FORT RILEY - Donning big smiles and holding hands, Dionne and Derrick Sullivan were at the front of the room, about to make a big commitment, but they weren't getting married. They already tied the knot years ago. This time, the walk down the aisle was accompanied by "Pomp and Circumstance," and their commitment was to continued education and self-improvement. The Sullivans were graduating on the same day with associate degrees in general studies from Barton Community College at Fort Riley.
Barton Community College has announced its 2013-14 Brant J. Ballhorst Student Ambassador of the Year awards. Named in memory of Brant J. Ballhorst, the award recognizes two outstanding student ambassadors each year. The winners this year were Holland Mosier of Great Bend and Kami Maxwell of Odin.
The Kansas State Board of Education will host focus groups across the state to gather constituent input as the search for Kansas' new Commissioner of Education gets underway. Former Education Commissioner Dr. Diane DeBacker submitted her resignation in April to accept a position as the advisor to the director general of the Abu Dhabi Education Council.
The Great Bend High School KAY club celebrates a successful year, at a meeting on May 13. KAY President Justin Kuhlman slides the gold bar into the awards plaque that the club earned by having service projects, programs and leadership opportunities. Also pictured are Ryan Clark, Logan Zecha and Bryce Beck. The club learned that the GBHS blood drive received more donations than the Hays High School drive, and so GBHS gets to keep the traveling trophy. The club is sponsored by Tina Hiss and Ryan Pinkall
Colton Churchill, an FFA member of Ellinwood HS-FFA, has been awarded a $1,000 scholarship by Marmie Ford, Inc. and Ford Motor Company through the National FFA Scholarship program. Colton is the son of Chad and Shelly Churchill of Ellinwood.
Pawnee Height's Annual Academic Fair was held on April 23rd. It was entitled "It's Interactive!" because almost all the displays were something to play with try, or watch. Students from K-12 had displays throughout the school. Artwork and activities, included a huge cereal box house in the second grade room and a chance to learn how to write like an Egyptian in the sixth grade room.
More than 1,100 students are expected to participate in Pittsburg State University's spring commencement exercises on May 9 and 10. Commencement exercises will be held in the Garfield Weede physical education building on the PSU campus. The College of Education and the College of Technology's ceremonies will take place Friday evening. The College of Arts and Sciences' departments of Art, Communication and History, Philosophy and Social Sciences will take place Saturday morning.
Sunflower Bank in Great Bend and Ellinwood recently wrapped up the Community Ambassador Program. The program gives high school seniors the opportunity to hone skills, experience life after high school, network with local leaders and explore unique elements of their hometown.