Hampton teen earns Eagle Scout wings
Hampton High School senior Matthew James Roth, 18, a member of the school's cross country team, recently became an Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America.
He is the son of Brian and Stacey Roth of Hampton.
Roth planned and organized a landscaping project at Dorseyville Alliance Church in Indiana Township to earn the Scouts' highest rank.
He enticed more than 20 people to donate a total 80 hours to spruce up the church grounds.
They replaced dying shrubs, for example, with new greenery, such as deer-resistant juniper and rhododendron bushes.
Roth's family joined Dorseyville Alliance Church after looking for a local house of worship that appealed to everyone in the family.
“Everybody there was really nice and welcoming,” the Eagle Scout said. “We decided to make that the church we go to every Sunday.”
Roth, who loves to camp and fish, is a member of Boy Scout Troop 138, which meets at 7 p.m. each Wednesday at Bethlehem Lutheran Church on Mount Royal Boulevard in Shaler.
“Most of the other kids in my troop had done things for the churches they attend,” said Roth, explaining how he selected the service project that helped him earn the rank of Eagle Scout.
Leaders of Dorseyville Alliance Church helped him plan the landscaping project.
“They had put money aside to redo the landscaping because shrubs had either died or just grown out of control,” Roth said.
To save the church some money, Roth offered to organize Scouts and church members to perform the outdoor makeover.
“We put in a lot of new plants,” he said. “We did a lot of weeding. We rototilled the soil. We put mulch down. We just improved, and in some cases, completely remodeled the landscaping.”
State Sen. Randy Vulakovich (R-40) and state Rep. Hal English (R-30) attended Roth's Eagle Scout Court of Honor on Jan. 4 at the church.
“I'm not sure what field I'd like to go into,” Roth said. “I was thinking about maybe joining the armed services.”
Deborah Deasy is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-772-6369 or firstname.lastname@example.org.