18-year-old receives Eagle Scout award
More than 10 years after he started his Scouting journey, a former Marietta resident recently attained the Eagle rank.
Matthew McKenna Dyar, 18, joined the Boy Scouts when he was in the first grade in Marietta. Part of the reason for joining was because the organization focused on helping other people.
“For starters, I’ve always liked the concept of doing your own job and having your own accomplishments help others,” he explained.
To attain the rank of Eagle, a candidate must earn 21 merit badges and successfully complete a service project benefiting his community, said Matthew’s mother, Kelly Blazosky.
“To us, it provided a great interaction with an organization that gave instruction on great life skills,” she said. “He really enjoyed it and stuck with it. When we moved to upstate New York, he wanted to stick with it and transferred to a troop here.”
As his service project, Dyar helped refresh the four entry points to his Barneveld, N.Y., community.
“We go into communities we live in and ask what jobs need done that could be helpful for the town,” he explained. Barneveld went from a village to a hamlet and they spruced up signs into the community.
“We redid them,” he explained. “Restained and put up new signs and put up planters underneath.”
He said with the help of community members, the job took only about four hours.
Blazosky said her son has always been active in Scouting, even though he was busy with high school activities. He played basketball, football and baseball, along with playing violin in an orchestra from third grade through his junior year.
“I’ve always found time for (Scouting) and I’ve always liked to help,” Dyar said.
Only 4 percent of Scouts achieve the Eagle rank, and Dyar is the 111th Eagle Scout in his troop’s history.
Blazosky said they were very fortunate in that Dyar had amazing leaders throughout his years in the Scouts.
“We’re fortunate they were very dedicated to the Scouting and the principles of Scouting,” she said. “They were very strong leaders.”
Dyar graduated in June from Holland Patent High School and plans to attend Morrisville State College in Morrisville, N.Y. He will study environmental science and natural resource conservation.
He is the son of Joe and Kelly McKenna Blazosky of Barneveld, and Tom and Karen Schwendeman Dyar of Fleming. He is the grandson of Margaret Dyar, Ralph and Teresa McKenna, and stepgrandson of Marie Blazosky of Marietta.
Michele Newbanks can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.