Jennifer Jackson Sanner
KU Alumni Association

KU to honor 35 seniors from high schools in Neosho, Wilson counties

Wed, 03/09/2016

LAWRENCE — Students from six Kansas high schools will be honored March 30 by the University of Kansas Alumni Association and KU Endowment.

A total of 35 seniors from high schools in Neosho and Wilson counties will be recognized for their academic achievements and named Kansas Honor Scholars at a 6:30 p.m. dinner and program at Neodesha High School, 1001 N. Eighth St., Neodesha.

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.

Michael Wade Smith, director of external communications for the School of Business 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. Bob Hosack, of Chanute, is the site coordinator. Dennis Depew, of Neodesha, is a coordinator for the program.

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



Chanute High School

Anna Bagshaw - Chanute

Griffin Cooper - Chanute

Abbegale Funk - Chanute

Drake Gilmore - Chanute

Jacob Klugh - Chanute

Talia Ramsey - Chanute

Madeline Stalder - Humboldt

Vincent Tabares - Chanute

Kelli Thompson - Chanute

Sierra Thompson - Chanute

Rebecca Wendt - Chanute

Kiley Williams - Chanute


Erie High School

Riley Angleton - Erie

Matthew Brungardt - Galesburg

Courtney Gard - Erie

Dominick Pontious - Erie

Ashlyn Taylor - Stark


St. Paul High School

Josie Albertini - St. Paul

Christopher Leistikow - Parsons

Jenny O'Bryan - St. Paul

Jordyn Tuck - Erie




Altoona-Midway High School

Jordyn Graham - Altoona


Fredonia High School

Katie Holm - Fredonia

Dakota Mashek - Fredonia

Charell Mayeske - Fredonia

Abigail Ponce - Fredonia

Dakota Price - Fredonia

Emily Thompson - Neodesha


Neodesha High School

David Depew - Neodesha

Chaundra Franklin - Neodesha

Blake Ivy - Neodesha

Kaitlyn Johnson - Neodesha

Katie Lamendola - Neodesha

Emily Wohaska - Neodesha

Rainie Woldum – Neodesha.

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