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GCCC's Silhouette recognized

GCCC's Silhouette recognized

Members of the Garden City Community College student media staff returned home with high honors from the 92nd Annual ACP/CMA National College Media Convention.

The Silhouette, GCCC's student newspaper, which is published every other week during the academic year, was named No. 5 Best of Show among all non-weekly broadsheet newspapers at two-year colleges in the U.S., Canada and other international participants. The Best of Show category is an on-site competition held at all ACP conventions and workshops. Only publications with students in attendance are eligible to enter. The award signifies overall excellence among attendees and entries.

The GC3 Media honors were based on the Oct. 17 edition of The Silhouette. Staff members include Josh Harbour, Anderson Lindblom, Brett Cady, Andres Rivas, Harley Torres, Jose Garcia, Justin Godwin, Brianna Jones, LaRissa Lawrie, Matthew McCallister, Thomas Mendoza, Arely Ortiz, Erika Robinson, Sean Salas, Kaitlyn Segovia and Fabiola Sierra.

Cady, Harbour, Lawrie, Mendoza and Sierra attended the conference, along with their adviser and instructor, Laura York Guy, director of Student Media & Humanities.

Guy has been an instructor and adviser at GCCC for more than 18 years. She is the president of the Kansas Collegiate Media and a member of the Board of Directors for the National Scholastic Press Association/Associated Collegiate Press. Her recent honors and awards include Distinguished Two-Year Newspaper Adviser from the College Media Association and Outstanding Faculty Recipient from the GCCC Faculty Senate.

The convention, which took place Oct. 23 through 27 in New Orleans, is sponsored by the Associated Collegiate Press and the College Media Association. It is the largest gathering of college journalists and advisers in the world. Each year, more than 2,000 delegates from four-year and two-year college and university campuses throughout the nation participate. The sponsors prepare nearly 400 practical and professional learning sessions, hands-on workshops, problem-solving breakouts and discussion groups. Other convention activities include ACP's Best of Show contest, receptions, awards ceremonies, critiques and a newspaper job fair.

Honor society inducts members

An organization that recognizes the academic achievements of multicultural students at Kansas State University has new members, including two students from southwest Kansas.

The honor society recognizes students who have reached their sophomore year, with 45 credit hours and beyond, and who have a cumulative university grade point average of at least 3.0. Transfer students at the sophomore level, who have completed one semester at Kansas State University, are also eligible.

New members of the Kansas State University Multicultural Student Honor Society include:

Natira Staats, senior in psychology, Garden City; and Gabriela Chavez, sophomore in biology, Ulysses.

WU scholarship available to grads

High school graduates from Comanche, Greeley, Wichita, Scott, Lane, Ness, Hamilton, Finney, Kearny, Ford, Gray, Grant, Stanton, Morton, Stevens, Seward, Mead, Clark, Haskell and Hodgeman counties may apply for Washburn University's $3,000 Finnup Scholarship.

Students must have a minimum high school grade point average of 2.0 to earn the Finnup scholarship and maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA while attending Washburn to renew it. The award amount is subject to change.

To apply for the Finnup Scholarship, go to or call the Washburn admissions office at (785) 670-1030. Washburn awards millions of dollars in scholarship assistance to students annually. New students must fill out the Washburn application for admissions, which includes the scholarship application, and have all transcripts and test scores on file with the admissions office prior to Feb. 15.

Students make district orchestra

Garden City High School orchestra students had their audition CDs judged recently at Hays for district orchestra.

Claire Schreiner, assistant orchestra director, and Summer Miller, high school orchestra director, took 31 audition CDs to the competition, in which 23 students qualified for district orchestra. The district orchestra concert is scheduled for Dec. 7 in Hays.

Curtis Wedel earned the coveted Concert Master spot, which is the first chair, first violin. The other GCHS students that received spots in the orchestra include: Karen Hernandez, violin 1; Shay Allred, violin 1; Kourtney Goss, violin 1; Jacqueline Castillo, violin 1; Jessie Johannes, violin 2; Hilda Hernandez, violin 2; Jaque Huck, violin 2; Erick Martinez, violin 2; Sir Dennis, violin 2; Katelyn Herrell, violin 2; Alice Lam, violin 2; Tania Carmona, violin 2; Silda Ramos, violin 2; Yoana Cruz, viola; Ashwini Kapadia, viola; Jocelyne Hernandez, viola; Austin Thill, viola; Rafael Diaz, cello; Xavier Calahan, cello; Isabel Longoria, cello; Shea Paul, cello; and Tansy Park, bass.

Debate team fares well at Colby

The Garden City High School debate team recently won the Colby Invitational Tournament, with a combined three-team record of 14 wins and one loss.

In addition, the following individual students/teams won awards: Top open speakers (tied), Mary Lynn Buchele and Oscar Romero; first place open, Buchele and Erendira Jimenez; second place open, Isac Escarcega and Ryan Sabata; fifth place open, Maggie Unruh and Maria Vicente; first place novice, Amanda Serafin and Isabel Serafin; and fourth place novice, Emily Unruh and Jacob Arellano. Local students make honor choir

Andrew Unruh and Jared Arellano from Bernadine Sitts Intermediate Center and Carole Galia and Carson Linenberger from Charles Stones Intermediate Center were chosen from more than 700 fifth- through ninth-grade voices from across Kansas for the Kansas Children's District Honor Choir.

They, along with 250 others, will perform at Century II Concert Hall in Wichita during the Kansas Music Educators Association convention in February. Tom Rishel is the choral director at both schools.

Clawson awarded FFA degree

Satanta FFA student Kurtis Clawson is among 58 from Kansas to be awarded with the American FFA degree.

Clawson was awarded with the American FFA degree at the 86th National FFA Convention on Nov. 2 in Louisville, Ky.

The American degree is the highest degree an FFA member can achieve and is awarded to FFA members who have demonstrated the highest level of commitment and made significant accomplishments in their Supervised Agricultural Experiences.

This year, out of the 3,578 American FFA degrees awarded, 58 were from Kansas.

In addition to their degrees, each recipient received a gold American FFA Degree key. FFA members who qualify for the American FFA degree have received the Greenhand, Chapter and State FFA degree; have been FFA members for at least three years; have completed at least three years of high school agriculture classes; have outstanding leadership skills; and have a record of participating in community service activities in addition to other qualifications.

Clawson is currently a junior at Kansas State University, majoring in agronomy and agricultural economics.

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