May 5, 2004

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Contact: Mary Wallace, School of Journalism and Mass Communications, (785) 864-4752.

KU journalism school honors 20 top students with $5,750 in awards

LAWRENCE -- The William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Kansas honored its top students during an April 21 ceremony. Dean James K. Gentry presided at the awards event in Woodruff Auditorium in the Kansas Union.

Twenty undergraduate and graduate students received awards worth a total of $5,750 in writing, editing, reporting, broadcasting, public relations, advertising and media management. Students who received scholarships will be announced by the KU Endowment Association in fall 2004.

Awards presented were:

 • Mel Adams Award for student leadership
 • John Bremner Award for copy editing, given for outstanding performance as a copy editor for the University Daily Kansan, the student newspaper
 • Walter Ewert Award and Angelo Scott Award, given for outstanding Kansan reporting
 • Gerald Funk Feature Writing Award, given for outstanding feature writing in either magazine or newspaper work
 • John Katich Award for media sales and management, given to an outstanding senior in broadcasting
 • Dana Leibengood Award for public relations, given to an outstanding senior in public relations
 • Bruce Linton Graduate Award in broadcasting, given to an outstanding graduate student in broadcasting
 • Paul V. Miner Award for Kansan editorial leadership, given to an outstanding student who served as editor or managing editor of the Kansan
 • Calder Pickett Graduate Research Award, given for outstanding academic performance by a graduate student
 • Don Pierce Award for sports writing
 • Leslie D. Polk Award for copy editing
 • Sullivan, Higdon & Sink Advertising Award, given to an outstanding senior in advertising
 • Gene Slais Award in broadcast news, given to an outstanding senior in broadcasting
 • Lee Young Award in magazine, given to an outstanding senior in the field

Students who received awards, their hometowns, parents' names, high school and award include:

HARVEY COUNTY
From Newton
Matthew Rodriguez, junior in journalism (news and information emphasis), son of Adolph and Cristie Rodriguez; Newton High School; Angelo Scott Award for Kansan reporting.

HODGEMAN COUNTY
From Jetmore
Amanda Stairrett, senior in journalism (news and information emphasis), daughter of George Stairrett; Jetmore High School; Angelo Scott Award for Kansan reporting.

JOHNSON COUNTY
Overland Park
Andrea Hughey, senior in journalism (strategic communications emphasis), daughter of Rick and Martha Gail Hughey; Blue Valley North High School; Mel Adams Award in student leadership.
Ron Knox, junior in journalism (news and information emphasis), son of Carolin Knox, Kansas City, Mo.; Shawnee Mission East High School; Walter Ewert Award for Kansan reporting.
Abby Mills, senior in journalism (news and information emphasis) and in Slavic languages and literatures, daughter of Mary Abbott and Chuck Mills; Shawnee Mission West High School; Angelo Scott Award for Kansan reporting.
Azita Tafreshi, junior in journalism (news and information emphasis), daughter of Sharon Tafreshi; Blue Valley High School; Angelo Scott Award for Kansan reporting.

From Shawnee
Frances Gorman, master's degree student in journalism, daughter of Verodine Gorman; Shawnee Mission North High School; Calder Pickett Graduate Research Award.

LEAVENWORTH COUNTY
From Lansing
Mark Ballesteros, master's degree student in journalism, son of Dominador and Roselina Ballesteros; Leavenworth High School; Bruce Linton Graduate Award in broadcasting.

From Tonganoxie
Marissa Stephenson, senior in journalism (news and information emphasis), daughter of R.J. and Karen Stephenson; Tonganoxie High School; Gerald Funk Award for magazine feature writing.

LYON COUNTY
From Emporia
Jesse Newell, sophomore in journalism (news and information emphasis), son of Dennis and Barbara Newell; Emporia Senior High School; Don Pierce Sports Writing Award.

NEMAHA COUNTY
From Seneca
Justin Lueger, senior in journalism (news and information emphasis), son of Edward and Sharon Lueger; Nemaha Valley High School; Gene Slais Award in broadcast news.

RENO COUNTY
From Hutchinson
Taylor Thode, senior in journalism (strategic communications emphasis), daughter of Sally Thode and Randy Thode; Buhler High School; Sullivan, Higdon & Sink Advertising Award.

SALINE COUNTY
From Salina
Maggie Koerth, senior in journalism (news and information emphasis), daughter of Howard Koerth and Roz Miller, Oklahoma City, Okla., and Rose and Nick Hilkemeyer, Freeburg, Mo.; Salina Central High School; Lee Young magazine award.

SEDGWICK COUNTY
From Wichita
Brent Stevens, senior in journalism (strategic communications emphasis), son of Richard and Nancy Stevens; Maize High School; John Katich Award for Media Sales and Management.

SHAWNEE COUNTY
From Topeka
Michelle Burhenn Rombeck, senior in journalism (news and information emphasis), daughter of Russell and Sheryl Burhenn; Washburn Rural High School; Paul V. Miner Award for Kansan editorial leadership.

FLORIDA
From Palm Beach Gardens, and Spring, Texas
Katie Bean. See Spring, Texas.

ILLINOIS
From Galesburg
Johanna Maska, senior in journalism (news and information emphasis), daughter of Michael and Cynthia Maska; Galesburg High School; Gerald Funk Award for newspaper feature writing.

From Vernon Hills
Ryan Greene, senior in journalism (news and information emphasis), son of Steve and Dale Greene; Libertyville High School; Don Pierce Sports Writing Award.

NEBRASKA
From Lincoln
Barbara Kullbom, senior in journalism (strategic communications emphasis), daughter of Douglas and Lori Kullbom; Lincoln Southeast High School; Dana Leibengood Award for public relations.

TEXAS
From Spring and Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
Katie Bean, senior in journalism (news and information emphasis), daughter of Kenneth and Patricia Bean, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.; Klein,Texas, High School; Leslie D. Polk Award for copy editing.

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