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Man with regional ties receives appointment to West Point Academy


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Robert Benton Barber of Belden, MS has been accepted as a member of the United States Military Academy at West Point Class of 2019.
Benton was nominated by United States Senators Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker and also by the late United States Representative Alan Nunnelee. Benton is the son of Mr. David and Mrs. Rebecca Barber of Belden, grandson of Pat Schooley Morris of Ft. Smith, AR and Ray and Ouida Terrell of Murfreesboro, AR. Paternal grandparents are Charles and Sara Barber of Tupelo, MS. Benton is the great grandson of Louella Terrell and the late Robert Terrell of Murfreesboro, AR and the late Wallace Schooley and the late Mary Aylett Schooley of Mineral Springs, AR. Benton has established himself as a leader among his peers through his conviction and integrity.
Maintaining a four-point average and membership in the National Honor Society and Rho Kappa, the National Social Studies Honor Society, Benton has prepared himself at a consistently high academic level during his high school years.
Further evidence includes his designation as a Rotary Scholar and an ACT Scholar. Benton also served as president and vice president of Future Business Leaders of America and has also been a member of Teenage Republicans, Key Club, Interact Club, Student Council, Community Advisory Committee and WTHS News Team. As editor of Broadcast Journalism, Benton was selected as Mississippi Scholastic Press Association’s Broadcast Editor of the Year.
Competitive both academically and athletically, Benton has served as co-captain of Tupelo High School’s Coed Cheerleading Team and member of Tupelo’s lacrosse, basketball and tennis teams.
Benton has also been chosen as author of Boys’ State Best Bill and House Minority Leader, United States Military Academy Summer Leadership Experience participant and Boy Scouts’ Senior Patroll Leader and Chaplain’s Aide. He is an Eagel Scout.
An active member of his church, Orchard United Methodist Church, Benton has served as a Sunday school teacher, children’s volunteer and youth group member.
His community work includes volunteering for Salvation Army, Tupelo Nursing and Rehab Center, Natchez Trace Parkway, Traceway Retirement Community, Antoine Tannehill Good Samaritan Free Clinic and Tupelo Tornado Relief.

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