Holmdel resident Matthew Ameduri has achieved the rank of Eagle, the highest rank awarded in Boy Scouts. He and fellow Eagle, Hunter Pearl, were honored at a Court of Honor ceremony held Jan. 5, 2013 at the Holmdel Township Community Center.
Those in attendance included family, friends, honored guests, and representatives of the Monmouth Council of Boy Scouts. Matthew received a proclamation from Freeholder Dimaso declaring January 5th as "Matthew Ameduri Day" in Monmouth County. He also received a beautiful plaque and proclamation from Mayor Impreveduto.
Matthew has been involved in Scouting since the first grade when he first joined Cub Scout Pack 331. As a member of Den 3, Matthew received Cub Scouting’s 75th Anniversary Award. As a Webelo, he earned the Arrow of Light, the highest rank within Cub Scouts.
Matthew has participated in a variety of activities as a boy scout in Troop 331. He has gone on numerous field trips and overnight campouts. He travelled to Washington D.C. where he met N.J. Senator Robert Menendez and attended the 100th Anniversary Boy Scout Jamboree at Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia in 2010. He has gone to Forestburg every summer since becoming a Boy Scout, and participated in their High Adventure program.
George Joynson, President of the Holmdel Historical Society, spoke on behalf of the significance of Matthew's Eagle Project. Matthew led a team in replacing a rotted wooden fence with a new vinyl fence in front of the Holmdel Historical Society building. The idea for his project came naturally to Matthew as for years he had been looking at the dilapidated wood from a spot across the street at his school bus stop.
In order to raise the $900 needed for building materials, he held a car wash fundraiser at the Holmdel Community United Church of Christ on Main Street on St. Patrick’s Day, 2012. The car wash was so successful that Matthew was able to both pay for the fence and also make a contribution to St. Mark Soup Kitchen in Keansburg. Forty-seven scouts, parents, and friends worked 269 hours over four days in order to accomplish the project.
Matthew was elected by his fellow scouts to the Order of the Arrow, the National Honor Society of Boy Scouting. He has held the leadership positions of Patrol Leader and Assistant Patrol Leader within the Troop. Matthew has served as a Troop Guide for several years. He is currently the Assistant Senior Patrol Leader of Troop 331.
Matthew is a sophomore at Holmdel High School where he belongs to the Future Business Leaders and Eco Clubs. He plays tennis as part of the Colts Neck Boys League. He also plays guitar for the past three years in a band called Blackout.
Matthew thanks all the family, friends, and scouters who supported him along the trail to Eagle.