Barton Community College has announced its 2012-13 Brant J. Ballhorst Student Ambassadors of the Year.
Named in memory of Brant J. Ballhorst, the award recognizes two outstanding student ambassadors, Michelle Klepper and Paulina Montoya of Ellinwood.
A ceremony honoring the recipients was held at noon on Friday. The recipients were chosen by their peers and Barton’s admissions staff.
Director of Admissions Tana Cooper said ambassadors play a vital role in showing people what Barton is all about.
Ambassador of the Year Michelle Klepper is the daughter of Tony and Cheryl Klepper of Ellinwood. She is a sophomore and participated in Community Student Organization, Phi Theta Kappa and was a member of the women’s cross country and track teams. She plans to continue her education at Fort Hays State University where she will major in business management with a concentration in human resources management.
Ambassador of the Year Paulina Montoya is the daughter of Jorge Montoya of Los Angeles and Monica and Russell Ringering of Ellinwood. She is a sophomore and will return to Barton next year to complete the Medical Lab Technician program and will continue to work as a Student Ambassador.
The Admissions Office will also honor Michelle Miller as the recipient of this year’s The Rock Award, presented to a student who goes above and beyond the call of duty in assisting that office. Miller is the daughter of Steve and Kim Miller of Ellinwood. She was involved in Phi Theta Kappa and women’s Tennis and she plans to continue her education at FHSU majoring in elementary education with a minor in English for Speakers of Other Languages.