Sam Knowlton participated in the American Legion Boys State of Missouri June 17-24 on the campus of the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg. He was selected based on his leadership, citizenship, academics and character during his junior year at Blue Springs High School.

The program is designed to educate and train Missouri's young leaders in functional citizenship, leadership and government. Nearly 1,000 student leaders build an entire state government in a single week.

Knowlton, the son of Scott and Lori Knowlton, was sponsored by Eastland Family Dental. His accomplishments, positions held and awards earned include: Citizen of Gambrel; member of the Nationalist Party; and Athletic Director. He also attended Journalism School while in Boys State.

Students who are juniors during the 2017-18 academic year and are interested in participating should contact their high school counselor and visit

– Staff reports