Matthew Wilson Martin
|Also Known As:||"Marty", "Marto", "Eagle"|
|Birthplace:||Martin Army Hospital, Fort Benning, Chatahoochie, GA, USA|
About Matthew Wilson Martin
I will update this at a later time. In the meantime, here's some of my political and acting resumes:
Political resume: I started early, joining cub scouts while I was in first grade. That's what really got me started in leadership positions. Since then, I've been highly involved in school, serving on the entertainment committee for the first year having a mini-thon at Mechanicsburg High School. On July 14, 2007, I earned my Eagle Scout award-something characterized as the greatest achievement any person can earn. That summer, I attended Keystone Boy's State, which is a week-long government camp, hosted by the American Legion for boys going in to their senior year of high school. While at Boy's State, I was elected to the Senate, and later appointed as the Secretary of the Senate. My City at Boy's State earned Honor City, which is a great honor given by the American Legion for the City that most exemplifies political ambition, community service, maturity, things of the like. During that time, I was also involved in the Order of the Arrow (The National Honor Society of Boy Scouts). There are three ranks within the Order. When nominated, one goes through an ordeal, and then becomes an Ordeal member. After 10 months, they have the opportunity to seal their membership within the Order by becoming a Brotherhood member. After two years of being a Brotherhood member, one is eligible to be nominated to become a Vigil Member, which is a very high honor. Every year, each lodge is allowed to nominate 10 percent of how many registered members are in the lodge. I became a Vigil Member, and was given the Lenne Lenape name of "Mochgamen," which is translated to "Finder." My name is a true statement, in that I go out and find the answers to problems. I do it in angles that people don't expect, and sometimes even come up with new ideas on how to fix things. I've also had leadership positions in the Order of the Arrow. I served for 2 years as the Vice Chapter Chief of the Adventure District, which is the biggest Chapter/District in the Keystone Council. I then served as a little over one year as the Chapter Chief. My role as Chapter Chief and Assistant Chapter Chief was to go around to almost every troop in the district and hold Order of the Arrow (OA) elections. I was also to communicate with each troops' OA Reps. While in the position of Chapter Chief, I had the opportunity to teach people how to be a proper Chapter Chief within the Northeast Region's section, NE-4C, which consisted of 6 lodges all over Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia. Other positions I held in the OA were the Dance team Chief. The Order of the Arrow is commonly characterized as doing things in symbolism alongside Native American history, so we would go to banquets, summer camps, special events, etc and have dances. I was the one who organized that. My favorite event that I helped organize was when we danced at the Kipona festival in Harrisburg. I was also a member of the ceremony team. What we did was exactly what we were called. We had ceremonies for all the ordeals, brotherhoods, and occasional special events (i.e. reorganization). I also served as the 85th anniversary chairman, where I approved the event patches for the year, and created interesting games. Another role I filled was a member of the patch committee with my other two brothers. We created a patch for the National Order of the Arrow Conference (NOAC). It was the best patch ever created within our lodge, and the gold borders are worth over $100. The final role I filled was the second Vice Chief. My role as the Second Vice Chief consisted of organizing the two ordeals that happened annually. They are typically the biggest event for the lodge. I also helped with getting legislation within the bylaws passed. One of the last things I did as a youth member of the lodge was attend the National Leadership Seminar (NLS). I learned a lot, and it really helped develop me to becoming a better leader. After I graduated, I had earned a full ride ROTC sholarship to McDaniel College in Westminster Maryland (which is known for the best small school ROTC program in the country), and was all set to go, but if I wanted any custody of my son whatsoever (which of whom I finally won after a 2+ year battle), I had to commute to go to college, so I decided to attended the third greatest community college in the country, Harrisburg Area Community College (HACC). During my first semester there, I was elected to the Student Government, and then appointed as the Secretary. I had to resign however, beginning my second semester, so I could concentrate more on my studies. I got elected again during my third semester there. The two years that I was in SGA were known as the most successful in the history of the college. Not only did we turn the students' perspectives from disapproving SGA to approving them by doing a lot for the students, but we also furthered our relationship with the faculty, administration, maintenance, etc...My first semester serving in SGA, I was in the Community Involvement and Ethics Committees. The joint wide committees that I was a part of during that year were the Buildings and Grounds and the Safety and Security committees. Joint Wide committees consist of 2 students college-wide (not just the Harrisburg Campus), and members from the faculty, administration, and maintenance, etc...Since I was not a part of SGA during my second semester, I still attended the meeting, and was dubbed as the person with the best catchphrase of the year, stating that my purpose for attending every meeting was "I just want to know what's going on." During my second year in SGA, I was a part of the Community Involvement, Ethics, Academic Procedures, and Budget Committees. The joint wide committee that I was a part of was the APSA, which is the Academic Policies of Student Affairs. It's the committee that deals with the Academic Procedures and College Policies of all of the campuses. Also during my second year, I started out as the Secretary of the Students of Wildwood Activities Team (S.W.A.T.), but was quickly promoted as the Treasurer,serving as the Chief Fiscal Officer of a budget of $28,000, since the Vice President stepped down. During the beginning of my fourth semester at HACC, the Vice President fell under some academic issues, so I was automatically appointed as the Vice President, and that's where I found my forte. S.W.A.T. hadn't been doing very well in the past few years, and the President and I worked closely to make it better. One thing I should mention is that there are three groups on the campus that are known as the "Big three." That's SGA, S.W.A.T., and The Fourth Estate, which is the school newspaper, so I was already a part of 2 of the big three. I was also the Treasurer of the HACC Dance Crew, which I was a regular member of for my first year, and unfortunately, we couldn't get to meet throughout the year, but should get started up soon. (It was a new club my first year, so it's still trying to get started up and build interest). I was also a member of the Drama club for both years and the Christian Student Fellowship (CSF) for both years. CSF does there order of succession a little differently than the other clubs. They switch the order of importance between the Treasurer and the Secretary. I was elected as the Treasurer for my upcoming Fall 2010/Spring 2011 year, but the Secretary is moving, so I will be named as the Secretary. Another club I was a part of were the Outdoors Club. Something new we did during my second year at HACC was the Campus Ambassador Program (CAP). I was a vital part in being a part of that. It is a group of individuals (Students and alumni), to get the new students interested in the activities that go on during campus. I am an avid believer in getting everyone out of the "apathy" way of life. I believe that "everyone" should be involved in at least something. Also as a HACC student, I got to sit on a panel alongside a member from the Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts and a member from the League of Women Voters, asking questions to the candidates running for Supreme Court Justice of Pennsylvania. I also got to participate in Lobby Day twice. Lobby Day is where the students from the community colleges in Pennsylvania came to the state Capitol to lobby for funding for community colleges. The second time I went, I got to speak on behalf of the community colleges as the press conference. In July 2008, one of the Upper Allen Township Commissioners suggested to me, that I apply for a position on the Park and Recreation Board for the Township, which I did, and in January 2009, I was appointed as a member. In June of 2010, I was appointed as 1 of 2 members on the Park and Recreation Board to sit on the Upper Allen Township Steering Committee. In November 2009, I decided to run for Mechanicsburg Area School Board. I got enough votes, so in December of 2009, I got sworn in, and have been serving faithfully on the School Board since. One position that the President gave me was the HACC Delegate, so I'm the liaison for both. I've done more work as the HACC delegate (because I know what's going on there) than the other HACC delegates in the past have done. My most recent thing that I still am currently doing is interning for Tom Corbett. I'm having fun with that, and I can't wait until he wins the seat of Governor. That brings me to campaigning I have done. I've campaigned for Lynn Swann, Rick Santorum, John McCain, and even my dad, who ran for a District Judge position, who beat out the incumbent by a huge margin of votes. I have participated in every election since I was 17 years old, helping people vote. This most recent election, the Judge asked if I would be interested in being the Judge of elections, and I said, "yes," so that is a new task that I will be taking on. I know there are other things I've done, so I will constantly update this.
Acting resume: Along with my political resume, I've done some things in the acting realm as well. My interest in acting started in second grade, where I performed in a production of Peter Pan as the First Mate. My teacher put on tons of plays when I had her for first grade, and then later on that year. I ended up taking over 15 acting camps at HACC between 5th and 12th grade. When I was in 8th grade, I auditioned for a production of "Heidi" at Dreamwrights Youth and Family Theatre in York, and although I didn't get a part in the play, they still allowed me to be a part of the crew. The following year, I auditioned for their production of "Once Upon A Christmas" (a mix between "Cinderella" and "The Emporer's New Clothes"). I played the part of Roland, who was a servant. My 9th grade year, my high school put on the musical "Les Miserables," which is my absolute favorite musical ever, but I didn't know how to audition, and I was very shy, so I didn't get a part in the musical. My 10th grade year, I auditioned for my school's musical, "Seussical the Musical," where I played the part of a cadet and a member of the circus. My 11th grade year, my high school put on the musical "42nd Street," where I played many various roles. My Senior year, my high school put on "Thoroughly Modern Millie," where I played a couple of small roles, including Ira Gershwin. Also during my Senior year, I decided to audition for the Fall Play, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland," where I pretty much made my twin brother audition with me, so we easily got the parts of Tweedledum and Tweedledee. I played Tweedledum, and we easily stole the show. I also played the role of Card Soldier, which I loved, because I created a unique character choice for the character. In 2004, 2005, and 2006, I got sucked in to a scam, "The Great American Model and Talent Search," which is held in Pittsburgh every year. Nothing happened from it for me, and the most anyone ever gets are commercials, and sometimes TV shows. However, in 2007, I became a member of Barbizon, which is a full service modeling and talent agency. Through Barbizon, I went to the International Model and Talent Association (IMTA), the largest modeling and talent search in the world. It's where people like Ashton Kutcher, Sean William Scott, Eva Longoria, Katie Holmes, etc, were found. My first year there, in 2008, I got honorable mentions in the categories of "I'm ready for my close-up" (which is where you get to choose from a few phrases from movies or plays that are only a few sentences long. You have about 30 minutes to memorize it and perform it in front of thousands of people) and "Cold Read." In 2009, I earned honorable mentions in "I'm ready for my close-up" (which I only had 30 seconds to memorize because I was in the bathroom being sick [that's another story though]), "Cold Read," "Entertainment Host," "TV Real People" (which is just a commercial), "SITCOM", and one more that I can't think of at this moment, but will update when I think of it. I also got 6th place overall for young adult male actor of the year. My first semester at HACC, I was a Theatre major (I'm still taking classes, even though I'm now considered a Social Sciences major for my political science degree). In Summer/Fall 2009, I auditioned for Theatre Harrisburg's production of Mister Roberts, where I learned to love acting again. Later on, I had the opportunity to be a part of a Christian music video for a band named "Armed Conflict." We are actually still in the process of filming that. In the Spring of 2010, I was in a musical called "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" at Oyster Mill Playhouse. In May/June of 2010, I took part in a Christian evangelical movie called "The Message." I played the part of the Youth Pastor. I may have missed some things in my acting resume as well, so as I think of what I've done, and/or I continue with what I'm doing, them I will update it.
Other things I forgot to mention-I was in Student Council from 8th grade all the way up to my Senior Year in High School. I was also the Republican nomination for President on u4prez in 2008. For acting I was in an improv play in October, and I got to take part in a radio drama play in June. That's all I can think of at this moment.
This is Kayla's version of our engagement-I had a little input with it: On October 8, 2011, around 9:15am, Matthew, Jacob, and I ventured away from my cabin in Wellsboro down the road for a walk to the beautiful waterfalls. For some odd reason, Matthew was being very sentimental towards me. About 100 feet down the road, Matthew randomly said that he had to run back to his car to get a water bottle. I teased him about it. He sang our song, "In the Still of the Night" twice to me while we were walking. We were all being silly. Little did Matthew know that I had a slight hunch about what was going on, and I was quite nervous myself. I had also kept persisting that we go back because I was "tired." We finally arrived at the spot where we were to enter into the woods which were at the crossroads. We went in and started walking. The woods is kind of treacherous in some places, and it can be very difficult to get to where you want to go. After much struggle, Matthew and I found our way (with little Jacob of course) to the first clearing in which we had to cross some water. We laid down some stones, even though Matthew had Jacob in his arms, and made it across with minimal water "damage" to our clothes (We must be reminded that Matthew is an Eagle Scout ;) ). I kept wanting to go back (I wanted to push his buttons to see if I knew what was going on). Matthew kept saying no because he wanted it to be a tradition and he really wanted to see the waterfalls, even though he had seen them last year. I kept thinking something was up. After the second "stone bridge" we made, we took a small rest, but when we moved on, I left the water bottle there because I didn't think it had any significance. We climbed a cliff/hill and carefully descended around the trees and made it to our final stop, the waterfalls, all while Jacob was being carried by Matthew. He wanted to take some pictures and I kept getting more nervous. I was more nervous that he wasn't going to propose to me! He realized that the bottle was gone so he went back quickly to get it. After he returned he told me that he wanted to keep this a tradition and keep seeing the waterfalls each year. He then asked me to sit down and take off my socks and shoes and he did the same so I wouldn't feel odd (Don't worry, we didn't get wet because we sat on dry slate that was next to the waterfall). He then said he wanted me to be included in his family and he wanted to wash my feet. As he did he invited me into his family and into the Martin home. Then....he got down on one knee, pulled out that beautiful little box, and asked me: "Kayla Kathleen Roush, will you marry me?" :) I, of course, said yes, with plenty of tears, laughter, and smiles!!! :) We got so caught up in the excitement and shock of it all that Matthew actually forgot to put the ring on my finger and I had to remind him! We then took lots of pictures of each other and the waterfalls and headed back. Hope you all enjoyed the story ;)