Chance Kurtz was named the 2014 Mulvane High School senior class salutatorian. Kurtz attended school in Great Bend from second through eighth grade.
Washburn University has released the names of students who were named to the spring semester Dean's Honor Roll. To be named to the list, a student must be enrolled in at least 12 graded semester credit hours and attain a semester grade point average between 3.4 and 3.99.
Washburn University student Randi McAfee, of Great Bend, has been inducted into Sigma Lambda, a criminal justice honor society.
The University of Kansas Political Science Department honored its top students at their Recognition Ceremony, with awards and induction into Pi Sigma Alpha last month at the Adams Alumni Center.
Colton Lagerman is the 2014 Ryan Joseph Bealer Memorial Scholarship recipient. Lagerman is a 2014 graduate of Great Bend High School and will be attending the University of Kansas this fall, majoring in Chemical Engineering. With friends, he enjoys building projects such as a large trebuchet and gas powered bicycles, having cookouts, and playing the occasional video game. Lagerman excels academically and participated in National Honors Society, Student Council, and the Future Business Leaders of America.
Logan Evers of Great Bend High School was recently presented the school's highest agricultural honor, the DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award, sponsored by the Monsanto Company. He received the award for excellence in academics, leadership and agricultural work experience. Logan's significant experiences and accomplishments have included maintaining a 3.98 GPA and Vice-president of the GBHS FFA Chapter. He also received a proficiency award in vegetable production.
Seniors at McPherson College had just one more step to take before they could receive their diplomas at graduation on May 25 - senior projects, presentations, shows or other final assignments.
Ashley Parrott of La Crosse and Jessica Kraisinger of Otis, both students at Emporia State University, were initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation's oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines.
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's Center for Adult Education will start its 9-week GED Preparation Class on Tuesday. For those who do well, BCC scholarships may be available.
Five Barton instructors earned the Distinguished Instructor Award for the 2013-2014 school year for their efforts in the classroom.
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.
LAWRENCE - Nine students at the University of Kansas School of Law, including one from Great Bend, have been chosen as Dean's Fellows for the 2014-15 academic year.
More than a decade removed from high school with four kids and a wife to support and no career prospects, 32-year-old Rey Rodriguez turned to Barton Community College's Automotive Technician program to change his life.
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