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    Tribute to Eagle Scout Matthew Alan Christensen

    by Former Representative Tom Latham

    Posted on 2013-02-01

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    LATHAM of iowa in the house of representatives Friday, February 1, 2013 Mr. LATHAM. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize and congratulate Matthew Alan Christensen of Boy Scout Troop 550 in Council Bluffs, Iowa for achieving the rank of Eagle Scout.

    The Eagle Scout rank is the highest advancement rank in scouting. Only about five percent of Boy Scouts earn the Eagle Scout Award. The award is a performance-based achievement with high standards that have been well-maintained over the past century.

    To earn the Eagle Scout rank, a Boy Scout is obligated to pass specific tests that are organized by requirements and merit badges, as well as completing an Eagle Project to benefit the community. For his project, Matthew organized a work crew to remove a half mile of fencing at the Hitchcock Nature Center in Crescent, Iowa. Matthew's efforts will help the center expand its borders as it continues to restore and promote the Loess Hills of Iowa. The work ethic Matthew has shown in his Eagle Project and every other project leading up to his Eagle Scout rank speaks volumes of his commitment to serving a cause greater than himself and assisting his community.

    [[Page E80]] Mr. Speaker, the example set by this young man and his supportive family demonstrates the rewards of hard work, dedication and perseverance. I am honored to represent Matthew and his family in the United States Congress. I know that all of my colleagues in the House will join me in congratulating him on obtaining the Eagle Scout ranking, and I wish him continued success in his future education and career.


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