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October 31, 2005
Contact: Jennifer Denny, Homecoming Steering Committee, (785) 864-5490.

KU seniors win Excellence in Community Education and Leadership Award

LAWRENCE -- Two University of Kansas seniors from Lawrence and Prairie Village won the 14th annual Excellence in Community Education and Leadership, or Ex.C.E.L., Award that provides each a $500 scholarship.

Greyson Andrew Clymer, Prairie Village senior majoring in business administration, and Jenna Sheldon-Sherman, Lawrence senior in psychology and women's studies, received the award during the Oct. 29 Homecoming football game between KU and the University of Missouri in Memorial Stadium.

A stadium crowd of more than 48,200 cheered as the 10 finalists were introduced before the awards were presented by representatives of Student Union Activities, Board of Class Officers and the Homecoming Steering Committee.

In addition to receiving the scholarship, Ex.C.E.L. winners must commit to work on a leadership conference during the school year in conjunction with the KU Student Involvement and Leadership Center.

Sheldon-Sherman represents KU on the Douglas County United Way board and directs KU's Alternative Breaks program. She was named a 2004-05 KU Woman of Distinction and received the 2005 Women's Recognition Award for Outstanding Woman in an Organized Living Group. Sheldon-Sherman is a member of Mortar Board and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. She is a Watkins-Berger Scholar and has received a Coca-Cola Scholarship for children of KU faculty since her freshman year.

Clymer is a Board of Class Officers member and is president of Phi Delta Theta social fraternity. He serves as a vice president for interfraternal relations on the Interfraternity Council. He was president of his freshman class and secretary for the sophomore class. He is a member of several honor societies including Mortar Board, Golden Key and Phi Kappa Phi.

A selection committee with representatives from SUA, the Board of Class Officers and the Homecoming Steering Committee chose 10 finalists on the basis of leadership, effective communication skills, involvement in the KU community, academic scholarship and ability to work with a variety of students and organizations. The award was established in 1991.

To be eligible, applicants must be full-time undergraduate students with an overall grade-point average of 3.0 or higher. Each student completed an application and participated in an interview, and 10 finalists were selected.

The finalists included:

DOUGLAS COUNTY
From Lawrence
Elizabeth Loraine Morel, senior majoring in chemical engineering, is the daughter of James and Renee Morel.


JOHNSON COUNTY
From Leawood
Tyler James Waldorf, senior majoring in architectural engineering, is the son of Debra Waldorf. He is a Blue Valley North High School graduate.

McPHERSON COUNTY
From Lindsborg and Salina
Ethan Montgomery Nuss, senior majoring in sociology, is the son of Jo Nuss Montgomery and Lawton Nuss of Salina. He is a graduate of Salina High School Central.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY
From Independence
Alexis Ali Bannwarth, senior majoring in strategic communications in journalism, is the daughter of David and Marlene Bannwarth. She is an Independence Senior High School graduate.

SALINE COUNTY
From Salina and Lindsborg
Ethan Montgomery Nuss, senior majoring in sociology, is the son of Lawton Nuss and Jo Nuss Montgomery of Lindsborg (see McPherson County).

SEDGWICK COUNTY
From Derby
Kyle Mathew Stearns, senior majoring in communication studies, is the son of Jim and Lynn Stearns. He is a Derby High School graduate.

From Wichita and from Highland Village, Texas
Marynell Taylor Jones, senior majoring in English, is the daughter of Scott Jones and Mary Lou Reece. She is a graduate of Edward S. Marcus High School in Flower Mound, Texas.

NEBRASKA
From Lincoln
Nicole Leigh Kansier, senior majoring in biology, is the daughter of Raymond Kansier. She is a Lincoln Southeast High School graduate.

BOLIVIA
From La Paz
Juan Araoz, senior majoring in business administration, is the son of Rebeca Riveros-Dimberg. He attended high school in Germany.

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