation and the benediction.

Troop 117 is sponsored by Clear Spring Scouting Association.

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