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GCHS seniors named Kansas Honor Scholars

GCHS seniors named Kansas Honor Scholars

Garden City High School had 42 seniors named Kansas Honor Scholars through The Kansas Honors Program, sponsored by the University of Kansas Alumni Association.

The GCHS students include: Jeffery Bogner, Stephen Bouddhara, Kennedy Brunson, Marcela Castillo, Norma Castro-Barbosa, Colton Clark, Wa Dar, Allison Doll, Kayla Doll, Edith Dominguez, Nnadozie Ekweariri, Tomasa Espino, Andrew Fowler, Aide Hernandez, Alberto Hernandez-Martinez, Thomas Hoang, Hillary Hurtado, Chelsea Jackson, Ashlee Knemeyer, Yolanda Ledesma, Taylor Linenberger, Chaitali Marwaha, Levi Mild, Alexandra Miller, Elsa Montanez, Rebecca Nelson, James Nguyen, Austin Nichols, Kristin Padilla, Janette Parra, Khaing Pyi, Karina Ramirez, Gina Resley, Yennifer Reyes, Alisia Saucedo, Joanie Schultz, Kaylee Seyferth, Ashley Smith, Tam Ta, Nennah Vainerere, Andrea Villela and Trace Woods.

The program recognizes and awards high school seniors for academic achievements and who rank in the top 10 percent of their class. Selections are made regardless of curricula (weighted or non-weighted), majors, occupational plans or higher-education goals.

Each Kansas Honor Scholar receives a certificate, a special edition of The American Heritage Dictionary and is given the chance to qualify for a $4,000 scholarship to KU. Scholars are selected based on academic records through the previous semester that are provided by high school principals.

The Kansas Honors Program has been a KU tradition since 1971. It is designed to promote academic excellence in secondary education, to reward high school seniors for their hard work and dedication, and to support Kansas communities.

Area students earn scholarships at Emporia State

Four southwest Kansas students have received scholarships from Emporia State University.

Scholarships are helping more than 1,300 Emporia State University students attending classes this academic year.

Students from this area and the scholarships they received are:

Kristina Gerard, of Johnson City, received the Mr. and Mrs. W.A. Larkin Scholarship; Alan Kessler, of Lakin, received the Mott Family Scholarship and W. D. Ross Memorial Scholarship; Madison Landwehr, of Holcomb, received the Dr. John and Ruth Breukelman Scholarship; Mauri Steimel, of Manter, received the Mr. and Mrs. W.A. Larkin Scholarship.

For more information about financial aid and scholarships at Emporia State University, visit

KU announces December grads

The names of nearly 1,350 candidates for degrees from the University of Kansas this fall, representing 52 Kansas counties, 36 other states and the District of Columbia, and 34 other countries, have been announced by the University Registrar.

Area candidates for degrees are as follows:

Honey Hooper, of Sublette, a graduate of Garden Plain High School, received a bachelor of arts in anthropology.

Grant Holmes, of Montezuma. a graduate of South Gray High School, received a bachelor of science in pharmaceutical studies.

Carlos Munoz, of Garden City, a graduate of Garden City High School, received a bachelor of arts in Spanish and minor in business.

Morgan Numrich, of Scott City, a graduate of Scott Community High School, received a bachelor of science in business in accounting.

Erin Fulton, of Garden City, a graduate of Home School - State of Kansas, received a bachelor of music in musicology.

Because KU conducts only one formal commencement ceremony each year, many of these graduates will return May 18 for the university's 142nd commencement. However, some schools and programs conduct fall recognition ceremonies.

FCCLA members place at national cluster meeting

Members of the Garden City High School Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) Chapter traveled to CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Neb., in November to attend the largest of three regional conferences - known as National Cluster Meetings — held around the country.

Skill demonstration events were held at the conference, featuring students participating in a wide variety of competitive activities. Events included several oratory and FCCLA-specific knowledge competitions, demonstrations of college and career-ready skills in Family and Consumer Sciences, and exhibitions of culinary food art and knife skills.

Jenifer Phipps placed second in Speak Out for FCCLA, Elsa Montanez placed third in Food Art, and Lauren Sullivan placed third in Impromptu Speaking. Desiree Parr also competed in the Creed contest.

Other students attending the conference were: Jenny Nguyen, Jazmine Nelson, Alyssa Bordewick and Hanna Leiker. GCHS advisors Karen Burden and Madeline Gurney also attended the conference.

Area students graduate from Washburn

Three students from southwest Kansas recently graduated from Washburn University in Topeka.

They are as follows:

Garden City — Kelli Parr, bachelor of applied science, human services, LinC Scholar/Bonner Leader, human services.

Leoti ¬­-- Samantha Heath, bachelor of arts, theater.

Ulysses — Amber Kissell, bachelor of business administration, management and marketing.

Sunrisers Kiwanis award mini-grants to local teachers

The Sunrisers Kiwanis of Garden City visited Georgia Matthews Elementary School last month to present mini-grant checks to help teachers enhance their classrooms.

Becky Wise, science teacher, and Wynema Cessna, music teacher, received the checks during a morning assembly at the school. Wise will use a $200 grant to purchase science literature materials, and Cessna will use a $195 grant to purchase music literacy materials.

KSU Phi Kappa Phi chapter recognized

More than 100 Kansas State University students and one professor are new members of one of the best chapters of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation's oldest and most selective collegiate honor societies for all disciplines.

The university's chapter of Phi Kappa Phi has received Chapter of Merit status. The honor recognizes chapters that have exhibited outstanding commitment to honor and excellence. Only 69 of Phi Kappa Phi's 325 chapters earned the recognition status in 2013.

K-State's chapter of Phi Kappa Phi recently initiated new members. Membership is by invitation only to the top 10 percent of seniors and graduate students and 7.5 percent of juniors. Faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction also qualify. Kimberly Kramer, associate professor of architectural engineering and construction science, was this fall's faculty initiate. Kramer was recognized for her academic record in her graduate work.

Four students originally from southwest Kansas are among the new members of K-State's Phi Kappa Phi chapter: Lauren Harness, senior in architecture, Garden City; Nolan Gaede, junior in chemical engineering, Holcomb; Chelle Leininger, doctoral student in educational leadership, Hugoton; and Vickie Smith, master's student in public health, Sublette.

Washburn president's honor roll announced

Washburn University has released the names of students who were named to the fall semester president's honor roll. To be named to the list, a student must be enrolled in at least 12 graded semester credit hours and attain a semester grade-point average of 4.0. Students are listed by their hometown:

Dighton: Trevor Bollinger

Garden City: Heather Blackwood, David Dennis, Kelli Parr

Holcomb: Tiffany O'Rourke

Leoti: Samantha Heath

Ulysses: Paige Eslick, Amber Kissell, Logan Littell

Washburn dean's list announced

Washburn University has released the names of students who were named to the fall semester dean's honor roll.

To be named to the list, a student must be enrolled in at least 12 graded semester credit hours and attain a semester grade-point average between 3.4 and 3.99. Students are listed by their hometown:

Garden City: Matthew Becker, Jeffry Clayton, Jonathan Dennis, Linda Montemayor

Ingalls: Kiley Schmidt

Johnson City: Gabriel Palma

Lakin: Bryce Landgraf

Modoc: Kalie Turley

Scott City: Caitlin Beckman, Karli Cooper, Nicole Walker

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