Archive for Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Tonganoxie grads among Mount Oread Scholars

August 20, 2008

— The 12th annual walk up the hill for Mount Oread Scholars at Kansas University was held Monday morning. Kathryn Nemeth Tuttle, associate vice provost for Student Success, led the walk and provided commentary about campus history, pointing out landmarks along the way.

Among the scholars were local high school products Tyler Gurss and Jonathan Lane, 2008 graduates of Tonganoxie High.

The walk signifies the beginning of a higher education journey for the 229 Mount Oread Scholars, whose ultimate goal is to walk down the hill upon graduation. Two scholars carried the 2008 KU graduation banner to further mark this important beginning, and scholars were encouraged to wear their Mount Oread Scholars T-shirts that state, "What Goes Up, Must Come Down."

Established in 1996, the Mount Oread Scholars Program was designed to facilitate academic connections on campus and is part of the University Advising Center. First-year students are invited to become Mount Oread Scholars if they graduated in the top 20 percent of their high school classes and received ACT composite scores of at least 28 or minimum SAT scores of 1240.

Mount Oread Scholars work individually with advisers in their fields of interest, share class schedules to form study or discussion groups and attend scholar support sessions.

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