By Paul Schmitt
Earning 21 merit badges to become an Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts is a difficult threshold to meet for anyone, but Max Tegan from Troop 925 in Two Rivers was honored Saturday as an Eagle Scout ceremony for obtaining an incredible 57 merit badges. First District Representative Joel Kitchens, a former Boy Scout himself, explains why honoring Tegan with the award was extra special.
Max, 17, is a senior at Mishicot High School and has plans to attend Edgewood College next year to pursue a career in sales and marketing, according to his mother Cathy Tegan. Down Syndrome is not the only challenge Max has faced in his life. He overcame open-heart surgeries at four-months-old that required him to receive two units of blood and two blood platelets. Tegan’s Eagle Scout program had him organized three blood drives for BloodCenter of Wisconsin that could ultimately help hundreds of people.
(photo compliments of Rep. Joel Kitchens)