In a presentation that she described as "a letter to my 17 year-old self," Dr. Weiss reflected on the career and life choices that brought her to the stage that day.
Pingry’s Ryan Arrazcaeta ’22, Life Scout of Scouts BSA Troop 65, has accomplished a rare feat in the 110-year history of the Boy Scouts of America, something only a few hundred Scouts have done: he completed the requirements for all 137 merit badges.
How? Over 210 camping nights, 325 hiking and backpacking miles, 140 conservation service hours, 300 hours on the water, and 100 miles riding. “It just happened gradually,” he said in a press release from the Boy Scouts. “In my first year of summer camp (five weeks), I earned nearly 40 merit badges. I was totally hooked. I just loved accomplishing things and had an amazing time doing it, and when I looked back at everything I had done, I felt really proud. It might have been around the 80th merit badge that I realized that I wanted to get them all.” Now that he has done so, he adds, “It’s the journey, not the reward, that really mattered. It’s not the fact that I’ve earned all the merit badges, but the experiences I had and the friends I made along the way that count.”
Along with all of the badges, Ryan earned the National Medal for Outdoor Achievement—Silver level for Camping, Hiking, and Conservation, and Gold level for Adventure. “The highlight was the Philmont Trek and visiting over a dozen states for Scouting activities.”
The recipient of numerous other Boy Scout awards, Ryan is a member of Scouting’s National Honor Society—the Order of the Arrow—and a Leave No Trace Trainer, and serves as his troop’s Outdoor Ethics Guide.
At Pingry, Ryan is a member of the Fencing Team and Drama Tech & Music Team. He enjoys exploring, backpacking, rock and ice climbing, downhill skiing, and scuba diving. He is an avid pianist and enjoys playing a variety of music, including his own jury-awarded compositions.
Contact: Greg Waxberg ’96, Communications Writer and Editor of The Pingry Review