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Feb. 18, 2011
Contact: Jennifer Jackson Sanner, KU Alumni Association, 785-864-4760

KU to honor 37 high school seniors from Brown, Doniphan counties

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LAWRENCE — Students from seven Kansas high schools will be honored Wednesday, March 2, by the University of Kansas Alumni Association and KU Endowment.

A total of 22 seniors from high schools in Brown and Doniphan counties will be recognized for their academic achievements and named Kansas Honor Scholars at a 6:30 p.m. dinner and program at Doniphan West High School, 402 W. Main St., Highland.

The Kansas Honors Program celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. Since 1971, the program has recognized 114,000 scholars, who rank in the top 10 percent of their high school senior classes and are selected regardless of occupational plans or higher-education goals. Each year, the KU Alumni Association and its volunteers host 41 programs that reach all 105 counties across the state.

During the ceremony, each student will receive an American Heritage Dictionary, in both hardback and electronic versions, presented by Jamie Winkelman, assistant director of alumni programs for the KU Alumni Association.

Diana Carlin, professor of communication studies, will speak to the students and their parents and guests.

Honored students will be guests of the alumni association and KU Endowment; parents and area alumni are welcome to attend at a cost of $15 each.

Community volunteers collect reservations, coordinate details and serve as local contacts for the event. Leland and Debbie Hansen, of Hiawatha, are the site coordinators and Brown County coordinators. Mike and Pam Arnold, of Bendena, are the Doniphan County coordinators.

The Kansas Honors Program is made possible by KU Endowment and proceeds from the Jayhawk license plate program.

Doniphan West High School: Alaine Caudle Marshall Diveley and Kathrine Rush

Elwood High School: Alex Humphrey and Damien Shaffer

Hiawatha High School: Nathaniel Abeita, Cassie Binns, Landon Farrar, Katheryn Hinkle, Taylor Klover and Marie Schmitz

Horton High School: Tim Burns, Hannah Compton, Laura Jensen and Christopher McClaskey

Kickapoo Nation School: Chris Perry

Troy High School: Steven Clary and Peter Masters

Wathena High School: Shana Duncan, Andrew Euler, Jacob Singleton and Sarah Snodgrass


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