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April 5, 2005
Contact: Donald Haider-Markel, (785) 864-9034.

25 KU students earn college credit as public service interns in Topeka

LAWRENCE -- Twenty-five University of Kansas undergraduates are earning college credit this semester working in public service internships coordinated through KU's political science department.

The program was established in the 1960s to give students a chance to work with Kansas lawmakers and service agencies. Students can earn three to nine credit hours for the internships, which usually run from mid-January through late April of the spring semester.

Donald Haider-Markel, KU associate professor of political science, and Mary K. Galligan, assistant director for information management of the Kansas Legislative Research Department in Topeka, are in charge of the program this year.

Interns usually spend two days in Topeka learning how state government works by participating in activities such as monitoring committee meetings, researching policy issues, tracking bills and writing to constituents. Most students also are enrolled in a seminar class that meets weekly at the Capitol and features guest speakers on legislative issues, processes and reporting.

Student interns and their hometown, major, level in school, parents' names (when available), high school and internship assignment are:

From Winfield
Zachary S. Coble, sophomore in pre-journalism, son of Van and Jeannette Coble; Winfield High School; Rep. Judy Showalter, D-Winfield.

From Garden City
Adrienne Marie Colcher, freshman in political science, daughter of Anita McGraw; Garden City Senior High School; Rep. Stephanie Sharp, R-Lenexa.

From Leawood
Taylor Homan Simmermon, senior in political science with a history minor, son of Rene Grissom and Ed Simmermon; Shawnee Mission East High School; Gov. Kathleen Sebelius; constitutent services.

From Lenexa
Jennifer Nichole Lyon, junior in international studies and political science, daughter of Paula Sorg; Olathe East High School; Sen. Jay Emler, R-Lindsborg.

From Olathe
Tai James Vokins, senior in political science; Shawnee Mission South High School; Rep. Barbara Ballard, D-Lawrence.

From Overland Park
Emily Kate Mueller, junior in pre-business administration, daughter of John and Carol Mueller; Shawnee Mission South High School; Rep. Terrie Huntington, R-Mission Hills.
Brian Michael Nye, junior in communication studies and political science; son of Mike and Jana Nye; Shawnee Mission East High School; Rep. David Huff, R-Lenexa.

From Overland Park and Olathe
Danielle Nichole Davey, senior in political science and psychology, daughter of Vickie Miller of Overland Park and Steve Davey of Olathe; Shawnee Mission Northwest High School; Rep. Nile Dillmore, D-Wichita.

From Shawnee
Ashley M. Wendler, senior in political science, daughter of Monte and Patricia Wendler; Shawnee Mission Northwest High School; Rep. Sue Storm, D-Overland Park.

From Sterling
Joshua Adam Bender, junior in history and with a chemistry minor, son of Michael and Diane Bender; Sterling High School; Rep. Bob Bethell, R-Alden.

From Hutchinson
Jonathan Lee Ricke, senior in political science and with a philosophy minor, son of Darrel and Judy Ricke; Nickerson High School; Rep. Bonnie Huy, R-Wichita.

From Wichita
David Patrick Damm, sophomore in political science, son of Larry and Helen Damm; Bishop Carroll High School; Rep. Mario Goico, R-Wichita.
Landon John Vermillion, senior in political science, son of Alan Vermillion and Renee Vermillion; Maize High School; Sen. Roger Pine, R-Lawrence.
Danielle Elaine Wiant, senior in women's studies, daughter of Janice Wiant-Williams; Wichita High School Northwest; Sen. Greta Goodwin, D-Winfield.

From Topeka
Haley Orella Harrison, junior in journalism and mass communications (news and information emphasis), daughter of David and Mellody Harrison; Topeka West High School; Rep. Kevin Yoder, R-Overland Park.
Kevin William Mechtley, junior in political science, son of Ken and Marsha Mechtley; Topeka High School; Pat Hubbell, lobbyist.
Samuel Aleksandr Schneider, freshman in English, son of Dave and Lisa Schneider; Cair Paravel-Latin School; Rep. Dick Kelsey, R-Goddard.

From Kansas City
Jennifer Ashley Brown, senior in political science, daughter of Hubert Brown; Sumner Academy of Arts and Science; Rep. Judy Morrison, R-Shawnee.

From Waterloo
Amy Catherine Probst, senior in history, daughter of Catherine Strempke; Columbus High School; Rep. Vaughn Flora, D-Topeka.

From Carmel
Elizabeth Anne Moss, senior in political science, daughter of Al and Becky Moss; Carmel High School; Rep. Brenda Landwehr, R-Wichita.

From West Townsend
Christopher William Fields, junior in political science, son of David W. and Carol A. Fields; North Middlesex Regional High School; Sen. Pete Brungardt, R-Salina.

From Kansas City
David Clark Marker, senior in political science, son of Dennis and Susan Lordi Marker; Blue Valley North High School, Overland Park; Rep. Larry Powell, R-Garden City.

From Lee's Summit
Ryan C. Doherty, senior in political science with a leadership studies minor, son of Gayle Lee Doherty; Lee's Summit Senior High School; Rep. Clay Aurand, R-Courtland.
Kelly Rae Richey, senior in journalism and mass communications (strategic communications emphasis), political science anad pre-law, daughter of Rodney and Sherri Richey; Hayden High School, Topeka; Rep. Clay Aurand, R-Courtland.

From Arlington
Bryan Kevin Behgam, senior in political science, son of Roger and Beverly Behgam; Pantego Christian Academy; Rep. Paul Davis, D-Lawrence.


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