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July 11, 2006
Contact: Bill Lacy, Dole Institute of Politics, (785) 864-4900.

Dole Institute to host 60 high school seniors for youth civic leadership program

LAWRENCE — The Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas will host more than 60 high school seniors from across Kansas who are participating in the first “Youth Civic Leadership Institute,” a program designed to foster appreciation and involvement in public service.

“Outstanding students have been chosen by their high school administrators based on the students’ commitment to civic engagement and interest in public service,” said Bill Lacy, director of the Dole Institute. “The program will consist of a variety of speakers, outings, workshops and brainstorming sessions focused on making public service at all levels accessible and understandable.”

The Dole Institute will host the free program July 12-14. Students and counselors will spend two nights on the KU campus in a residence hall.

“A highlight will be a visit to the state Capitol to meet with Kansas government leaders,” said Barbara Ballard, who is associate director for civic programming at the institute and a state representative from Lawrence’s 44th district. “Our inaugural group of Youth Civic Leadership contains some of the best and brightest of their generation. It is in our nation’s best interest that they become familiar with our system of government, and many opportunities for public service, in a way that empowers them to achieve their greatest potential.”

The students participating in this year’s Youth Civic Leadership Institute are listed below by hometown, name and school.

Arkansas CityHali McCordArkansas City High School
BelpreAudrey AllisonLarned High School
Bunker HillShayla RyanRussell High School
CarbondaleAndrew LinenbergerSanta Fe Trail High School
CheneyJenna ScheerCheney High School
CheneyCatherine YoestingConway Springs High School
ClaflinOwen PraegerClaflin High School
Conway SpringsElizabeth RauschConway Springs High School
DeerfieldErica NovakDeerfield High School
DeerfieldJacque WeberDeerfield High School
EllsworthAlexandra OlsonEllsworth High School
EudoraChristina PyleEudora High School
Great BendGarrett BlaseHoisington High School
HaysKaitlyn McReynoldsHays High School
HoisingtonJacquelyn KoesterHoisington High School
HutchinsonKelsey WyerHutchinson High School
Kansas CityChristina TanseySumner Academy
LarnedWesley OrrLarned High School
LawrenceEmily FerrierLawrence Free State High School
LawrenceMichael FonkertTonganoxie High School
LawrenceCasey HarringtonLawrence High School
LawrenceEmma HoyleLawrence Free State High School
LawrenceSally KonzemLawrence Free State High School
LawrenceKatie OrscheinLawrence Free State High School
LindsborgKlint SpillerSoutheast of Saline High School
LinwoodMary CoxEudora High School
NeodeshaRiley HallNeodesha High School
NeodeshaCrystal HammarNeodesha High School
Ness CityClint BainNess City High School
Ness CityKatherine FlaxNess City High School
OlatheKara AndersonOlathe North High School
OlatheJessica ProvenceOlathe North High School
Overland ParkJeffrey FeeBlue Valley Northwest High School
Overland ParkEmily NewportBlue Valley North High School
Overland ParkPatrick NewsumBlue Valley Northwest High School
Overland ParkMichael WaradyShawnee Mission South High School
QuinterAbbie JamisonQuinter High School
QuinterEmily SimonQuinter High School
RussellMallory MahoneyRussell High School
SalinaPatrick KuhnSalina High School Central
SeldenStephanie JuenemannGolden Plains High School
ShawneeLindsay AndrewsMill Valley High School
ShawneeAubree CasperMill Valley High School
Silver LakeNicolas MillerSilver Lake High School
St. PaulAnne McAteeSt. Paul High School
SylviaShawna MarlowFairfield High School
TopekaRyne TutuskaTopeka High School
TopekaJoseph WasingerTopeka High School
WashingtonWhitney HeitmanWashington High School
WashingtonAshley KongsWashington High School
WatervilleMarjorie CoonValley Heights High School
WheatonLora BiesenthalRock Creek Jr/Sr High School
WichitaErin BrownMaize High School
WichitaKobee BurnshireWichita Northwest High School
WichitaEvan EppersonWichita High School East
WichitaCole GillenwaterMaize High School
WichitaSarah GreenupCampus High School
WichitaWhitney IhemeWichita High School Heights
WichitaBrian KilgourWichita High School East
WichitaNina SudarsanWichita High School East


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