A: The main reason I got my Eagle Scout was that once I was in the Scouts, I knew I couldn't stop. People would tell me not to quit, but I knew I would never quit. It's because I've done everything in Scouts, I had been in Scouts for so long, that I had to have an Eagle Scout badge because I've just been in it for so long. I was in Boy Scouts for seven years and Cub Scouts for six years so I've been in it for 13 years.
My Eagle Scout project was that I built the stairs at Wallace Falls. There were stairs there before, but we brought in newer materials. There were 30 stairs made from 8-by-8 pieces of lumber that were 2 feet long.
That project was motivating. I had looked at doing it for a couple of years but I thought I was not going to get enough money. I asked friends and family to help pay for the stairs and that project just kind of motivated me. All the other projects, they were just not as challenging as that one.
Q: Would you change your name if you could, and why or why not?
A: I don't think I would change my name. It's kind of cool being Eagle. It's the kind of name that's different; you don't hear it that often.
Q: How do you know when someone has picked up on the fact that your name is an aptonym?
A: Not too many people say anything about it. I've got a couple of my friends who, when they saw me in the paper, when The Herald wrote about my Wallace Falls project, and some of my Scout friends picked up on it, but I haven't really run into too many people who have picked up on it.
Q: How do people react? Do they get it? Any funny stories as a result?
A: I guess the Wallace Falls project motivated me, and I always thought it really would be a disappointment if people would ask me later in life if I was ever an Eagle Scout, and if I hadn't become one then I'd have to tell them no, I didn't quite make it, I only got to the level below that, Life Scout.
So there was no way I could possibly go through life without being an Eagle Scout.
I'm going to Everett Community College and then I'll be transferring to the University of Washington to study environmental science slash forestry. Probably then, people will be picking up on my name a lot more.
Theresa Goffredo: 425-339-3424; firstname.lastname@example.org.
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