Local high school students recognized as Kansas Honor Scholars through KU
Students from Tonganoxie and five other area Kansas high schools were recognized as Kansas Honor Scholars on Sept. 28 by the Kansas University Alumni Association and KU Endowment.
A total of 101 seniors from high schools in Leavenworth County were recognized for ranking in the top 10 percent of their class at a 7 p.m. program and reception at the Riverfront Community Center, 123 S. Esplanade St., Leavenworth.
During the ceremony, each student received a Webster's New College Dictionary presented by Danny Lewis, director of alumni programs for the KU Alumni Association.
Paul Buskirk, associate athletics director at KU, was the featured speaker.
The Class of 2012 scholars from Tonganoxie and Basehor-Linwood are:
Rachel Bieniecki, Matthew Briggs, Mackenzie Cadue, Cody Campbell, Matthew Christensen, Lindsay Cox, Dane Erickson, Brady Field, Sidney Grinter, Margaret Gripka, Ashley Henley, Beth Jobst, Beth Krivjansky, Daniel Monahan, Parker Osborne, Haley Smith, Rachel Sparks, Natasha Sudac, Marcus Titterington, Lindsey Truesdell, Ben Williams and Wes Williams.
Marcas Box, Alexandria Bright, Bridget Davis, Emily Engler, Jesse Hiss, Garret Kahle, Benjamin Kamm, Danae Leppke, Kristin Mance, Grant Moyer, Jacob Peterson, Ashlee Richardson, Danielle Ridder, Alexis Tate, Hannah Tush, Rachel Van Fleet, Megan Wheeler and Jennifer Whipple.
Community volunteers collect contributions, coordinate details and serve as local contacts for the event. Kathy Meyer of Leavenworth is the site coordinator. Bianca Elliott of Linwood is the Leavenworth County coordinator.
The Kansas Honors Program is made possible by KU Endowment and proceeds from the Jayhawk license plate program.
Since 1971, the Kansas Honors Program has recognized more than 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 play host to 41 programs that reach all 105 counties across the state and include more than 360 high schools.