Jennifer Sanner
KU Alumni Association

KU to honor 87 high school seniors from 4 North Central Kansas counties

Mon, 09/29/2014

LAWRENCE — Students from 13 Kansas high schools will be honored Wednesday, Oct. 8, by the University of Kansas Alumni Association and KU Endowment.

A total of 87 seniors from high schools in Ellsworth, Lincoln, Ottawa and Saline counties will be recognized for their academic achievements and named Kansas Honor Scholars at a 6:30 p.m. dinner and program at the Salina Country Club, 2101 East Country Club Road, Salina.

Since 1971, the Kansas Honors Program has recognized over 125,000 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 36 programs that reach all 105 counties across the state and include approximately 360 high schools.

During the ceremony, each student will receive a Webster’s New College Dictionary and a commemorative certificate.

Steven Hawley, physics & astronomy professor at the University of Kansas and former NASA astronaut, 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. Peter & Sara Johnston, of Salina, are the site coordinators. Jim and Joyce Trower, of Salina, are the Saline County coordinators. Dr. G. Derril Gwinner, of Ellsworth, is the Ellsworth County coordinator. Bob and Sharron Hamilton, of Salina, are the Lincoln and Ottawa County coordinators.

The Kansas Honors Program is made possible by KU Endowment and proceeds from the Jayhawk license plate program. The Class of 2015 scholars:


Ellsworth High School

Shannon Keith - Ellsworth

Mika Ptacek - Brookville

Nathaniel Trapp - Ellsworth


Wilson High School

Isabel Kriley - Wilson



Lincoln High School

Devon Andersen - Lincoln

Kaitlyn Mahin - Lincoln

Breanna Meier - Lincoln


Sylvan-Lucas Unified High School

John Augustine - Sylvan Grove



Bennington High School

Jude Depperschmidt - Salina

Jenna  Gantenbein - Bennington

Dustin  Stanley  - Bennington


Minneapolis High School

Kynedi Allison - Delphos

Jeff Austin - Minneapolis

Colton Baker - Minneapolis

John Kelly - Minneapolis

Lane Nichols - Minneapolis


Tescott High School

George Torres - Culver



Ell-Saline High School

Emma Drees - Brookville

Collyn Fouard - Brookville

Evan Morrical - Tescott

Alleigh Weems - Salina

Monica Wolf - Salina


Sacred Heart High School

Spencer Roberts - Salina

Emily Sanders - Salina

Kate Schieferecke - Bennington

Gib Schuessler - Salina


Salina Central High School

Eli Berner - Salina

Marysa Bradshaw - Salina

Alycia Buchanan - Salina

Mary  Crumpton - Salina

Eliot Cusick - Salina

Candy Dao - Salina

Grant DeMars - Salina

Bailey Driver - Salina

Riley Gates - Salina

Morgan Hauserman - Salina

Zane Heigele - Salina

Corbin Hotz - Salina

Adriana Jasso - Salina

Shaw Laska - Salina

Madison Livengood - Salina

Connor Martens - Salina

Eryn Miller - Salina

Riley Miller - Salina

Parker Montgomery - Bennington

Hannah Schroeder - Salina

Nicholas Shaffer - Salina

Sydney Sollars - Salina

Daniel Villarreal Acha - Salina

Jack Weiner - Salina


Salina South High School

Shaylee Arpin - Salina

Rory Bowell - Salina

Tiffany Bowers - Salina

Melissa Cairns - Salina

Pierce Carey - Salina

Sophia Darnell - Salina

Tasha Deiser - Salina

Liliana Escobedo - Salina

Jonathan Flores - Salina

Michelle Franco - Salina

Logan Frost - Salina

Tristan Irish - Salina

Ezekiel Kaszycki - Solomon

Brooke Keller - Salina

Timothy Kroeker - Salina

Melissa Mahoney - Salina

Mia McDaniel - Salina

Denise Nunemaker - Salina

Alexys Peppers - Salina

Alison Rassette - Salina

Collin Salmans - Salina

Brady Shirk - Salina

Caitlyn Sterrett - Salina

Michael Stueve - Salina

Colin Truhe - Salina

Rachael Turner - Salina

Trey Turner - Salina

Bailey Waters - Salina


Southeast of Saline High School

Brian Eddings - Gypsum

Linzy Kaniper - Gypsum

Brooklyn McElderry - Gypsum

Aidan Murray - Salina

Paige Nurnberg - Assaria

Hannah Puetz - Salina

Daniel Sparacino - Salina


St. John's Military School

YiXiu Li - Salina

YiDn Wu - Salina.

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