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."
Windell Middlebrooks, a Sterling College alumnus, recently debuted in his first role as a regular on the new ABC series "Body of Proof." Middlebrooks is certainly is not new to television as his recognizable face has been seen on the Disney Channel television series "The Suite Life on Deck" and in national advertisements as the Miller High Life Delivery Man.
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment's Bureau of Waste Management has awarded grants in the amount of $68,702 to twenty six Kansas schools from districts across the state. The grant awards range from $200 to $4,500, the maximum amount eligible under the Green School grant program. These grants are for projects to take place during the 2011–2012 school year and projects include purchasing recycling bins, beginning composting programs for cafeteria waste and field trips to community recycling centers. This marks the fourth round of Waste Management Green School grants.
During this season of appreciation and gratitude Wellness students in Mrs. Wilborn's classes at HMS have written letters to our Military Servicemen and Servicewomen as part of Operation Gratitude.
Dr. John Palsmeier, the son of Ted and Lillian Palsmeier of Conway Springs and the grandson of Betty Mae Axman of Olmitz, began working at NuScale Power in Corvallis, Ore. on October 13, as a nuclear probabilistic risk assessment analyst. NuScale is developing a new reactor design emphasizing significant advances in safety and John is part of the group which evaluates the ability of the reactor to withstand accidents which exceed design specifications.
The Barton Community College debate and forensics team's season is in full swing. The team earned awards at a tournament at Hutchinson Community College Nov. 1-2 and a two-part debate and forensics tournament at Tulsa Community College Nov. 14-16.
Chase High School 1st Nine Weeks Honor Roll
Nine students of Dr. Joseph Perniciaro, associate professor of music and theatre at Fort Hays State University, won recognition at the recent National Association of Teachers of Singing West Central regional student competition.
CLEARWATER - Ten members of the Great Bend High School Kays and 17 Kayettes attended the Area 6 KAY Regional Conference on Nov. 5 at Clearwater High School. The clubs returned with the highest state award possible. The Kays and Kayettes each received the Gold Award, recognizing their student leadership and service to their school, community, nation and world for the 2013-2014 school year.
TOPEKA – Following a nationwide search, the Kansas State Board of Education today announced its selection of Dr. Randy Watson, Superintendent of McPherson Unified School District 418, to become Kansas' next Commissioner of Education. Watson replaces Dr. Diane DeBacker who resigned her position earlier this year to serve as senior advisor to the Director General of the Abu Dhabi Education Council.
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