¢ The Hadl family reunion will be from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. July 9 in the Fellowship Hall of Trinity Lutheran Church, 1245 N.H.
¢ The Bracken family reunion will be from noon to 5 p.m. July 8 in Rooms 1 and 2 of the Community Building, 115 W. 11th St. It's the family of John James Bracken and Ermon Eva Gaines, who were married Oct. 19, 1883. They had 12 children.
¢ The Elliott family reunion will be at 1 p.m. Sunday at Centennial Park's shelter house, Ninth and Iowa streets. There will be a picnic for the descendants of Thomas and Louella Elliott.
¢ David and Irene Soderstrom, Lawrence, announce the birth of their son, Braeden Kael Soderstrom, born June 18, 2006, in Overland Park. Maternal grandparents are Carola Ratzlaff and Robert Ratzlaff. Paternal grandparents are Dale and Karen Soderstrom.
¢ Elizabeth and Keith Grammer, Lawrence, announce the birth of their son, Ethan Ross Grammer, born May 29, 2005, in Shawnee. Maternal grandparents are Ross and Sue Craft. Paternal grandfather is Darrell Grammer. Great-grandmother is Betty Schupp.
¢ Jerzy Wieczorek, Lawrence, received a bachelor's degree at Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering in Needham, Mass. He was one of 66 students who were the first to graduate from the school. Olin's Class of 2006 played a special role in the founding of the college. Members of the class spent time working with the faculty to design and test the curriculum. This group of students has been essential to the success of Olin College as they have helped it grow from the ground up. These educational pioneers went on to become the student government officers and leaders of the new college.
¢ Courtenay DeHoff, Tonganoxie, will exhibit Angus cattle at the 2006 National Junior Angus Show, which is July 9-15 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis. Courtenay is a junior member of the American Angus Assn.
¢ Several area students participated in Bethel College's annual Broadway at Bethel theater camp. They presented "Fiddler of the Roof" on June 25 in Newton. Those who participated were: Bianca Brown, Jordan Brown, Andrew Connolly, Katherine Cottrell, Rex Hargis, Kelly Hieman and Kelly Karasek, Lawrence, and Michael Krumm, Baldwin.
¢ Josh Gaston, Lawrence, was named to the dean's list for the spring 2006 semester at Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa, by earning at least a 3.5 grade-point average. He also received Drake's "Outstanding Student Employee of the Year Award" for the 2005-2006 school year, which included a scholarship given by Sodexho Campus Services.
¢ Matthew Bowlin and Earl McNish, Baldwin, and Kendall Schendt, Lawrence, made the honor roll at North Central Kansas Technical College in Beloit by earning a 3.0-3.79 grade-point average.
¢ Ryan Bodensteiner, Lawrence, made the dean's honor roll at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln for the spring 2006 semester by earning at a 4.0 grade-point average.
¢ Andy Lewis, Lawrence, earned the Beverly Enterprises Endowed Scholarship, the Nelda W. Richter Scholarship in Nursing and the Stars for Nursing Scholarship for the 2006-2007 academic year at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Ark. He is a senior majoring in nursing. He is the son of Robert and Verla Lewis, Lawrence.
¢ Richard King, Lawrence, made the dean's list at DePauw University, Greencastle, Ind., for the spring 2006 semester by earning at least a 3.5 grade-point average.
¢ Rachel McCarthy James, a Free State High School graduate, made the honor roll for the 2006 spring semester at Hollins University, Roanoke, Va., by earning at least a 3.5 grade-point average. She is the daughter of Susan McCarthy and Bill James, both of Lawrence.
¢ Jeannie Jones, Lawrence, made the dean's list at Barton College, Wilson, N.C., for the spring 2006 semester by earning at least a 3.3 grade-point average.
¢ Matthew Hochstetler, a 1997 Lawrence High School graduate, graduated June 8 from Harvard School of Business with a Master of Business Administration degree. He was in the highest 5 percent of his graduating class of 800 students. He was named a Baker Scholar, a distinguished award from the School of Business.
He is the son of Katy and Tom Hochstetler, Estes Park, Colo. Matthew and his wife, Jillian, soon will be moving to Denver. Matthew has been employed by the International Division of the Janus Capital Group and will travel abroad in relation to the firm's Global Networking program.
¢ Fort Hays State University announces students from the area who made the dean's honor roll during the spring 2006 semester by earning at least a 3.6 grade-point average. They are Caroline Selig, Justin Stevens and Kellen Adams, Lawrence; Nicole Haynes, Lecompton; Linda Angle, McLouth; Kindle Rose, Linwood; and Denise Gibbens, Tonganoxie.
¢ Eric Spray, 2003 graduate of Free State High School, made the president's list for the spring 2006 semester at Columbus College of Art & Design, Columbus, Ohio, by earning at least a 3.4 grade-point average. Spray, a junior majoring in illustration, is the son of Larry and Tammy Spray.
¢ Steven Garner, of Free State High School, participated in the National SkillsUSA Championships in Kansas City, Mo. He competed in the high school division of technical drafting.
¢ Andrew Sneegas, Lawrence, made the dean's list at Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, Pa., by earning at least a 3.4 grade-point average during the spring 2006 semester. The political science major is the son of Stan and Barb Sneegas.
¢ Kristina Vance and Michael Mwangi, both of Lawrence, made the dean's list for the 2006 spring semester at Central Missouri State University, Warrensburg, Mo., by earning a 4.0 grade-point average.
¢ Stella Somiari, Lawrence, earned a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Berea College, Berea, Ky., during commencement ceremonies May 21. She is the daughter of Amy Braide, Lawrence.
¢ Jeannie Leigh Jones, Lawrence, graduated magna cum laude from Barton College in Wilson, N.C., in May. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology.
¢ More than 40 descendants of Joseph David and Rosanna Jeanette (Pewsey) Hollingsworth met June 10 for a picnic at the home of Louise Weeks. People from eastern Kansas, Illinois, Missouri and Oklahoma attended. The afternoon was spent sharing family stories and photos.
¢ Area students who received 4-H scholarships for the 2006-2007 academic year were: Mark Flory and Kalli Keen, Douglas County; Chelsy Coen, Ashley Guenther, Tess Ludwick and Ryan Roberts, Franklin County; Kelly McGuire, Caitlin Powell and Christopher Rhodes, Johnson County; and Jason Miles, Leavenworth County.
¢ Silvy Perkins, Lawrence, received a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting-public in May from John Brown University, Siloam Springs, Ark.