Eagle Scout Ryan Martin receives much praise

Scoutmaster Garth Smith, right, presented Ryan with the Eagle Scout certificate. (Photo courtesy of Chuck Mahaleris)

Submitted by Chuck Mahaleris

Leaders of government and civic organizations heaped praise on teenager Ryan Steven Martin during his Eagle Scout ceremony held on August 25, at the Winslow Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #8835.

Eagle Scout Ryan Martin, left, received a Certificate of Recognition from the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Winslow VFW Post #8835 Commander Wayne Vashon made the presentation. (Photo courtesy of Chuck Mahaleris)

“I am so grateful and honored to have been invited to this event tonight to honor Ryan Martin,” Winslow Town Manager Erica LaCroix said. “My cousin is an Eagle Scout and I understand what a huge achievement this is. I’m amazed at how many Eagle Scouts are actually in this room with us but look at how many others are here and have never achieved that status. It is truly a great accomplishment.”

Ryan received a Legislative Sentiment and U.S. flag that had flown over the State House, in Augusta, from State Senator Scott Cyrway, of Albion, and State Representative Cathy Nadeau, of Winslow. “Your hard work is commendable and exactly what our nation needs,” Cyrway said.

Ryan also received certificates of recognition from both the American Legion and the VFW but it was his Scoutmaster Garth Smith who presented him with his Eagle Scout certificate.

For his Eagle Scout project, Ryan led a team to build benches and chairs which are now located around the Town of Winslow for the enjoyment of the public. LaCroix said, “The benches and chairs that you did for your project will be enjoyed for years to come by both residents and visitors alike. Wonderful work and the town appreciates that you chose us to benefit from your service. We wish you all the luck in your future and we hope to keep you in Winslow for a very long time.”

Ryan, son of Diane and Steve Martin, just graduated from Winslow High School in the spring and will begin classes at Husson University, in Bangor, shortly, where he is enrolled in the 5-year accelerated program for Accounting and MBA for financial management. “My ultimate vision in life,” Ryan said, “Is to be the person who helps those around them and shows others their full potential. I have tried to do this throughout my life up to this point whether it was serving as Senior Patrol Leader for the troop or just being that stranger at the store who helps someone load their groceries. I will always hold the Scout Oath and Law close to my heart where all core values should be in life.”

State Senator Scott Cyrway, left, and State Representative Cathy Nadeau presented Legislative Sentiment to honor Ryan from the entire Legislative body. (Photo courtesy of Chuck Mahaleris)


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