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June 15, 2012
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Indian Hills resident earns Eagle Scout

Matthew Alexander Tooker, 15, of Indian Hills, has earned the highest advancement award the Boy Scouts of America offers to scouts, the Eagle Scout Award.

Tooker was recognized in ceremonies at the Governor's Mansion in Carson City.

A member of Carson Valley Lions Club, Troop 411, Tooker is one of approximately four percent of all Boy Scouts who attain the Eagle rank.

Each candidate must earn 21 merit badges and successfully complete a community or church-related service project to earn his Eagle; Tooker chose to coordinate a combined community blood drive, food drive and bone marrow registration event in Gardnerville.

Tooker joined Cub Scout Pack 409 at age 7, and later earned their highest award, the Arrow of Light. He has been a member of Troop 411 since 2007. He has served as senior patrol leader and troop guide. He represented Northern Nevada at the 2010 100th anniversary National Jamboree at Fort AP Hill in Virginia. He is also a member of the Order of the Arrow, the national honor society of Boy Scouts of America. Tooker joins other outstanding American citizens who have become Eagle Scouts, among them former President Gerald R. Ford, Jr., astronaut Neil A. Armstrong, cinematographer Steven Spielberg, and the head of the F.B.I., William Sessions.

Tooker is a member of Corpus Christi Catholic Church. He is active in marching band, jazz band, and the Madrigal Singers at Douglas High School, where he will be a junior.

He is the son of Larraine and Alfred Tooker of Indian Hills.

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The Record Courier Updated Jun 15, 2012 06:42PM Published Jun 15, 2012 06:40PM Copyright 2012 The Record Courier. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.