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Kern, Maier named 2022 Governor’s Scholars
Courtesy photo Kennedy Kern receives a Governor’s Scholar Award from Gov. Laura Kelly
Courtesy photo Chase Maier receives a Governor’s Scholar Award from Gov. Laura Kelly.

At the invitation of Kansas Governor Laura Kelly, Kennedy L. Kern of Great Bend and Chase Maier of Hoisington were selected to attend the 39th Annual Governor’s Scholars Awards Program on May 1 in Topeka.

The recognition ceremony honors the top academic one percent of Kansas high school seniors. Scholars are selected from accredited public and private schools in the state.

“These high school seniors have shown dedication in their studies and a commitment to learning. They’ve earned this honor, and I want to congratulate them on this achievement,” Governor Kelly said “We also should recognize their families, teachers, and mentors for helping these outstanding students achieve their academic goals.”

This program is coordinated for the Governor by the Confidence in Kansas Public Education Task Force and is funded by donations from private sector businesses in Kansas. The Confidence in Kansas Public Education Task Force was formed 39 years ago to strengthen public confidence in education. The following organizations are members of the Task Force: American Association of University Women, Kansas State Board of Education, Kansas Association of School Boards, Kansas Congress of Parents and Teachers, Kansas State Department of Education, Kansas State High School Activities Association, Kansas National Education Association, Kansas League of Women Voters, and United School Administrators of Kansas.

2022 Governor’s Scholars

Central Plains High School, Claflin - Kerrick Benavidez

Ellinwood High School - Gavin Webber

Great Bend High School - Alayna G. Irwin, Kennedy Laine Kern

Hoisington High School - Chase Maier

La Crosse High School - Danielle Wagner

Larned High School - Kathryn Holt

Little River High School - Jessie Smith

Lyons High School - Lily Noel Stansbury

Macksville High School - Emma Jo Hottovy

Nickerson High School - Kieryn Nicole Ontjes

Ness City High School - Taylor Melissa Starr

Otis-Bison High School - Thomas Bahr

Western Plains High School, Ransom - Michael Jameson Hayes

Pawnee Heights High School, Rozel - Adam Hands

Russell High School - LaAries Pacifico Winzerling

St. John-Hudson High School - Elijah Delp

Stafford High School - Makayla Sedore

Sterling High School - Ty Fulbright

Kansas Governor’s 

Scholars 2022 statistics:

• 98% participate in co-curricular activities; of these, 6.3% participate in athletic activities only, 24.6% participate in non-athletic activities and 69.1% participate in both

• 99.4% plan to attend college or pursue formal education/training next year; 52.7% in Kansas, 31.1% out of state and 26.2% undecided