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June 14, 2003

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John and Angie Bollinger, Lawrence, announce the birth of a son, Zachary John Bollinger, born April 18, 2003, at Shawnee Mission Medical Center. He has a sister, Sydney, 5. Grandparents are Ron and Linda Griffin, Lawrence; Tom Hoffman, Topeka; and Cecil and Judy Bollinger, Emporia.


  • Brendan and Debbie Wiechert, Spokane, Wash., announce the birth of a son, Calen Patterson Wiechert, born May 17, 2003. He has a sister, Emma Grace, 3. Grandparents are Allen and Sandra Wiechert, Lawrence, and Jim and Clara Patterson, Omaha, Neb. Great-grandmother is Serena Wiechert Eastburn, Lawrence.

  • Pat and Amy Easum, Halstead, announce the birth of a son, Mason Patrick Easum, born May 1, 2003, at Via Christi Regional Medical Center-St. Joseph Campus in Wichita. He has a sister, Abby, 2. Grandparents are James and Diane Strobl, and Roy and Mary Easum, all of Lawrence.

  • Bob and Melanie Farney, Lawrence, announce the birth of a daughter, Grace Katharine Farney, born June 2, 2003, at St. Francis Health Center in Topeka. She has a brother, Benjamin. Grandparents are Bob and Anita Kesler, Manhattan; Mary Lou Farney, Roeland Park; Ben and Etta Farney, Pagosa Springs, Colo., and Theo and Helen Schreiber, Germany.

  • Rob and Becke Farha, Lawrence, announce the birth of a son, Colin Farris Farha, born May 29, 2003, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. Grandparents are J.D. and Sharon Cleavinger, Lawrence, and Bob and Fanny Jane Farha, Overland Park. Great-grandparents are Bob and Jean Lawson, Baldwin, and Lurice Eddy, Kansas City, Mo.

  • Lauren Wilkinson, Lawrence, made the honor list for the 2003 winter semester at the University of Missouri-Rolla by earning at least a 3.2 grade-point average. She is the daughter of Mark and Terry Wilkinson.

  • Catherine Baldwin, Baldwin, made the dean's list for the 2003 spring semester at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pa., by receiving at least a 3.5 grade-point average. She is the daughter of Steven and Jean Baldwin.

  • Chalaine Hopson, Eudora, and Evan Maxon, Lecompton, made the dean's list for the 2003 spring semester at Rockhurst University, Kansas City, Mo., by earning at least a 3.5 grade-point average.

  • Nicolette Riggins, Lawrence, received Congressional Awards during a ceremony June 7 in Topeka. She earned the bronze, silver and gold certificates and a bronze medal. The awards recognize achievement in volunteering, personal development, physical fitness and exploration.

  • Baker University has given 130 Presidential Academic Scholarships to incoming freshmen and transfer students. The scholarships range from $4,000 to $6,000 per academic year and are renewed when specific grade-point averages are maintained. Area recipients are James Barr, Eudora; Jacob Landis, Grantville; Cori Hermann and Jayme Lisher, Lawrence; Renay Carter, Overbrook; Paul Foltz, Perry; Amanda Brake and Scott Driver, Pomona; and Kristen Hale, Wellsville.

  • Christy Wheeler, Lawrence, received the Pauline Riddle Organ Award from William Jewell College, Liberty, Mo. She is the daughter of Dale and Wendy Wheeler.

  • Fort Hays State University announced Lawrence residents who have accepted scholarships to attend the university. Rhiannon Beeson, Molly Bretthauer, Jennifer Engle, Heidi Kennedy, Eric Spray, Courtney Taulbert and Kellyn Young, each accepted a $500 Award of Excellence in art. Rychel Johnson accepted an $800 Hays City Silver Academic Award. Michael Junod accepted a $500 Award of Excellence in health and human performance and a $400 Fort Hays Bronze Academic Award. Kevin Slocum accepted a $400 Fort Hays Bronze Academic Award.

  • Andrew Monshizadeh, Brandon Bowman and Colin Hamel, all 2003 Lawrence High School graduates, had a senior music recital May 24 at the Free Methodist Church. They performed solos in voice, French horn and piano, and then sang "A Red, Red Rose" together. Family members, friends and teachers attended the event, along with the Rev. Mark Knight of Christ Community Church, who provided words of encouragement and instruction. A reception was took place in the church foyer after the recital.

Monshizadeh and Bowman plan to attend Kansas University in the fall. Hamel plans to attend the Columbus College of Art & Design.


  • Jessica Katich, Lawrence, and Megan Hannon, Basehor, were named to the dean's honor roll at Creighton University, Omaha, Neb., by earning at least a 3.5 grade-point average.

  • Eric Southard, Lawrence, earned faculty honors for the spring 2003 semester at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, by earning a 4.0 grade-point average.

  • Jacob Ross, Lawrence, made the honorable mention honor roll at Butler County Community College, El Dorado, by earning a 3.0 to 3.49 grade-point average.

  • Lindsay Helmick, Free State High School student, and Leslie Rhoton, Lawrence High School student, are attending the Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Seminar this week at Wichita State University. The seminar brings together a select group of high school sophomores to interact with distinguished leaders in business, government, education, entertainment and the professions to discuss present and future issues. The goal is to provide them with a stimulating forum for learning about the American incentive system and the democratic process, while broadening their understanding of their leadership potential and quest for self-development.

  • Molly Mundinger, Baldwin, was a spring graduate from Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Mo. She graduated magna cum laude with a degree in mathematics. Her parents are Tom and Brenda Mundinger, Baldwin.

  • Kabel Robbins, a recent graduate of Oskaloosa High School, has received a $1,500 Simon Youth Foundation Community Scholarship.

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