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March 22, 2011
Contact: Jennifer Jackson Sanner, KU Alumni Association, 785-864-4760

KU to honor 35 high school seniors from Neosho and Wilson counties on April 6

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LAWRENCE — Students from six Kansas high schools will be honored Wednesday, April 6, by the University of Kansas Alumni Association and KU Endowment.

A total of 35 seniors from high schools in Neosho and Wilson counties will be recognized for their academic achievements and named Kansas Honor Scholars at a 6:30 p.m. dinner and program at the Chanute High School, 1501 W. 36th St.

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 Danny Lewis, assistant director of alumni programs for the KU Alumni Association.

Lisa Pinamonti Kress, director of admissions, 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. Bob Hosack, of Chanute, is the site coordinator. Dennis Depew, of Neodesha, also is a coordinator for the program.

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

Altoona-Midway High School: Alexandria Walker and Ely Walker

Chanute High School: Danielle Bagshaw, Erin Christiansen, Elizabeth Fehr, Taylor Gard, Ashley Gericke, Alec Haight, Jeana Lawrence, Katelyn Manahan, Deric Marr, Anrenee Reasor, Austin Rickabaugh, Mackenzey Sutcliffe, Jessica Tucker, Amy Weilert and Jordan Wiltse

Erie High School: Jonathan Bates, Marisa Hunn, Samantha Kendall, Whitney Lehenbauer and Deborah Sulenes

Fredonia High School: Mali Farwell, Olivia Jensik, Gaston Millar, Taylor Oakes and Kaitlyn Rogers

Neodesha High School: Aaron Ayers, Philip Depew, Andrew Hines, Garick Lair, Mary Welch and Jordan Wheeler

St. Paul High School: Haley Bradshaw and Erin Tuck


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