KU News Release

Jan. 26, 2011
Contact: Jennifer Jackson Sanner, KU Alumni Association, (785) 864-4760

KU to honor 36 seniors from high schools in Barton and Rush counties

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LAWRENCE — Students from six Kansas high schools will be honored Wednesday, Feb. 9, by the University of Kansas Alumni Association and KU Endowment.

A total of 36 seniors from high schools in Barton and Rush counties will be recognized for their academic achievements and named Kansas Honor Scholars at a 6:30 p.m. dinner and program at the Club at Stoneridge, 1438 24th St., Great Bend.

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 Michelle Miles, assistant director of Kansas programs for the KU Alumni Association.

Mary Ellen Kondrat, dean of the School of Social Welfare, 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. William and Mary King, of Great Bend, are the site coordinators. Perry and Krista Smith, of Great Bend, are the Barton County coordinators. Richard Barrows, of LaCrosse, is the Rush County coordinator.

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

Claflin High School: Gina Bogner and Morgan Hekele

Ellinwood High School: Charles Bookout, Jacob Christiansen, Michelle Klepper and Michelle Miller

Great Bend High School: Jonna Anspaugh, Colby Barton, Cody Behrends, Kameron Boese, Taycee Bunn, Dakota Ellis, Kade Ensley, Chasity Farr, Alby Harris, Gregory Hildebrand, Randi McAfee, Austin Morgan, Cathrine Nelson, Allison Niederee, Jeffrey Pike, Joshua Prescott, Karla Reza, MaKenzie Sauder, Ian Sheppard, Brent Stoss and Kennedy Williams

Hoisington High School: Britany Axman, Dustin Broeder, Jennifer Funk, Jordan Klima and Jordan Mooney

La Crosse High School: Steven Atteberry, Spencer Haltom and Marcus Moeder

Otis-Bison High School: Michael Hlavaty

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