Scout's passion for chess prompts Eagle project
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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.
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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