Whitman Senior Awarded Scouting's Highest Honor

Left to right: Walt Whitman Principal John Murphy, Eagle Scout Andrew Martin, South Huntington Board of Education President Jim Kaden, and Vice President Nicholas Ciappetta.
Left to right: Walt Whitman Principal John Murphy, Eagle Scout Andrew Martin, South Huntington Board of Education President Jim Kaden, and Vice President Nicholas Ciappetta.

When Whitman student Andrew Martin was thinking about what his Boy Scout Eagle project would be, he knew right away he wanted to do something to give back to one of the schools that he has fond memories of. “I have a special connection to Birchwood Intermediate School,” said Andrew, now an Eagle Scout with Troop 406. “I still go and visit my teachers there. I live close-by so Birchwood has always felt like another home to me.

Andrew’s Eagle Scout project was to build an outdoor learning environment in the front of his old school so that students, faculty and community members have a comfortable place to sit, study, enjoy nature and reflect. “Becoming an Eagle Scout was the biggest accomplishment I’ve ever had. You go through so much working hard towards your goals, and you look back and go ‘Wow’ this is what I did,” said Andrew, a Whitman senior. “When I was at my Boy Scout Eagle Board of Review and they said ‘you earned it,’ that was the moment I realized just what I had accomplished.”

Andrew is undecided where he will be attending college next fall, but for now he’s enjoying his Cross County teammates and everything that Whitman has to offer. Congratulations Andrew, the South Huntington School District is very proud of you!