Me­d­ina earns Ea­gle Scout Award

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GRA­SONVILLE — On May 15, Matthew Me­d­ina re­ceived the Boy Scouts of America Ea­gle Scout Award at the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay En­vi­ron­men­tal Cen­ter. Heis a mem­ber of Ruths­burg Troop 464, spon­sored by the Ruths­burg Com­mu­nity Cen­ter, and the son of Johnny and Bar­bara Me­d­ina of Centreville.

For his Ea­gle Project, Me­d­ina re­built a bird blind over Lake Knapp at the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay En­vi­ron­men­tal Cen­ter. The project be­gan with Me­d­ina and his vol­un­teers de­mol­ish­ing the ex­ist­ing blind that was build in the 1980s.

Af­ter clear­ing away the de­bris of the old blind, the group then built a new bird blind. They framed and in­stalled the walls, built the roof struc­ture, at­tached wall sheet­ing, and re­built walk­way rail­ing with new pick­ets.

The blind was com­pleted in June 2015 and has been used by many CBEC vis­i­tors to watch and pho­to­graph the birds and other wildlife at Lake Knapp.

This was a very in­volved project and took many week­ends to com­plete. A total of 38 different in­di­vid­u­als as­sisted with this ef­fort; 17 youth and 21 adults. Com­bined they spent over 600 hours work­ing on the bird blind.

Prior to earn­ing the Ea­gle Scout rank, Me­d­ina suc­cess­fully com­pleted 32 merit badges. He is a mem­ber of the Or­der of the Ar­row and has com­pleted Na­tional Youth Lead­er­ship Train­ing, Leave No Trace Aware­ness Train­ing and Leave No Trace Trainer Train­ing. He has held many lead­er­ship po­si­tions in Troop 464 in­clud­ing Troop Li­brar­ian, Den Chief, Pa­trol Leader, In­struc­tor, and Troop Guide.

Me­d­ina is 16 years old and a sopho­more at Queen Anne’s County High School. In high school, he is a mem­ber of the Na­tional Honor So­ci­ety, the It’s Aca­demic Club, the Sym­phonic Band, the Jazz Band, and the Pit Orches­tra. He plans to at­tend col­lege and earn a de­gree in com­puter en­gi­neer­ing or com­puter sci­ence.

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Matthew Me­d­ina, joined by his par­ents Johnny and Bar­bara Me­d­ina, re­ceives his Ea­gle Scout pin from Jamie Good­man, Char­ter Or­ga­ni­za­tion Rep­re­sen­ta­tive from the Ruths­burg Com­mu­nity Cen­ter (the char­ter or­ga­ni­za­tion for Troop 464), in a cer­e­mony at the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay En­vi­ron­men­tal Cen­ter, May 15. From left, Johnny Me­d­ina, Bar­bara Me­d­ina, Matthew Me­d­ina and Jamie Good­man.

CON­TRIB­UTED GRAPHIC

This pie chart shows the different types of trash col­lected dur­ing the Earth Day cleanup in Queen Anne’s County.

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Me­d­ina and vol­un­teers work to com­plete a bird blind at CBEC for the Ea­gle Scout Project.

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