The Jefferson County Historical Society will host a School Days event from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. today in the Reynolds Store at Old Jefferson Town in Oskaloosa. Featured this year will be pictures, stories and memorabilia from Jefferson County School Districts 26-75. Anyone with pictures, stories or school items they would be willing to share is asked to contact Leanne Chapman at (785) 863-3257. Also during the event, the featured artist will be Norma Macomber, former Jefferson County resident and business owner.
Kansas State University students topped the Kansas Association of Broadcasters’ 2011 Student Broadcast Awards competition, receiving 55 awards — the most by any school at the collegiate level. The honors were presented April 5 at the association’s student seminar and career fair in Topeka.
Area students earning awards were: Luke Wempe, Lawrence, first place in radio entertainment program, in 30-second radio commercial, PSA or donor announcement, in radio promotion announcement, in complete live radio newscast, in radio hard news package and in graduate radio sportscast, second place in radio public affairs program, and honorable mention in radio sportscast; and Justin Moss, Tonganoxie, second place in TV promotional event or activity.
Kansas State University announces area students who earned the honor of being included in the ConocoPhillips SPIRIT Scholars Program. The newest class of ConocoPhillips SPIRIT Scholars at K-State were announced April 14 at an evening dinner and reception. Area scholars included: Emily Coon, Lawrence; and Victor Ojeleye, Ottawa.
Jill Elmers, Lawrence, was awarded a $6,000 grant from the North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program for the project “Evaluating the suitability of low-trellises and various hop cultivars for small organic farm production in North-East Kansas.” The grant was awarded as part of NCR-SARE’s Farmer Rancher grant program.
Kansas State University’s Silver Key, a sophomore leadership honorary that emphasizes community service, announces new members for the 2011-2012 school year. To be eligible, students must have at least a 3.0 grade-point average. The new initiates also had to be 2010 high school graduates and in their first year at K-State. New area members included: Tami Crow, De Soto; Ally Koppes and Christina Picicci, both of Lawrence; and Abby Guenther, Ottawa.