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Story Last modified at 8:54 p.m. on Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Matthew Newkirk


Matthew Newkirk

Occupation: Chugiak High sophomore

Hometown: Chugiak

In the Spotlight because: Matthew Newkirk of Troop 215 will be awarded Eagle Scout, Scouting's highest honor. The Eagle Scout Court of Honor will be held at 7 p.m. April 29 at the United Methodist Church of Chugiak on the Old Glenn Highway. The public is invited.

To earn the rank of Eagle, Newkirk had to earn 21 merit badges, serve in positions of leadership within his troop, and do a community service project. He has served as: assistant patrol leader, patrol leader, librarian, and senior patrol leader of his troop. His service project was to build a set of outdoor stairs at the United Methodist Church that allows people to go from the upper parking lot to the lower parking lot. Due to an exceptionally rainy summer, the project took most of the summer to complete.

Newkirk is the son of Ken and Donna Newkirk of Chugiak. He is finishing his sophomore year at Chugiak High School, where he was on the Nordic Ski Team. He attends the United Methodist Church of Chugiak, and is active in the church youth group. He hopes to work as a Den Chief at Camp Carlquist this summer.

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This article published in The Alaska Star on Wednesday, April 20, 2011.

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