MANCHESTER – The Manchester Board of Education recognized MATES student and township resident Eric Lawrence Derco for earning the rank of Eagle Scout.
Eric is a member of Troop 441.
He created a 400-square-foot butterfly garden at MATES. The garden, certified as a Monarch Waystation site, contains 100 native New Jersey plants.
MATES – Marine Academy of Technology and Environmental Science – is a specialized high school in Stafford Township, part of the Ocean County Vocational Technical School district.
Eagle Scout is the highest rank attainable to members of the Boy Scouts. Only four percent of BSA members earn this rank.