LAWRENCE— Students from 10 Kansas high schools will be honored Monday, Feb. 6, by the University of Kansas Alumni Association and KU Endowment.

A total of 75 seniors from high schools in Cherokee and Crawford counties will be recognized for their academic achievements and named Kansas Honor Scholars at a 6:30 p.m. dinner and program at Pittsburg Memorial Auditorium, 503 N Pine St., Pittsburg.

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. Lisa Pinamonti Kress, director of admissions at KU, 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. Nancy Scott and Michael Brewer, of Pittsburg, are the site coordinators. Rodney and Karen Odgers, of Pittsburg, are the coordinators for Cherokee and Crawford counties.

The Kansas Honors Program is made possible by KU Endowment and proceeds from the Jayhawk license plate program. The Class of 2017 scholars are:


Baxter Springs High School

Riley Abernathy - Quapaw

Karley Bailey - Baxter Springs

Tyler Bottorff - Galena

Alexis Dewey - Baxter Springs

Jazmyne Graves - Baxter Springs

Shayla Hopkins - Baxter Springs

Alisha Houser - Baxter Springs

Drake Shaw - Baxter Springs

Sarah Spencer - Baxter Springs

Columbus Unified High School

Shelby Bagdriwicz - Columbus

Melanie Coons - Columbus

Christopher Zeppelin Groves-Speer - Columbus

Jaci Hill - Columbus

Alexis Houser - Columbus

Taytum Langerot - Columbus

Abby Sills - Columbus

Abigail Zahm - Columbus

Galena High School

Nikki Brownlee - Galena

Madyson Clifford - Galena

Ashlyn Henderson - Joplin

Nichole Lindsey - Galena

Patrick James Sarwinski - Galena

Riverton High School

Taylor Compton - Baxter Springs

AnElizabeth Henry - Galena

Gage Robinson - Galena

Colten Shockley - Baxter Springs

Bridget Tyree - Columbus


Frontenac High School

Kasey Dixon - Pittsburg

Lauren Eagon - Asbury

Alexandra Heckadon - Frontenac

Brandon Mlekus - Frontenac

Maggie Murray - Frontenac

Bralyn Wilson - Frontenac

Kieran Wilson - Frontenac

Girard High School

Kaden Belcher - Girard

Kendall Belcher - Girard

Heidi Burns - Girard

Ethan Doherty - Girard

Caylee Egbert - McCune

Sydney Gottlob - Girard

Layne Karhoff - Girard

Cailie Logue - Erie

Eric Wilson - Girard

Northeast High School

Kelsea Choate - Mulberry

Lindsey Fox - Arma

Montana Parcel - Pittsburg

Ashley Watson - Arma

Pittsburg High School

Karla Arana-Vasquez - Pittsburg

Justin Blythe - Pittsburg

Morgan Burns - Pittsburg

Kayla Clark - Pittsburg

Annette Cortes - Pittsburg

Kristen Geiger - Pittsburg

Isaiah Harris - Pittsburg

Trevin Jameson - Pittsburg

Conner Lehman - Pittsburg

Logan Lord - Pittsburg

Karis Mengarelli - Pittsburg

Taylor Muff - Pittsburg

Megan Munger - Pittsburg

Mackenzie O'Dell - Pittsburg

Andrew Ortolani - Pittsburg

Trina Paul - Pittsburg

Caleb Poenitske - Pittsburg

Corbin Russell - Pittsburg

Zachary Uttley - Pittsburg

Coral VanBecelaere - Pittsburg

Taylor Compton - Baxter Springs

AnElizabeth Henry - Galena

Gage Robinson - Galena

Colten Shockley - Baxter Springs

Bridget Tyree - Columbus

Southeast High School

Shi Ann Crumpacker - Cherokee

Stephanie Dye - Cherokee

Morgan Leeper - Columbus

Madison Westervelt - Cherokee

St. Mary's-Colgan High School

Allie Evans - Columbus

Austin Lindsey - Pittsburg

Emily Paterni - Pittsburg

Dominic Piccini - Pittsburg

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