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Scout's passion for chess prompts Eagle project

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  • Matthew J. Wiewel's Eagle Scout Project taught 32 children how to play chess and provided them with free chess sets at the South Branch of the Mount Prospect Public Library.

      Matthew J. Wiewel's Eagle Scout Project taught 32 children how to play chess and provided them with free chess sets at the South Branch of the Mount Prospect Public Library.
    Courtesy Ann Wiewel

  • From left, Scoutmaster Marc Mendelsohn Troop 34 Arlington Heights, Eagle Scout Matthew J. Wiewel and Scoutmaster Mark Goodmanson at Matthew's Eagle Court of Honor Sept. 30.

      From left, Scoutmaster Marc Mendelsohn Troop 34 Arlington Heights, Eagle Scout Matthew J. Wiewel and Scoutmaster Mark Goodmanson at Matthew's Eagle Court of Honor Sept. 30.
    Courtesy Ann Wiewel

  • Eagle Scout Matthew J. Wiewel poses with his four Eagle Cakes at his recent Eagle Court of Honor.

      Eagle Scout Matthew J. Wiewel poses with his four Eagle Cakes at his recent Eagle Court of Honor.
    Courtesy Ann Wiewel

  • Eagle Scout Matthew J. Wiewel with chess pieces.

      Eagle Scout Matthew J. Wiewel with chess pieces.
    Courtesy Ann Wiewel

 
Submitted by Ann Wiewel

Matthew J. Wiewel of Troop 34 in Arlington Heights was recently awarded the rank of Eagle Scout at a Court of Honor Sept. 30 at the Arlington Heights Senior Center. More than 100 Scouts, family and friends were on hand to help celebrate the occasion.

Matthew's Eagle Scout project was held over six days at the South Branch of the Mount Prospect Public Library. He organized a crew to teach 32 children how to play chess and provided them with free chess sets.

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When trying to decide on his Eagle Project, Scoutmaster Marc Mendelsohn said, "Find something you have a passion for and develop a project."

Matthew has enjoyed playing chess since first grade at St. James School. He continued through middle school at Thomas Middle School and now is a member of the Buffalo Grove High School Chess Team.

Matthew also competes in many local tournaments. This summer, he passed the United States Chess Federation test for local tournament director. He will be working the State All Grade Championship in West Chicago this fall.

Matthew also plays the trumpet in the Bison Pride Marching Band and competes in Scholastic Bowl and Science Olympiad.

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