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Type of high school student every teacher loves to teach

FROM MARIA BARROWS: Wood Ridge High School Guidance Counselor

Matthew Killen was the type of high school student every teacher loves to teach. He was bright, motivated, athletic, and always went above and beyond what was required of him. His classmates naturally gravitated to Matt’s sunny personality.

A lover of Science and Math classes, Matt challenged himself throughout his four years of high school, always knowing he would pursue a degree in the medical field. During his sophomore year of high school, Matt was lucky to travel to Alabama during his Spring break and witness a surgical procedure first hand. When he returned to school, more excited than I ever saw him, Matt shared with me every detail of what he saw.

This experience helped cement Matt’s passion and desire to study medicine because his life’s dream was to help help people.

Heaven can’t wait

A star shining in a universe
Far away
My heart knows that we shall meet again
Some sweet day

And you, you will be the flame that burns
In my breast
And oh, I know just by knowing you
I was blessed, yes I was truly blessed


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Why Family Matters

Twelve Point Creed

By Matthew Markham Killen

  1. I believe in myself.
  2. I believe in those who work with me.
  3. I believe in my friends.
  4. I believe in my family.
  5. I believe that God will lend me everything I need with which to succeed if I do my best to earn it through faithful and honest service.
  6. I believe in prayer, and I will never close my eyes in sleep without praying for a divine guidance to that end; that I will be patient with other people and tolerant with those who do not believe as I do.
  7. I believe that success is the result of intelligent effort and does not depend upon luck or sharp practices, or double crossing my friends, fellow men, or my employer.
  8. I believe that I will get out of life exactly what I put into it, Therefore I will conduct myself towards others as I would want them to act towards me.
  9. I will not slant those whom I do not like.
  10. I will not slight my work, no matter what I may see others doing.
  11. I will render the best service of which I am capable because I have pledged myself to succeed in life, and I know that success is always the result of conscientious and efficient effort.
  12. Finally I will forgive those who offend me, because I realize that I shall offend others and I will need their forgiveness.