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May 24, 2003

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Chris and Mary Moon, Lawrence, announce the birth of a daughter, Sophia Noelle Moon, born May 5, 2003, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. Grandparents are Anita Tolman, Wichita; Floyd and Patty Tolman, Algonquin, Ill., and Howard and Jane Moon, Valley Center. Great-grandparents are Doyle and Alice Walz, Leon; Alice Tolman, Parsons; Robert and Ruth Clark, Haysville; and Lorraine Moon, Wichita.


  • Shane and Amanda Whitaker, Lawrence, announce the birth of a son, Peyton James Whitaker, born April 24, 2003, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Grandparents are Leanne Miller, Teresa Whitaker and Jack Whitaker, all of Lawrence. Great-grandparents are Mary Rector and Ruby Puckett, Lawrence; Duane and Sandra Rector, Kendall; Bonnie Tatham, Lawrence; and Francis and Doris Rector, Syracuse, Kan.


  • Casse and Matt Drummond, Shawnee, announce the birth of a daughter, Kinley Drummond, born April 9, 2003, at Overland Park Regional Medical Center. Grandparents are Richard Jones and Glenna Jones, Lawrence; David and Irene Drummond, Winchester; and Frances Houlihan, Dover, N.H. Great-grandparents are Lois Anderson, Lawrence, and Millie Jones, Florida.

  • The Lawrence PEO Reciprocity Board invites all P.E.O. affiliates and unaffiliated members to a celebration party. The event, celebrating 100 years in Kansas, will be from 2 p.m. to 4 .m. June 1 at Corpus Christi Church, 6001 W. 15th St.

  • Jessica Rose Potter and Jessica Lynn Davis, both of Lawrence, were selected to participate in Nationals' 2003 Miss Junior Teen Kansas City pageant June 8. They will compete in the 10- to 19-year-old division. They will be judged on modeling routines, personality and interviewing skills.

  • Diane Marie Westerhaus earned a master's degree in social work, summa cum laude, from Washburn University on May 16. She earned bachelor's degrees in political science and social welfare from Kansas University. She is an adoption supervisor with Kansas Children Service League in Topeka. She is the daughter of Rita Westerhaus, Eudora, and the late Carl Westerhaus.

  • Graduates of Eudora High School are invited to attend the Eudora High School Alumni Assn.'s banquet and annual meeting June 1 in the Eudora High School commons area. Registration begins at noon. The covered-dish dinner will start at 12:30 p.m., followed by a business meeting.

Special recognition will be given to the class of 1953, which will celebrate its 50th reunion.

The banquet is open to any graduate of Eudora High School. Those planning to attend are asked to bring their own table service. Coffee and tea will be provided. For more information, call Lois Mersmann at 841-6730 or Jerry Abel at 542-2487.


  • Gina Byrd-Stadler was honored at the Tylenol & Terri Lynne Lokoff Child Care Foundation National Child Care Teacher Awards ceremony in King of Prussia, Pa. Byrd-Stadler, a teacher at Hilltop Child Development Center in Lawrence, was honored for her commitment and dedication to children. She plans to develop a project titled "Bumblebee Room Literacy Program" that will help to encourage a love for reading at early ages.

  • Thomas Sigvaldson, Elizabeth Yoder and Chris Cobb have been awarded scholarships from the Security Benefit Group Charitable Trust Scholarship Program.

Sigvaldson, a teacher at Baldwin High School, has earned a $500 scholarship to Baker University to further his studies in mathematics. Yoder, a teacher of deaf and partially deaf students at Lawrence High School, earned a $500 scholarship to Kansas University, where she is working on a master's degree in deaf education. Cobb, an early childhood lead teacher at Woodlawn School, earned a $500 scholarship to Baker University where he is working toward a master's degree in education.


  • Nick Anderson and Timothy Westberg, both of Lawrence, have earned diplomas at Vatterott College, Kansas City, Mo. Anderson received a diploma in the computer technology program, while Westberg received a diploma in the electrical mechanics program.

  • Sureva Towler, Lied Center grants manager, received the 2003 Colorado Authors' League Essay Award for her commentary on what happens to everyday life when small town values collide with big city developers. Towler, who moved to Lawrence from Steamboat Springs, Colo., three years ago also writes a column, "Riding Shotgun," for the Denver Post.

  • Rebecca Suzanne Blue, Port Matilda, Pa., received a bachelor of science degree in biology at Truman State University, Kirksville, Mo., on May 17. Blue will be attending Georgetown Medical School in Washington, D.C. Blue is the daughter of William and Tina Blue and is a 1999 graduate of Lawrence High School.

  • Kevin Williams, Lawrence, participated in the "Tracing Our Horizons" segment of the "Becoming the Land" exhibition at the Salina Art Center. It was part of his final class project in an aesthetics class at Kansas Wesleyan University. The exhibition runs through June 29.

  • Rebecca Demarest, Lawrence, received a bachelor's degree in health, physical education, recreation and exercise science from Dordt College, Sioux Center, Iowa, on May 9. She is the daughter of Kenneth and Susan Demarest, Lawrence.

  • Meghan Graham, Lawrence, earned a bachelor's degree in secondary and elementary education from Dordt College, Sioux Center, Iowa, on May 9. She is the daughter of Bill and Mary Graham, Lawrence.

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