Three members of Boy Scout Troop 151 will soar today, receiving their Eagle rank during an Eagle Court of Honor at 2 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church.

Three members of Boy Scout Troop 151 will soar today, receiving their Eagle rank during an Eagle Court of Honor at 2 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church.
The three are Corbin Hamilton, Bryan Andrew Mendez and William Thomas Newport.

Corbin Hamilton
Hamilton, a 2009 St. Mary’s-Colgan High School graduate, plans to major in plastics engineering at Pittsburg State University in the fall, and further his track career with the PSU track team. He participated in football and track during high school, and represented SMC for the 2009 Crawford County Youth Leadership.
For his Eagle project, he aided the Crawford County Museum by arranging the retreating and preservation of the wood railings entering into the historical buildings.
Hamilton has been in scouting for nine years. Ranks accomplished as a Cub Scout in Pack 151 were Tiger, Wolf, Bear, Webelos and Arrow of Light, while his Boy Scout ranks were Scout, Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class, Star, Life and Eagle. He has earned numerous Boy Scout merit badges, as well as many special awards and honors, including Toten’ Chit, Fireman Chit, Advanced Camper, World Conservation Award, Order of the Arrow (Arrowman and Brotherhood ranks).
Hamilton has served in several leadership positions, including Order of the Arrow Wah -Sha-She Lodge 42, Pahatsi Chapter - chapter chief, Troop 151 assistant senior, patrol leader, troop guide, quartermaster, den chief, patrol leader, assistant patrol leader, instructor and patrol leader.
One of his memorable scouting experiences was attending the 2005 National Jamboree  at  Fort A.P. Hill in Virginia.
“While attending the Jamboree, I was fortunate enough to meet up with my uncle, Lt. Col. Tim Senecaut, and he was able to give me tours around Washington, D.C., and certain areas of the Pentagon,” Hamilton said. “This probably wouldn’t have been possible without the help of my friends, family and Troop 151. This is a memory I will treasure forever.”
He also treasures being part of Troop and Pack 151.
“To me, being a scout is a combination of fun, energy, sacrifice, religion, time, talent and friendship,” Hamilton said. “All that doesn’t exist without the other.”
He will always remember the people who guided him to become an Eagle Scout.
“I appreciate them for every minute that they gave of their time to enrich my life,” Hamilton said. “My only hope is that I will be able to do the same for a fellow scout someday. I look forward to  helping my younger brother, Garrett, through the  years as he works toward his Eagle.”

Bryan Andrew Mendez
Bryan Andrew Mendez will be a senior this year at Pittsburg High School, where he has been active in the Spanish Club, boys basketball team, cross country team and track and field. He has been captain of the football team, lettered in cross country and track, and anticipates lettering in basketball this year.
He plans on pursuing a degree in architecture, first attending a year at PSU. When he reaches the age of 19, he will have the opportunity to serve a two-year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, after which he will finish his education.
For his Eagle project, Mendez cleaned up overgrowth and brush  along Lakeside Elementary School, clearing out weeds, trimming bushes and repairing some damage on a pergola in the school courtyard.
Mendez began scouting 10  years ago, first starting in Cub Pack 73, where he attained the ranks of Wolf, Bear, Webelos and Arrow of Light. In Boy Scout Troop 151 he earned the ranks of Scout, Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class, Star and Life.
He has earned numerous merit badges and special awards and honors, including Toten’ Chit, Fireman Chit, Order of the Arrow and Arrow of Light. He has served in several leadership positions, including OA troop representative, instructor, troop guide, assistant patrol leader and scribe.
“When I started on the trail to Eagle, I did not fully know what to expect,” Mendez said. “I have quickly learned it is a difficult one that, unfortunately, is not traveled by many others. I feel better prepared to face many different situations I may find myself in. I look forward to joining the ranks of those who have reached the pinnacle of scouting and have received this valued Eagle Award.

William Thomas Newport
William Thomas Newport will graduate from PHS in May 2010, and then plans to further his education in the area of construction and heavy equipment.
“I am currently investigating into my best options in receiving the necessary education needed to uphold a position with a major construction company,” he said.
He has been active three years in PHS varsity track, two years in PHS junior varsity soccer, one year in PHS varsity soccer, as well as band, Chess Club, Key Club, FCCLA and 12th Man Club.
For his Eagle project, Newport assisted the First United Methodist Church and Southeast Kansas Legal Services. The church owns the building where Southeast Kansas Legal Services operates, providing help to those who cannot afford legal aid in southeast Kansas.  The building’s metal entrance has a metal handrail running adjacent to the sidewalk, but this had become rusted with peeling paint and a section of the handrail was missing.
“The organization I was working with decided that it was an unattractive entrance for the organization,” Newport said. “It was a safety concern for those using the organization’s services. My project was to remove multiple layers of paint from the metal handrail, replace the missing section, prime the railing and repaint its surfaces.”
This took Newport and his helpers a total of 173 hours, plus the metal fabricator’s hours in preparing and execution.
Newport has been in scouting for 11 years, Cub ranks accomplished in Pack 151 were Tiger, Wolf, Bear, Webelos and Arrow of Light. Ranks accomplished in Boy Scout Troop 151 were Scout, Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class, Star and Life.
He has earned numerous merit badges and many  special awards and honors, including Toten’ Chit, Fireman Chit, Advanced Camper, World Conservation Award, Order of the Arrow (Arrowman and Brotherhood ranks), God and Me Religious Knot and God and Family Religious Award, and attended the 2005 National Boy Scout Jamboree. His leadership positions include Order of the Arrow Wah-Sha-She Lodge 42, Pahatsi Chapter - chapter chief, Troop 151 assistant senior patrol leader, troop guide, quartermaster, den chief, patrol leader, assistant patrol leader, troop instructor, OA troop representative and Mo-Kan District Cub Scout Day Camp staff. He is also a member of Venture Crew 468.
Newport said he hopes to continue in assisting with local community service projects through his church, Venture Crew and Troop 151, as well as aiding his younger brother in his scouting adventure.
“I feel that, because of scouting, I will always have an awareness towards the needs of my community and environment,” he said.