May 7, 2004

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KU selects outstanding graduates to carry banners for May 23 commencement

LAWRENCE -- University of Kansas students who have excelled academically have been selected to carry banners for KU's 13 schools and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences during commencement ceremonies May 23.

As banner carriers, the students will lead their school groups in the traditional march down Mount Oread at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 23, for KU's 132nd commencement ceremonies in Memorial Stadium.

In turn, banner bearers will join university officials on the platform as candidates from each school for the ceremonial conferring of degrees.

The students' names, hometowns, major in school, parents' names, high school alma maters and schools they represent are:

From Wellsville
Beth Nicole Deterding Dwyer, senior in pharmacy, daughter of Kermit and Cheryl Deterding; Wellsville Junior-Senior High School; School of Pharmacy.

From Edwardsville
Melissa Chandley, senior in elementary education, daughter of Mark and Martha Chandley; Bonner Springs High School; School of Education.

From Lenexa
James Voos, fourth-year medical student, son of Alan and Jana Voos; Shawnee Mission Northwest High School; School of Medicine.

From Mission
Dana Whitmore, senior in nursing, daughter of Mike and Sherry Whitmore; Bishop Miege High School; School of Nursing.

From Overland Park and Prairie Village
Kathleen Boyd, master's degree student in social work, daughter of Robert and Nancy Hutton, Prairie Village; Shawnee Mission West High School; School of Social Welfare.

From Paola
Rosann Mae Blackmore, senior in health information management, daughter of Frank and Suzann Blackmore; Osawatomie Senior High School; School of Allied Health.

From Manhattan
Andy Knopp, senior in accounting and business administration, son of Joe and Nancy Knopp; Manhattan High School; School of Business.

From Wichita
Bryan Didier, law student, son of John and Betty Didier; Bishop Carroll High School; School of Law.
Jonathan Power, senior in biochemistry, son of Kent and Elaine Power; Wichita East High School; College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

From Irvine and Corona
Amir Khosrowpour, senior in piano, son of Paul and Feri Khosrowpour, Corona; Woodbridge High School; School of Fine Arts.

From Lansing and Traverse City
Ryan Simmons, master's degree student in urban planning, son of David Simmons of Lansing and Deborah Clapp of Traverse City; Traverse City Central High School; School of Architecture and Urban Design.

From Norfolk
Adam Pracht, senior in journalism (news and information), son of Dale and Alice Pracht; Emporia, Kan., Senior High School; School of Journalism and Mass Communications.

From Omaha
Linda Schellpeper, senior in computer science, daughter of Gene and Beverly Schellpeper; Millard West High School; School of Engineering.

From Huamantla, Tlaxcala
Miguel Flores Covarrubias, doctoral student in piano performance, son of Magdalena Covarrubias Dˇctor; Xalapa, Veracruz, High School; Graduate School.


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