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October 28, 2005
Contact: Diane Silver, senior editor, (785) 832-7363.

Chancellors Club Scholars named for 2005-06 academic year

LAWRENCE -- Sixteen University of Kansas freshmen have received top honors as the Chancellors Club Scholars for 2005-06. The Chancellors Club, the major-donor organization at the Kansas University Endowment Association, finances the renewable scholarships, which recognize National Merit finalists who have outstanding high school records. Eight students from Kansas high schools and eight from out of state have been added to the roster of Chancellors Club Scholars.

The Chancellors Club has awarded the scholarships since 1979, and this brings the total number of students receiving the scholarships to 244.

The 2005-06 recipients are listed by hometown:

From Shawnee
Travis Arey, son of John and Stacy Arey, graduated from Shawnee Mission Northwest High School, where he was involved with the orchestra, drama department and National Honor Society. Travis won third place in a regional Japanese language competition and was a member of Amnesty International. He will major in political science.
Andrew (Drew) Bergman, son of Bart and Joanie Bergman, also graduated from Shawnee Mission Northwest High School. He was design and news editor of the school newspaper and a member of the cross country and track teams, the literary magazine staff and the Latin Club. He also volunteered with his church youth group. Drew's interests include playing bass guitar and keyboard, baseball and golf. He will major in business administration.

Stephanie Hill, daughter of Douglas and Mary Hill, another graduate of Shawnee Mission Northwest High School, was captain of the U.S. Academic Decathlon, co-captain of Categories, club officer of Science Olympiad, participant in the Knowledge Master Open competition, president of the National Honor Society, vice president of the orchestra and a member of the Latin Club. Her science research has been published in an international journal. Stephanie has been a member of the Kansas City Youth Symphony for six years. She will major in chemistry.

From Overland Park
Grace Hsu, daughter of George and Mei-ling Hsu, was schooled at home. She served as an English tutor for Chinese immigrants, participated in church youth group activities and was a member of the Chinese Zither Club. Grace will major in design.

From Derby
Zachary Groendyk, son of David and Kathleen Groendyk, graduated from Derby High School, where he participated in debate, forensics, Scholars Bowl, Future Problem Solvers, the art club and the drama club. Zachary also was a youth leader at his church and a volunteer at the Sedgwick County Zoo. He will major in theatre and film.

From Wichita
Alyssa Boone, daughter of Janis Arnold, graduated from Wichita North High School, where she was student body secretary, president of the National Honor Society and president of the Spanish Honor Society. She also was drum major of the marching band, section leader of the concert band, principal flutist of the Wichita Youth Symphony Program and a member of the All-City Honor Band. She will major in flute performance.

Katherine (Katie) Harr, daughter of Alan and Debra Harr, graduated from Wichita East High School with an International Baccalaureate diploma. She was the National Honor Society historian and a member of the marching and concert bands. Outside of school, she was vice president of her church's youth council and was an active member of the youth group. Katie's interests include volunteering, scrapbooking, sewing, cooking, art and outdoor activities. She has not yet declared a major.

From Topeka
Kasey Moomau, son of Kurtis Moomau, graduated from Jefferson West High School, where he was secretary of Key Club and captain of the Scholars Bowl team. He also has been involved with National Honor Society, Model United Nations and the Society for Creative Anachronism. Kasey has been working to create a local branch of the Humane Society and has been helping to care for homeless animals. He will major in computer engineering.

From Conway
Rachel Williams, daughter of Dan and Cindy Williams, graduated from Conway High School, where she was involved with Quizbowl and the Film Society. Rachel is also an avid musician; she played cello and piano in several orchestras, and she also teaches cello lessons. Rachel will major in music therapy.

From Lake Zurich
Abbi Huderle, daughter of Todd and Denise Huderle, graduated from Lake Zurich Senior High School, where she was secretary of the National Honor Society and a member of the varsity volleyball and basketball teams. Abbi volunteered on several mission trips and at a children's hospital, and she helped train an autistic athlete for the Special Olympics. She will major in history.

From Iowa City
Meredith Van Natta, daughter of Timothy and Joan Van Natta, graduated from City High School, where she participated in cross country, marching band and the Model United Nations. She also organized a fund-raising organization. Meredith was a foreign exchange student to Argentina and a Spanish tutor. She has not yet declared a major.

From Jackson
Jonathan (Jonny) Orlansky, son of Steve and Beth Orlansky, graduated from St. Andrew's Episcopal School, where he was features editor of the school newspaper, student body vice president and a member of the varsity baseball and football teams. Jonny also volunteered at several local camps and was actively involved with his synagogue. He also writes his own comic strip. Jonny will major in theatre and film.

From Kansas City
Katherine (Katy) Boat, daughter of Shawn and Pamela Boat, graduated from St. Theresa's Academy, where she was co-editor of the yearbook, a member of the varsity golf team and a student ambassador. Outside of school, Katy volunteered at an elementary school. She has not yet declared a major.

Theodore (Ted) Ginder, son of Mike and Deanne Ginder, graduated from Rockhurst High School, where he was captain of the cross country team and yearbook editor-in-chief. He also was involved with the National Honor Society, Students Against Drunk Driving, the Spirit Club and the Spanish Club. Outside of school, Ted volunteered at a preschool and a retirement home and worked as a lifeguard. He will major in pre-medicine.

From Columbia
Stefan Novosel, son of Davor and Deb Novosel, graduated from Hickman High School, where he was a member of the German Honor Society and the Biology Club. Outside of school, he was involved with his church youth group and was a student director for the Columbia Aeronautics and Space Association. Stefan also assisted a University of Missouri animal sciences professor and worked as a soccer referee. He will major in architecture.

From Bartlett
Peter Ross, son of Charles and Alice Ross, graduated from Bartlett High School, where he was the Knowledge Bowl team captain and was a member of the Academic and Science Olympiad Teams. Peter also was a Boy Scout and a tutor at an elementary school, and he was actively involved in his church. He will major in chemical engineering.


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