Neshannock High sophomore Matthew Turner earned Eagle Scout status with Boy Scout Troop 743.
The honor is the highest available in the Boy Scouts. Matthew received it last month at a Court of Honor at St. Camillus Church.
A son of William and Sheila Turner, Matthew has been with the troop since 2006.
For his Eagle Scout project, he built park benches and placed them around the playground at the First United Methodist Church on Decker Drive.
Matthew, a member of Neshannock’s cross country team, has earned 35 merit badges while a member of Troop 743 and served in various leadership positions. They include quartermaster, scribe, assistant patrol leader and patrol leader.
Among his other accomplishments are completing 67 nights of camping, 45 hiking miles and 69 community service hours.
Matthew was elected to the Order of the Arrow Lodge Kuskitannee 168 in 2008, completed his Ordeal in 2009 and became a Brotherhood member in 2010.
He also has earned the following special awards: Arrow of Light; the Bronze, Silver, Gold and Honor Oak Leaf from Camp Bucoco; the Good Turn for America award; World Conservation Award; and the National Quality Unit Award for 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010.
He is considered to be one of the troop’s “go-to guys” when it comes to assisting younger Scouts.
At the Court of Honor, Colleen Chamberlain, committee chairwoman, opened the ceremony with the advancement of the colors. Betsy Wolford served as master of ceremonies. The Rev. Amy Na, troop chaplain, delivered the invocation, and later, offered the benediction as well.
The “Voice of the Eagle” was read by assistant scoutmaster, Gary Wolford. Scoutmaster Douglas Moon presented Matthew’s resume and accomplishments to the court. Committee member Marilyn Moon read the Eagle Scout Pledge and Eagle Scout Ryan Moon administered the Eagle Scout Obligation.
Matthew presented his parents with the Eagle Scout Dad and Mom pins. He also presented Mentor pins to Moon; his grandfather, William R. Turner; and his cross country coach, David Antognoli.
He has two brothers, Nick and Steven, who also are members of Troop 743.