HAYS – After experimenting last year with a special hooding ceremony for graduate students, Fort Hays State University will have a completely separate Commencement this year for students who are receiving advanced degrees. This year marks the first graduating class for the Kansas Academy of Mathematics and Science, which is hosted at FHSU, so KAMS will also have a separate Commencement. For the first time, Commencement at FHSU will consist of three stand-alone ceremonies.
USD 428 Board of Education will meet at 5 p.m. on Monday at the District Education Office, 201 S. Patton Road. Items on the agenda include the district's health initiative, Kansas Safe Routes to School program, approval of the 2011-2012 Certified Employees' Agreement, approval of supplemental salary changes, approval of the 2011-2012 BOE meeting schedule, approval to publish the amended 2010-2011 budget, Kansas Assessments updates, professional development update, and updates on state ad federal programs.
Great Bend High School musicians achieving "I"s at the State Festival last Saturday in Newton were, front row: Hannah Mosier, marimba; Taylor Fry, flute; Holly Mosier, and Estella Schumacher, voice; and Taylor Lampe, trumpet. Second row: Saxophone Quintet members Nick Moyers, Colton Lagerman, Spencer Keil, Stu Hogg and Jake Kohman. "II" ratings were awarded to Nick Moyers, alto sax; Austin Habash, Andrew Coster and the Brass Ensemble (Miles Orth, Kameron Boese, Taylor Lampe, Matthew Bruner, Preston Miller, Elena Lewis, Luke Abbott, Stephanie Langer, Genesis Rose, Kiralynn Bunn and Logan Boyd).
Holy Family School had a "Dress Down Day for a Cause" in April and the "Cause" was Kans for Kids. Students were allowed to dress out of their uniform for one day by either donating $1 or bringing in aluminum cans for Kans for Kids. The Kans for Kids trailer sat in the school parking lot for over a week and the school and parish was encouraged to donate their cans. Several trailers full of cans and a little over $500 was donated to this great organization. In the process, Lauren Miller and Suzanna Schneider decided to have birthday parties ...
Students can boost their brainpower using remote-control race cars in this summer's Fast Track Science Experience, a four-day camp, at Fort Hays State University's Science and Mathematics Education Institute from June 27 to June 30.
Moving ever forward in its leadership in information science education, Fort Hays State University has gained approval from the Kansas Board of Regents for a new Bachelor of Science degree in information systems engineering (ISE).
Kennedy and Coe, LLC, Certified Public Accountants and Consultants, awarded Samantha Francis an accounting scholarship at Fort Hays State University. Samantha is the daughter of Todd and Linda Francis of Great Bend. Samantha is a member of the Accounting Club at FHSU and the treasurer and founding member of the FHSU Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.
Dakota Zecha, a 2011 graduate of Great Bend High School FFA, has been awarded a $1,000 scholarship by Mannie Ford, Inc. and Ford Motor Company. Zecha's parents are Kelly Zecha and Rehna Zecha of Great Bend. Zecha plans to study at North Central Kansas Technical College.
Great Bend Middle School announces the February and March Above and Beyond Winners. Each of these students were nominated by their teachers because they have gone above and beyond the call of duty in becoming a good citizen of GBMS. The students receive a certificate and a pizza and pop luncheon with the school Administrators.
Outstanding scholarship, leadership and service has earned 29 Kansas State University students membership in Chimes, the junior honorary, for the 2011-2012 school year.
PRATT - Pratt Community College Electrical Power Technology Program will host a mini boot camp for high school juniors and seniors with Westar Energy, June 11-12 on the college's main campus at the EPT Center's training field.
Matthew Dobratz of Great Bend has accepted membership in The National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS). Matthew will be honored during an Induction Convocation this fallon the campus of Kansas State University.
Three seniors from Great Bend High School were recently awarded the Summerfield Scholarship and admitted into the University of Kansas Honors Program. The Scholars Recognition Reception took place on April 3 in Lawrence at the University of Kansas Campus in Hasinger Hall. Dr. Kala Stroup, a Great Bend High School graduate, Woman's Hall of Fame Recipient at the University of Kansas and Watkins-Berger Scholarship Alumna was the Keynote Speaker for this very prestigious award banquet.
The Sterling College Biology Department was recently represented at the Kansas Academy of Science Annual Meeting held on April 8-9 in Baldwin City. Two students, Leonore Enfield of Raymond, and Tyler Wise of Clearwater, gave a research presentation titled, "Effects of Prairie Restoration on Small Mammals."
Step It Up For A Cure is an organization in Hays sponsored by Alexis Pfannenstiel and a Fort Hays State University Leadership 310 team. They are making it their mission to minimize the impact of diabetes in the community by contributing funding to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and educating the general public about signs and symptoms of diabetes.
The Department of Music at Sterling College will host Lloyd Larson as the guest composer for the Fifth Annual Composer Festival on Oct. 20. Larson has published over 1,000 compositions and arrangements, resulting in a robust career as a national clinician. The Highland Singers, Sterling Chorale and Concert Choir will join Larson for a concert at 7:30 p.m. on Monday at the United Presbyterian Church in Sterling. The concert is free and open to the public.
Fourth grade teacher Tammy Cale and physical education teacher Bryan Scott, both of Riley Elementary School, were given well-deserved recognition by the USD 428 Board of Education, led by Kevin Mauler, president, Monday night.
It was a heartfelt day for Jefferson School students and staff as they recently learned their efforts last spring earned them recognition from the American Heart Association.
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