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May 4, 2005
Contact: Mary Jane Dunlap, University Relations, (785) 864-8853.

KU selects outstanding graduates to carry banners for May 22 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 22.

As banner carriers, the students will lead their school groups in the traditional march down Mount Oread at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 22, for KU's 133rd commencement 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 schools and schools they represent are listed below:

From Lawrence
Eman Ismaiel, senior in architecture, daughter of Naglaa Elnashar; East High School, Green Bay, Wis.; School of Architecture and Urban Design.

From Lawrence and Lenexa
Lindsay Michelle Paulette, master's degree student in social work, daughter of Robert and Sonja Paulette, Albuquerque, N.M.; Shawnee Mission West High School, Overland Park, Kan.; School of Social Welfare.

From Lenexa and Lawrence
Lindsay Michelle Paulette. See Douglas County.

From Lenexa and Kansas City, Mo.
Tyler J. Fox, fourth-year medical student, son of Richard Fox, Kansas City, Mo., and Deanna Fox, Lenexa; the Pembroke Hill School, Kansas City, Mo.; School of Medicine.

From Merriam
Nicolas Sean Frisby, senior in computer engineering, son of Albert and Linda Frisby; Shawnee Mission Northwest High School; School of Engineering.

From Olathe
Amy Kathleen Diederich, senior in business administration with concentration in history and marketing, daughter of Gene and Kim Diederich; St. Thomas Aquinas High School, Overland Park; School of Business.

From Olathe and Overland Park
Elaine Naomi Fukunaga, senior in piano, daughter of Ed Fukunaga, Overland Park, and Diane Fukunaga, Olathe; Blue Valley Northwest High School; School of Fine Arts.

From Overland Park
D.J. Whetter II, senior in journalism and mass communications (news and information emphasis), son of David and Jill Whetter; Blue Valley High School, Stilwell; William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications.

From Marysville
Jessica Elizabeth Powell, senior in nursing, daughter of Randy and Sherry Brown; Marysville High School; School of Nursing.

From Vermillion
Robert Wenzl, doctoral student in pharmacy, son of Ernest and Betty Wenzl; Centralia High School, Centralia, Kan.; School of Pharmacy.

From Partridge
Ruth Anne French-Hodson, senior in political science, daughter of Jim and Lisa French; Haven High School; College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

From Wichita
Emily Elizabeth Cassell, law student, daughter of Joseph and Andrea Cassell and Penelope and Blair Watson; Wichita High School East; School of Law.

From Topeka
Allison Elizabeth Draffan, senior in elementary education, daughter of Jeff and Susan Draffan; Topeka West High School; School of Education.

From WaKeeney
Jill Marie Nemechek, senior in clinical laboratory science, daughter of Richard and Carol Nemechek; Trego Community High School; School of Allied Health.

From Kansas City
Tyler J. Fox. See Johnson County, Kan.

From Midland
Amy C. Boomer, master's degree student in business administration, daughter of Robert and Marylin Boomer; Robert E. Lee High School; Graduate School.


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