March 4, 2004

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Thirteen KU students participate in Washington Semester Program in 2004

LAWRENCE -- Since 1984, the University of Kansas Washington Semester Program has sent more than 400 students from KU and other institutions to the nation's capital to immerse themselves in politics, government, public affairs and the arts of Washington.

The program will celebrate its 20th anniversary with a reception March 9 in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington.

For more information, see the news release "Washington program celebrates 20 years of linking KU students to D.C." at

Thirteen KU students are participating in the 2004 program. Their hometowns, parents' names, high school alma mater (if available) and internships include:

From Atchison
William Alden Roe, son of William and Donna Roe; Atchison High School graduate; intern for Dutko and Associates.

From Andover
Greg Beuke, son of Gregory and Gayle Beuke; Andover High School graduate; intern for Sen. Sam Brownback of Kansas.

From Ottawa
Peter Kay, son of Daniel and Diana Kay; Ottawa High School graduate; intern for Rep. Dennis Moore of Kansas.

From Leawood
Jonathan Cline, son of Stephen and Nancy Cline; Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy graduate; intern for D.C. Public Defender's Office.

From Lenexa
Lindsay Hawkinson, daughter of David and Tami Hawkinson; Shawnee Mission West High School graduate; intern for Alliance for Justice.

From Olathe
Drew Gonterwitz, son of Mike and Sheila Gonterwitz; St. Thomas Aquinas High School graduate; Sen. Pat Roberts.

From Overland Park
Abdirahman Gutale, intern for Rep. Eliot Engel of New York.

From Leavenworth
Benjamin Abbott, son of Terance and Stephanie Abbott; Lansing High School graduate; intern for Rep. Dennis Moore.

From Barrington
Michael Robert Kaplan, son of Judy Kaplan; Barrington Community High School graduate; intern for Sen. Peter Fitzgerald of Illinois.

From Red Oak
Andrea Jensen, daughter of Richard and Pat Jensen; Red Oak Community High School graduate; intern for Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa.

From Rochester
Ryan Laughman, son of Richard and Eileen Laughman; Mayo High School graduate; intern for Sen. Mark Dayton of Minnesota.

From Papillion
Michael Bosserdet, son of Rod and Julie Bosserdet; Papillion-Lavista High School graduate; intern for Sen. Ben Nelson of Nebraska.

From Highland Village
Jameson Jones, son of Mary Lou Reece and Scott Jones; Edward S. Marcus High School graduate; intern for Sen. Pat Roberts.


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