Fort Hays State University announces students accepting scholarships for the 2009-2010 academic year at a Student Recognition Program Feb. 22 at the Doubletree Hotel in Overland Park. Area students, listed by their current schools, were:
Eudora High School — Kendal Abel accepted a $700 Fort Hays Bronze Academic Award. She is the daughter of Ron and Robin Abel, Eudora, and plans to major in biology.
Free State High School — Anthony Trepinski accepted a $900 Academic Opportunity Award in information networking and telecommunications and a $700 Fort Hays Bronze Academic Award. He is the son of Robert and Celeste Trepinski, Lawrence, and plans to major in information networking and telecommunications.
Ottawa High School — Carlyn Jorgensen accepted an $800 Hays City Silver Academic Award and a $500 Academic Opportunity Award in communication disorders. She is the daughter of Blake and Kelly Jorgensen, Ottawa, and plans to major in speech-language pathology; Kara McFarland accepted an $800 Silver Award and a $900 Academic Opportunity Award in health and human performance. She is the daughter of John and Rebecca McFarland, Princeton, and plans to major in health and human performance; Erin Rossman accepted an $800 Silver Award and a $500 Academic Opportunity Award in communication disorders. She is the daughter of David and Lisa Rossman, Ottawa, and plans to major in speech-language pathology.
• Lisa Fisher, Lawrence, was inducted into the Alpha Iota Gamma Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa at Johnson County Community College on March 22.
Phi Theta Kappa is an honor society for two-year colleges. To become a member, students must rank in the top 10 percent of the class and must maintain high academic standing during their enrollment.
Fisher, an interior design major, is the daughter of Bob Fisher, Edna, and Jan Turner, Lawrence.
• Lawrence students participated in the District 1 Regional History Day competition at Central Junior High School on Feb. 28. Students placing first or second place in their categories will compete in the Kansas State History Day competition on April 25 at Washburn University.
Sponsors were Christine Conner, Jocelyn Kitchen, Jason Springer, Valerie Schrag, Mike Ortmann and Joan Parr. Area students are:
Junior Group Exhibit: Sophie Tate, Annie Wildgen and Katie Davis, CJHS, first.
Senior Website: Maria Watson and Madeline Backus, CJHS, first.
Junior Group Documentary: Lidia Strecker, Gaia Morgan and Ella Gore, CJHS, first.
Junior Individual Documentary: Elsa Latare, CJHS, second.
Junior Individual Performance: Katie Rorick, West Junior High School, first.
Senior Historical Paper: Anna Dietz, WJHS, first.
Senior Individual Performance: Kristen Gish, Lawrence High School, first; and Brooke Fox, WJHS, second.
Senior Group Documentary: Tess Frydman and Alison Frydman, Free State High School, first; Jon Cohen and Calvin Morgan, LHS, second; and Lucy Daldorph and Ida Greenwell, LHS, third.
Senior Individual Documentary: Liza Farr, FSHS, first; Rosie O’Brien, CJHS, second; and Zoey Hearn Feldman, LHS, third.
Senior Individual Exhibit: Kyleigh Bowen, LHS, first.
Senior Group Exhibit: Molly Fister and Danielle Husted, LHS, first; Carrie Klemencic and Preeti Singh, LHS, second; and Samantha Schwartz and Jessica Newman, LHS, third.
• Jacob Esau, Lawrence, was named to the dean’s list for the winter quarter at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Ind., by earning a 3.3 grade-point average or higher.
Esau, a computer engineering major, is the son of John Esau and Mary Dillon.
Lindsey and John Taylor, Lawrence, announce the birth of their daughter, Sloane Elise Taylor, March 15, 2009, at Overland Park Regional Medical Center.
Sloane has a brother, Samuel, 2.
Her maternal grandparents are Mark and Shawna Culver, Dodge City; paternal grandparents are Lorraine Taylor, Coffeyville, and the late Norman Taylor; and great-grandmother is Leola Lindsey, Dodge City.
• Stefan Petrovic, a fifth-grader at Broken Arrow, placed seventh in the 2009 Kansas Geographic Bee, sponsored by Google and Plum Creek. The event was April 3 at Eisenhower Center in Abilene.
Bees took place in schools with students in grades fourth through eighth throughout the state to determine each school’s Geographic Bee winner. School-level winners then took a qualifying test, submitted to the National Geographic Society, upon which students with the top 100 scores were invited to compete at the state level.
Petrovic is the son of Uros and Zina Petrovic, Lawrence.
• Emporia State University announces area students named to the honor roll for the fall 2008 semester by earning a grade-point average of 3.8. Area students are:
Baldwin City: Lindsay Atchison, Jessica Bond, April Robbs and Lacey Rockhold.
Basehor: Ashley Odle and Kelly Schaffer.
Bonner Springs: Anna Anderson, Jennifer Cole and Jessica Crosby.
De Soto: Daniel Quillin.
Eudora: Amber Jackson.
Lawrence: Kira Barker, Denise Creed, Eric Fox, Jennifer Frentrop-Decker, Jaymie Hardtarfer, Heather Harrison, Olson Kilmer, Karen Kroge, Raymond Lee, Katie McClain, Emily McDonald, Natalie Rabiola, Mallory West, Joel White and Wendolyn White.
Meriden: Ashley Czajkowski and Whitney Czajkowski.
Oskaloosa: Mallory Ala and Whitney McGinnis.
Ottawa: Kelli Ball, Megan Bathory, Amanda Fritts, Matthew Harris, Emily Harvey, Margo James, Christopher Lyman, Emily Moore, Tiffany Morrow and Mandy Todd.
Tonganoxie: Sarah Edwards, Raylynn Laster-White, Laura Mukerji and Stephanie Reynolds.
• Jon Blanck and Gina Inzerillo Blanck, Kansas City, Mo., announce the birth of their daughter, Josephine Rose “Josie” Blanck, Feb. 26, 2009, at St. Luke’s North Hospital, Kansas City, Mo.
Her maternal grandparents are Mary and Dr. Carl Inzerillo, Lawrence; paternal grandparents are Diane and Frank Blanck, Lee’s Summit, Mo.; great-grandparents are Andrew Inzerillo, Juanita VanderStaay, and Al and Alice Blanck, all of Kansas City, Mo.
• Tess Murray, Free State High School, was awarded honorable mention and $250 in the Being an American Essay Contest, sponsored by the Bill of Rights Institute, a nonprofit educational organization based in northern Virginia near Washington, D.C.
Murray’s sponsoring teacher, Robert Nichols, received a matching cash prize.
To participate, students were asked to share their thoughts on American citizenship by answering the following question: “What civic value do you believe is most essential to being an American?” In her winning essay, Murray selected “civil disobedience” and wrote about Rosa Parks.
• Thomas Henry, Lawrence, was named to the fall 2008 dean’s list at Syracuse University, by earning a grade-point average of 3.4 or higher for the semester.
Henry, a freshman, is majoring in English and textual studies. He is the son of Beverly Mack and Robert Henry, Lawrence.
• Jennifer and Paul Werner, Lawrence, announce the birth of their daughter, Jillian Aspen Elizabeth Werner, Feb. 11, 2009, at St. Joseph Medical Center, Kansas City, Mo.
Jillian has a brother, W. Gray Werner, 4.
Her maternal grandparents are Dorn and Elizabeth Lungwitz, McHenry, Ill., and Jeffrey Basham and Susan Garrity, Raleigh, N.C.; paternal grandparents are Dr. Herbert and Helen Werner, St. Louis; and great-grandparents are Frances VanNest, Lindenhrst, Ill., and William and Anne Garrity, Atlanta.
• Southwest Junior High School’s Alan Shi won a first place trophy for players rated under 1600, by earning 4.5 points out of a possible 7 points, in the K-9 championship section of the United States Chess Federation’s Super Nationals Chess Tournament April 3-6 in Nashville. Local students from Free State High, Lawrence High, SWJH, Central Junior High and West Junior High schools, as well as Cordley, Prairie Park, and Quail Run schools competed in the event, which had over 5,000 scholastic players from all over the United States and Puerto Rico.
• Andrew Urban, Lawrence High School, was awarded a Regents Scholarship at Rockhurst University’s Competitive Scholars Day on Feb. 20.
Students were invited to participate as competitive scholars at Rockhurst, where candidates compete through a series of interviews given by faculty and administrators.
The scholarship gives students $1,000 towards tuition; students must maintain a grade-point average of 3.4.
• Ten high school senior women from across Kansas competed in the 48th Annual Kansas Junior Miss scholarship competition March 28 in Belleville. Contestants were evaluated in the categories of scholastics, interview, talent, fitness and self-expression.
Angel Vann, Lawrence, received the Spirit of Kansas Junior Miss Award during the event.
• University of Nebraska-Lincoln announces area students named to the honor roll for the fall 2008 semester. The minimum grade-point requirement for the honor roll varies by school from 3.6 to 3.75. Area students on the honor roll were:
Eudora: Kevin Abel, senior, computer science major; and Donna Lounsbury, senior, bio systems engineering major.
Lawrence: Nicholas Burkhart, sophomore, pro golf management major; Kaylen Fleming, freshman, English major; Maxwell Gregoire, freshman, physics major; Kimberly McDonald, freshman, art major; and Marthe McDonald, junior accounting major. Gregoire earned a 4.0 grade-point average for the semester.