Vermilion Local School Distrct congratulates VHS Senior Matthew Griener for recently earning the rank of Eagle through the Boy Scouts of America. After being inspired at an early age by an older student, Matt set his goal and worked toward earning the Eagle rank throughout his 8 years in local scouting.
Matt explained that to earn the Eagle rank a scout must complete tasks at each level. He must demonstrate leadership, help younger scouts, be willing to learn new things, and select a final project that is in service to the community. Matt feels it is important to choose a project early and set goals to complete it. His advice to other scouts is “don’t be afraid to ask for help”.
The project completed by Matt’s team was a “little free library” that they built and placed at the UCC Congregational Church in Vermilion. Community members are invited to visit the little library to borrow or share books with others. Matt had assistance from Mr. Jackson, who helped build the shell of the library, and fellow troop members, who were selected to help with the project.
Matt explained that Boy Scouts is not always about service projects, but also focuses on teaching leadership and supervisory skills. The Eagle badge is awarded to scouts who complete a list of designated criteria, including a total of 21 merit badges, and who serve actively in their troop in various leadership positions.
When asked how he feels the Eagle Scout designation will impact his life, Matt said that Eagle Scouts are recognized by colleges and employers as an indication of a positive work ethic and leadership capabilities. Following graduation from VHS Matt will enter the Coast Guard to study Maritime Law Enforcement.