Benjamin A. Fuller American Legion Post 64 was represented by three students at Kansas Boys State, held June 7-12 at Kansas State University, Manhattan.

Benjamin A. Fuller American Legion Post 64 was represented by three students at Kansas Boys State, held June 7-12 at Kansas State University, Manhattan.
Pittsburg High School students attending were Dalton Schoonover, Matthew Newport and William Newport.
The opportunity gave participants a chance to learn leadership skills through week-long role playing exercises in all divisions of the Kansas governmental branches. They also took part in intramural sports and music.
Schoonover is the son of Mona Blancett, Weir, and Chris Schoonover, Arma.  At Boys State he portrayed the role of city commissioner.
An A/B and all-A honor roll student, Schoonover participates in football, basketball, track and Spanish Club at PHS. In addition, he is an Eagle Scout of Boy Scout Troop 151 and a member of BSA Venture Crew 468, Wha Sha She Lodge of the Order of the Arrow Brotherhood Rank and of the First United Methodist Church Youth Group.
Matthew Newport is the son of Craig and Mary Newport, Pittsburg. At Boys State, he was appointed to the Kansas Highway Patrol and played in the Boys State Band.
An AB honor roll student at PHS, he is a member of the Marching and Symphonic Band, Jazz Band, Pep Band and SKILLS, and is active in soccer and tennis. In addition, he is a Life Scout of Boy Scout Troop 151 and BSA Venture Crew 468 and Wha Sha She Lodge of the Order of the Arrow Brotherhood Rank. Newport is a member of the 2009 Kansas Lions State Bank, 2009 Kansas Masonic Band and the First United Methodist Church Youth Group.
William Newport is also the son of Craig and Mary Newport, Pittsburg. At Boys State, he was appointed to the position of director of transportation.
An A/B honor roll student at PHS, his activities include soccer, track, FCCLA and Key Club. He is an Eagle Scout of Boy Scout Troop 151 and a member of BSA Venture Crew 468, Wha Sha She Lodge of the Order of the Arrow Brotherhood Rank and the First United Methodist Church Youth Group.
All three young men have participated locally in community based volunteer events such as the Avenue of Flags, food, toy and clothing drives for Wesley House, Angel Food Ministries and Relay for Life. They were also representatives of the Ozark Trails Council 2005 National Jamboree Troop 1031.
In addition, all three attended the 2009 Appalachia Service Project, sponsored through the First United Methodist Church and conducted June 13-21 in Tennessee. ASP provides vital housing services to low-income families living in central Appalachia, as well as transformational life experiences to those they serve, volunteers offering their services, congregations involved with ASP and entire communities.