Kathryn Kristiansen, of Free State High School, was selected to participate in the Kansas Future Teacher Academy June 15-19 at Emporia State University.
Acceptance into the academy is based upon students' academic standing, involvement in school and community activities, and an interest in a teaching career.
¢Susan Warden earned highest honors for the 2008 spring semester at Skidmore College in New York. Highest honors are awarded to students who earn a cumulative grade point average of 3.67 or higher.
She is the daughter of John Staples and Susan Warden, Lawrence.
¢Kansas University announces the newest members elected to Sigma Theta Tau International, a nursing honor society. To qualify for membership, undergraduates must have a grade-point average of at least 3.0, and graduate students must have a grade-point average of at least 3.5.
Area undergraduate student elected:
Kailey Mesler, Lawrence, received a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from KU in May. She also received the Outstanding Senior Award. She is the daughter of Scott and Mindy Mesler.
Area graduate student elected:
Lauren Repine, RN, Lawrence, received a Master of Science degree in nursing from KU in May. She is the daughter of John and Christine Repine.
¢Kim Heck Penny, Durango, Colo., was featured in the latest issue of Realtor Magazine's "30 Under 30." She is a 2000 graduate of Free State High School and is the daughter of Jeannie Heck Ruf and the late Dr. Steve Heck, Lawrence, and the daughter in-law of Bill and Marlene Penny, Lawrence.
¢Kansas University's department of English announced award and scholarship winners for outstanding academic performance, writing and teaching at an annual awards ceremony May 3 in the Kansas Union.
Eudora: Anna Egging, Harry and Jessie Jacobs Prize in Humanities.
Lawrence: Jennifer Balke, Merrill Award for Excellence in Research; Robert Baumann, Wm Herbert Carruth Meml Poetry Contest, second; Christopher Beard, Vic Contoski Creative Writing Award poetry, third; Keri Behre, Goldie L. Case Award, graduate study of literature; Kirsten Bosnak, Maxwell Nature Writing Contest, third; Benjamin Cartwright, James E. Gunn Award for Science Fiction, second tie, Wm Herbert Carruth Meml Poetry Contest, fourth; Todd Giles, Henry Matthew Widner Award for graduate research, Selden Lincoln Whitcomb Fellowship; Angela Glover, Henry Matthew Widner Award for graduate research; Brian Harries, Outstanding Instructor Award; Jennifer Humphrey, Maxwell Nature Writing Contest, first; Zarel and Ruth Spears Scholarship for Research, second; Jennie Joiner, Goldie L. Case Award, graduate study of literature, William Albrecht Meml Scholarship; Karla Knutson, Goldie L. Case Award for graduate study of literature; John Kuhn, Outstanding Graduating Senior Award; Gay Moore, Goldie L. Case Award; David Nickol, Peedee Brown Award; Maria Polonchek, Award for Outstanding Technical Writing; Nedra Rogers, Vic Contoski Creative Writing Award poetry, first; Kathryn Seibel, Outstanding Graduating Senior Award; Justin Sevenker, Outstanding Instructor Award; Rhoads Stevens II, Vic Contoski Creative Writing Award fiction, second; Carey Voeller, Outstanding Instructor Award; Nathaniel Williams, James E. Gunn Award for Science Fiction, first; Jaymes Williamson, Grant K. Goodman Playwriting Award, second tie, Vic Contoski Creative Writing Award fiction, first.
¢Baker University seniors Matthew Mills and Aphton Riley were recognized as 2008 Fran Jabara Leadership Award recipients on May 18 at the 2008 spring commencement at the Collins Center.
Mills, Topeka, graduated summa cum laude with majors in accounting and business. He had internships at a Lawrence financial planning business and with KPMG, the global accounting firm. He was also a member of the Bronston Fellows Program and served as an officer in the Eta Phi chapter of Delta Mu Delta, an international honorary for business students.
Riley, Lawrence, graduated with a major in computer information systems. She held various leadership positions within student organizations and completed two internships in the information services department at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
¢Megan Hrenchir, Lawrence, was named to the 2007-2008 South Atlantic Conference Commissioner's honor roll.
The SAC Commissioner's honor roll recognizes student-athletes who carry at least a 3.20 cumulative grade-point average and have completed at least one season in the sports of football, volleyball, soccer, cross country, basketball, baseball, softball, tennis and golf.
Hrenchir is a student at Newberry College in South Carolina and on the women's soccer team.
¢Marie Hyde, Lawrence, was awarded the dean's scholarship from Kansas University School of Allied Health on May 17 at Johnson County Community College campus. The scholarship is awarded to full-time students within the school who have demonstrated excellence in scholastic accomplishments, professional leadership and social consciousness as evidenced by achievements in the program.
¢Fiona Hunter and Chris Wiesmann, both of Flagstaff, Ariz., announce the birth of their son, Henry Thomas Wiesmann, born June 5, 2008, at Flagstaff Medical Center.
His maternal grandparents are Rachel Hunter and Darrell Brogdon, Lawrence, and the late John Hunter.
His paternal grandparents are Marie and Robert Wiesmann, Fort Atkinson, Wis.
Great-grandparents are Kelly Falk, Roseau, Minn.; Chuck and Shirley Hulbert and Estelle Wiesmann, Fort Atkinson, Wis.;
Great-great grandmother is Dorothy Jenkins, Fort Atkinson, Wis.
¢Burton Whitlow, Basehor, was named to Columbia College's, Columbia. Mo., list of graduates from its evening and online campuses since March 2008.
Whitlow received a Bachelor of Arts degree in criminal justice administration.
¢Tyler Cordts, Overbrook, was named to the dean's list for the 2008 spring semester at Central College, Pella, Iowa.
Tyler is the son of John and Elizabeth Cordts and is a junior majoring in history. He is a graduate of Santa Fe Trail High School.
¢Hutchinson Community College has announced the honor rolls for the Spring 2008 semester. To be named to the dean's honor roll, students must earn a cumulative grade-point average of 3.5 to 3.99. To be named to the president's honor roll, students must earn a cumulative grade-point average of 4.0.
Area students named to the dean's honor roll:
Tecumseh: Jeffrey Grittman
Area students named to the president's honor roll:
Ottawa: Sean Gooding
¢Shuang Jiang, Lawrence, was named to the dean's list at the University of Wisconsin-Madison for the 2008 spring semester at the university's College of Engineering.
To be named to the list, students must rank in the top 10 percent of their class or achieve a grade-point average of 3.75 or higher.
¢Lucca Wang, Lawrence, recently received a Top First-Year Student Award at Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa. The award is given to first-year students demonstrating leadership abilities and involvement in the campus community.
Wang is a painting major in Drake's College of Arts and Sciences. She serves on the Campus Advancement Committee of the Student Senate, the Student Activities Board Relays Committee and is publicity co-chair for Crawford Residence Hall. She is also a participant in the Emerging Leaders Program and has interned for Barack Obama's presidential campaign.
¢Guy Montgomery, Eudora, was named to the dean's list for the 2008 spring semester at Rockhurst University, Kansas City, Mo.
To be named to the list, students must earn a cumulative grade-point average of 3.5 or above.
¢Cornell College, Mount Vernon, Iowa, announces its dean lists for the 2008 spring semester. To be named to the high honor list, students must earn a cumulative grade-point average of 3.8 to 3.99. To be named to the honor list, students must earn a cumulative grade-point average of 3.6 to 3.79.
Area students named to the honor list:
Lawrence: Emily Edwards and Yuri Mitchell.
Area students named to the high honor roll:
Lawrence: Joanna Loewen.
¢Rockhurst University, Kansas City, Mo., announces its May 2008 graduates. Commencement exercises were May 17 at Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, Mo.
Area students receiving undergraduates degrees:
DeSoto: Rosalind Underdahl, Bachelor of Science in nursing.
Eudora: Andrew Pyle, Bachelor Science in business administration.
Lawrence: Stephanie Kadivar, Bachelor of Science in nursing.
Wellsville: Timothy Worthy II, Bachelor Science in business administration, cum laude.
Area students receiving graduate degrees:
Baldwin City: Marcy Wiseman, Master of Education.
Basehor: Matthew Daggett, Master of Business Administration in health care leadership; Shanae Gooden, Master of Business Administration.
Lawrence: Lindsay Wilson, Master of Science in communication science and disorders.
Tonganoxie: Lisa Swaim, Master of Science in communication science and disorders.
¢Meredith Mayo will enter the School of Medicine at Emory University in Atlanta. She graduated cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, with majors in biology and American history in 2007.
Mayo is a 2003 graduate of Free State High School and the daughter of James M. Mayo, Lawrence, and Shirley Harkess, Raleigh, N.C., formerly of Lawrence.
¢Jennifer Baum, Lawrence, received a Master of Physician Assistant Studies degree on May 11 at Union College, Lincoln, Neb.
Baum graduated with the honors designation of distinction, for earning a cumulative grade-point average of 3.75 to 3.89.
¢The University of Iowa, Iowa City, announces the dean's list for the 2008 spring semester. To be named to the list in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, students must earn a cumulative grade-point average of 3.5 or above.
Area students named to the dean's list:
Baldwin City: Amelia Hurst and Allie Ludvigson.
Lawrence: Arna Hemenway and Katelyn Truscello.
¢Shantell Wallis and James Powell, both of Lecompton, announce the birth of their daughter, Brooklynn Penny Powell, born May 29, 2008, at Overland Park Regional Medical Center, Overland Park.
Her grandparents are Glenn Wallis, Chula Vista, Calif.; Patty Wallis, Denver; James Powell Sr., Lecompton, and the late Penny Lee Powell. Stepgrandparents are Edna Wallis, Chula Vista, Calif., and Willliam Miller, Denver.
Her great-grandmother is Rosetta F. Lynn, Mt.Vernon, Wash.
¢The Eudora High School Class of 1968's 40th reunion will be July 26 at Eudora City Hall. The class will gather about 1 p.m. for the annual parade and return to City Hall for more food and fun.
Graduates of Eudora High School from 1958 through 1978 have been invited to join the class at 8 p.m. on July 25 at Set'em Up Jack's, on the patio, in Lawrence.
Wanda Dickey has been handling the arrangements for the Class of 1968 reunions for 40 years and alumni would like to acknowledge those efforts. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact Rex C Burkhardt or Wanda Dickey.