Jennifer Jackson Sanner
KU Alumni Association

KU to honor 61 high school seniors from five Central Kansas counties

Thu, 01/28/2016

LAWRENCE - Students from 12 Kansas high schools will be honored Wednesday, Feb. 10, by the University of Kansas Alumni Association and KU Endowment.

A total of 61 seniors from high schools in Barton, Edwards, Pawnee, Rush and Stafford counties will be recognized for their academic achievements and named Kansas Honor Scholars at a 6:30 p.m. dinner and program at The Club at Stoneridge, 1438 24th St., Great Bend.

Since 1971, the Kansas Honors Program has recognized over 125,000 scholars who rank in the top 10 percent of their high school senior classes and are selected regardless of occupational plans or higher education goals. Each year, the KU Alumni Association and its volunteers host 36 programs that reach all 105 counties across the state and include approximately 360 high schools.

During the ceremony, each student will receive a Webster’s New College Dictionary and a commemorative certificate.

Don Steeples, McGee Distinguished Professor of Applied Geophysics at the University of Kansas, will speak to the students and their parents and guests.

Honored students will be guests of the alumni association and KU Endowment; parents and area alumni are welcome to attend at a cost of $15 each.

Community volunteers collect reservations, coordinate details and serve as local contacts for the event. William King, of Great Bend, is the site coordinator. Perry and Krista Smith, of Great Bend, are the Barton and Rush County coordinators. Gayle Cornwell, of St. John, is the Stafford County coordinator.  Mark Frame, of Kinsley, is the Edwards County coordinator.  Barbara Hammond, of Larned, is the Pawnee County coordinator.

The Kansas Honors Program is made possible by KU Endowment and proceeds from the Jayhawk license plate program. The Class of 2016 scholars are:



Central Plains High School

Braedan Crites - Great Bend

Ryanne Hekele - Claflin

Kendi Maxwell - Odin

Kaylyn Oberle - Claflin

Cody Price - Bushton


Ellinwood High School

Jordan Duvall - Ellinwood

Alexander Robl - Ellinwood

Cassidy Schlessiger - Ellinwood

Cody Wondra - Ellinwood


Great Bend High School

Brittnee Barber - Great Bend

Michala Bieker - Great Bend

Olivia Blackwell - Great Bend

Rachel Carpenter - St. John

Shelby Deist - Great Bend

Quinton Elliott - Great Bend

Jordan Ewing - Great Bend

Taylor Fugitt - Great Bend

Taylor Huslig - Great Bend

Danielle Jordan - Great Bend

Morgan Kottas - Great Bend

Kaylan Lagerman - Great Bend

Macy Moyers - Great Bend

Dodge Nily - Great Bend

Bethany Reiser - Great Bend

Tanya Sanchez - Great Bend

Heather Schneider - Great Bend

Abby Stiner - Great Bend

Jordan Stoulil - Great Bend

Bryan Vasquez - Great Bend

Lauren Welsch - Great Bend

Benjamin Witte - Great Bend

Gabriel Zorn - Great Bend


Hoisington High School

Kayleigh Bitter - Hoisington

Kylie Broeder - Great Bend

Ryan Broeder - Great Bend

Emily Hammond - Great Bend

Rylie Koester - Hoisington

Sienna Ludwig - Hoisington

Katherine Schmitt - Hoisington

Karisa Schremmer - Hoisington

Melissa Stout - Hoisington




Kinsley-Offerle High School

Aylin Garcia - Kinsley

Natalie Holguin - Lewis

Laura Werner - Kinsley




Larned High School

Jennifer Applequist - Larned

Katelyn Baker - Larned

Wyatt Davis - Larned

Kaitlyn Finger - Belpre

Katherine Schroeder - Larned


Pawnee Heights High School

Daiden Blattner - Hanston




La Crosse High School

Alex Jay - La Crosse

Tessa Pierce - La Crosse


Otis-Bison High School

Eric Frieb - Olmitz

Brandon Keller - Albert




Macksville High School

BreAnn Anshutz - St. John

Lane Sebes - Lewis


St. John High School

Jeremy Crockett - St. John

Brandi Hanson - St. John

Devin Willinger - St. John

Casey Cargill - Stafford

Brooke McNickle – Stafford.

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