Samuel is the grandson of former Cory resident Marlene Mattox, and great-grandson of the late Forrest Mattox, Cory.
He is the great-nephew of Kate Gilbert, Cory, and cousin to Jean Meyer, Brazil.
Samuel has extended family throughout the Clay County area.
He has been active in Boy Scouts since joining the "Tiger Cubs" in kindergarten. He is an honor student at William Henry Harrison High School in West Lafayette, where he is active in Jazz Band, marching band, Militia band and French Club.
He plans to be the third generation of the family to attend Purdue University after graduation.
Samuel has been extremely active in scouting, earning every rank available from Cub to Eagle. He built a wooden playground for a homeless shelter as his Eagle project.
He has attended scouting camps from Tennessee to Colorado.
He has had multi-cultural opportunities in his scouting career in the West Lafayette-Purdue area, including burro racing, spelunking, black powder shooting, zip lining, panning for gold and dancing with a yak.
Last year, Samuel hiked 82 miles with a full pack and climbed Mt. Baldy at Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico.
This year, his troop will go white water rafting and hiking on the Appalachia Trail.
Samuel received an Indiana State flag and American flag that have flown over the Indiana State House from State Representative Sheila Klinker along with a framed certification from the Statehouse.
Samuel also received honor awards from Congressman Todd Rokita and West Lafayette Mayor John Dennis, and State Representative Tim Brown, as well as a handcrafted walking stick from local artisan Bob Haderle.