The Falcon Flyer

Ben Matson, Writer

“Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardship and decide not to surrender, that is strength”.-Arnold Schwarzenegger 


Ben Matson was born in Washington on July 13th 2001 and was raised in Battleground, WA. with his older brother and sister. He now has two cats and a dog. Ben enjoys spending his time outdoors, especially hiking in the summer or surfing under the sun in California. 

Matson is also a very athletic guy. He enjoys lots of different sports and helps multiple Prairie teams by playing football in the fall, wrestling in the winter, and competing in baseball in the spring. He absolutely kills it in all three. Being a senior this year he has learned a lot about this school and his favorite part is the positive atmosphere created by all the students here at Prairie. His favorite subject at Prairie is history. He states, “I like learning about the past and try to make a better future”. His favorite teacher at school is one of the best history teachers known to prairie, Mrs. Bump. Matson likes Mrs. Bump because of how interactive she makes all of her lessons and how easy she makes everything to understand and easily retain information. He took journalism this year because it sounded very interesting and he is hoping to better his communication skills with other people at prairie. 

Communication is something very important in Matson’s life, which is why snapchat is his favorite app, and why he enjoys the high school experience so much. His favorite show is Friends because it is really funny and he loves how the characters act around each other and have fun. He also likes that they all are so close with each other and no matter what they have each other’s backs. He feels like he has a personal connection with Joey, because they are both kind of gullible, bring lots of entertainment to a group of people, and they are a joy to be around. 

After high school he hopes to continue his education path at WSU Pullman and after college he is hoping to start his own construction business. Matson says his favorite animal is a lion because they are the king of the jungle and his favorite sports team is the Seattle Seahawks. He likes the Seahawks because he was born and raised in Washington and he is hopping on the bandwagon.

 Matson says he is inspired by Inky Johnson because he had a career ending sports injury and decided to turn his life in a positive direction and is now a motivational speaker. This is really inspiring to Ben Matson because  he knows you don’t have control over injuries or what happens on the field, but you do have control over how you react and how Inky Johnson reacted was amazing to Matson and is something he looks up to. Matson, similar to Inky Johnson, is also a great person to look up to because he has so many leadership qualities and is a great friend. Matson is a cancer sign in the astrology world and even though he doesn't believe in anything like that, it does say a lot about him. Matson is a very loyal guy and friend and it makes him so special. He is also a very sympathetic person which makes him very trustworthy and shows he cares. Matson is an overall amazing athlete, friend, and person to everyone he meets. 

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