Washingtonville Scout Advances to Eagle

Washingtonville - Matthew Adreance, a senior at Washingtonville High School and a Scout in Washingtonville Boy Scout Troop 16, achieved Boy Scouts' highest rank, advancing to Eagle in a court of honor held at St. Mary's Church.

To attain the prestigious Eagle award, Matt met the rank's rigorous requirements, earned the necessary merit badges, and planned, fundraised for, and completed a service project in his community with the assistance of a volunteer crew.

Matt's Eagle project benefited Hudson Valley SPCA in New Windsor which needed repair to its landscaping and gardens following a fire last year. Matt and his team of volunteers, cleared the damaged gardens, refreshed them with new mulch and plants, and added two handmade planter boxes.

"My own dog is a rescue, so when I heard of the damage to the animal shelter, I knew I wanted to use my Eagle project to help. We had a great team who worked hard on a blistering hot day," said Matt. "Achieving Eagle would not have been possible without the support of my troop, my family, and my community. I benefitted from this project as well - learning so many important life skills along the way," Matt added.

"On behalf of everyone in Troop 16, I am delighted to congratulate Matt on his Eagle," said Troop 16 Scoutmaster Scott Santarpia.  "The journey to Eagle is not an easy one, along the way the scout learns, grows, succeeds, and matures. It is my privilege as a Scout leader to be a part of that journey and celebrate each Scout's accomplishments with him. Matt has a bright future, filled with much success ahead of him."

This fall Matt will attend Western New England University in Springfield, MA where he will major in Forensic Biology and minor in Chemistry. Ranked seventh in his class, he is a member of the National Honor Society and National Society of High School Scholars. In addition to his studies and Boy Scouts, Matt works at Betty's Country Kitchen in Washingtonville.

 Matt Adreance, center, surrounded by some of his Scout volunteers in front of the garden beds at Hudson Valley SPCA 

Headlining photo: New Eagle Scout Matt Adreance, a senior at Washingtonville High School, presents his Troop 16 scoutmaster, Scott Santarpia, with a pin as part of his Eagle Court of Honor, provided.