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April 16, 2013

Triton senior earns Eagle Scout rank

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Shirley Faulkner, Matt’s mother and also a middle school teacher at Triton, said that Scouting has been a family affair for years — both of Matt’s parents were Scouts, as was his sister.

“We believe his involvement in Scouts shaped his desire to always do his best and take responsibility for his actions,” said Shirley Faulkner, who credited Scoutmaster Pacenka with being a fantastic team builder who brings “unparalleled expertise to Scouting while still displaying an enthusiasm that is contagious.”

“As a family, we would like to thank all the adults of the Troop 15 for the work they do with Matt and all the Boy Scouts,” said Shirley.

Faulkner is set to head to Georgia Institute of Technology in the fall to study applied mathematics and operations research. Faulkner feels strongly that his experience with Scouting will serve him well there and in life in general.

“Being a Scout has taught me positive leadership and people skills and so many other practical skills that could not be learned in ordinary situations. I am definitely more confident and independent because of my Scouting experiences.”

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