Congratulations to parishioner and acolyte Aaron Matta, who has achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. Just two percent of Boy Scouts in the United States achieve Eagle rank.

Aaron began scouting in first grade as a Tiger Cub in Pack 98. He received his Arrow of Light award and advanced into Boy Scout Troop 679 in fifth grade.

Since joining Troop 679, Aaron has served as a Troop Patrol Leader and Senior Patrol Leader. He is also a Brotherhood member of the Order of the Arrow. Aaron has worked on numerous community projects with the scouts over his 12 years as a member.

Aaron is a three-year letterman and starting goalkeeper for the Elizabeth-Forward High School soccer team, four-year letterman on the track team in pole vaulting, a member of the Elizabeth-Forward Soccer Association, and goalkeeper for the Pittsburgh Football Club, Junior Hounds. He is on the Honor Roll at Elizabeth-Forward, an athletic scholar award winner and an all-tournament player award winner.

Aaron is a member of the co-ed volleyball team, SADD, Physics Club, Interact Club and TFIM Club, and president of the Ski Club. He has volunteered for nine years with Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh. He is a recipient of the Bishop’s Award for Service.

In his spare time, Aaron likes to snowboard, play dek hockey and go fishing. He is a certified lifeguard and is currently employed by Brandywine Agency. He will be attending Penn State Erie—Behrend College, where he will be majoring in engineering and has been recruited to play on the campus’ soccer team.