Stuart Sprague of Manhattan was recently selected as one of 10 Kansas State University graduate students to earn honors at Research and the State held in the K-State Student Union.
Sprague, a doctoral student in horticulture, was chosen for his presentation titled “Expression of ATGRXS17 in Maize increases yield under heat stress.” His faculty advisor is Sunghun Park, associate professor of horticulture and natural resources.
The winning research presentations by K-State graduate students were selected to represent the university at the 15th Capitol Graduate Research Summit to be held Feb. 20 at the State Capitol.
Research and the State involved 62 participants from five academic colleges and 25 graduate programs. The event was sponsored by the Graduate Student Council, the Graduate School, the Office of the President and the Office of the Provost and Senior Vice President. Each winner received a $250 scholarship.
The Capitol Graduate Research Summit is an annual statewide summit for Kansas legislators and features current research of graduate students at Kansas State University, the University of Kansas, the University of Kansas Medical Center, Wichita State University, Emporia State University, Fort Hays State University and Pittsburg State University. A university professor and an industry representative will judge the poster and student presentations. The top presenter from each university will be awarded a $500 award. In addition, BioKansas will select a winner from each university whose research has the greatest potential for commercialization. Each winner will receive a $500 award from BioKansas.
Four students from Kansas State University’s School of Music, Theatre, and Dance have been selected as regional nominees for the prestigious Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship.
A regional representative from the scholarship sponsor, the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, selected the nominees based on their performances in “The Arsonists” or “Into the Woods,” two productions staged by K-State Theatre this fall. As nominees, they are invited to audition for the scholarship, which is named for the award-winning actress best known for playing Granny on the television classic “The Beverly Hillbillies.”
Nominated to compete for the regional honor, a $500 scholarship, are Chelsea Turner, junior in American ethnic studies, Kansas City, for her role as Billie Eisenring in “The Arsonists”; Sterling Oliver, junior in theatre and applied music, Marysville, for his role as the Narrator in “Into the Woods”; Morgan Lynn Sterrett, junior in theatre, Overland Park, for her role as Little Red Ridinghood in “Into the Woods”; and Michael Duncan, sophomore in theatre, Topeka, for his role as Josef Schmitz in “The Arsonists.”
Regional auditions for the scholarship will take place in January in Des Moines, Iowa. Those selected will go on to participate at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. They will compete for two $2,500 scholarships.
The Kansas Honors Program, a longstanding tradition of the University of Kansas Alumni Association and KU Endowment, recently honored more than 3,600 high school seniors throughout Kansas for their academic excellence and achievement.
The Alumni Association implemented several changes to the program this year, including reducing the number of ceremonies from 36 to 12. Scholars and their families were invited to attend any of the 12 regional ceremonies. These changes will ultimately provide greater flexibility for students and their families, reduce program expenses, and allow the University and the Alumni Association to create more scholarship opportunities.
Ceremonies included speakers, recognition of the scholars, and a reception for scholars, families, school administrators and alumni. During the ceremony, students received distinctive Kansas Honor Scholar medallions that can be worn at their local graduations or recognition events. In addition, the Alumni Association will mail certificates to all high schools for distribution to all 3,600 Kansas Honor Scholars. For more information and to register online, visit kualumni.org/khs.
Since 1971 the Alumni Association has honored more than 135,000 high school seniors for ranking academically in the top 10 percent of their class. The Kansas Honors Program is made possible by KU Endowment, alumni donations and proceeds from the Alumni Association’s Jayhawk license plate program.
Northeast Kansas students honored include:
Abilene High School — Emma Bathurst, Kaylin Beswick, Hannah Colburn, Baylie Dockins, Brittney Ebersole, Adara James, Ellitot Kobiskie, Jensen Roth, Kyler Schardein, Sydney Stout, Alize Tyler, Jaden Walters, and Benjamin Wright.
Axtell High School — Montana Heinen, and Makenna Koch.
Blue Valley Randolph High School — Kacie Duncan, Kathryn Hutson, Sami Pfaff, and Katie Pralle.
Burlingame High School — Tristan Lee, Kylie Masters, and Dalton Sporing.
Burlington High School — Branden Alford, Taylr Bahr, Kylie Engel, Courtney Goetz, Jeffrey Stewart, Lauren Suter, and Camrie Wagner.
Cair Paravel Latin School — Sydney Borders, and Shelby Cornwell.
Centralia High School — Dylan Boeckman, Parker Bowers, and Katie Glatczak.
Chapman High School — Lindsey Anderson, Codie Boyd, Pierce Hayden, Christopher Lockwood, Brianna Loy, Kaitlyn Prater, Jamie Rock, Alyssa Sewell, and Steel Streeton.
Clay Center Community High School — Kinzey Cott, Brigham Glaves, Joshua Haden, Kareem Hamadah, William Kalivoda, Ty Pfizenmaier, Evan Rosenow, and MaKenna Savener.
Clifton-Clyde High School — Gavin Cyr, Clay Girard, Bradley Koch, and Lori Leiszler.
Council Grove High School — Matthew Goeckel, Treyse King, Samuel Kirk, Beau Peterson, Morgan Poole, and Dominic Stover.
Emporia High School — Kenji Anderson, Edmond Cheung, Allison Christensen, Alyssa Cox, Devan Crow, Zuleima Duran, Emma Fornelli, Maura Halleran, Payton Harmon, Austin Hibler, Falastina Kair, Jiawen Lin, Brian Madrigal, Gustavo Murillo-Espinoza, Reagan Nelson, Braxton Pauls, Florencio Perez, Laiza Perez, Emma Persinger, Colin Polston, Maria Razo Morales, Hayley Sanborn, Brandan Scheller, Madison Schenker, McKayla Schenker, Whitney Sparks, Abigail Stewart, Hannah Taylor, Sadie Trear, Marisleysis Velazquez, Morgan Williams, and Olivia Young.
Flint Hills Christian School — Nathan Featherstone, and Kelsey Warren.
Frankfort High School — Tegan Brandt, and Shirley Brodric.
Hanover High School — Tasha Bruna, Rachel Scherling, and Claire Zarybnicky.
Hartford High School — Maisie Schroeder.
Hayden High School — Amanda Desch, Alexandra Estes, Caroline Gatschet, Joseph Kennedy, Jenna Lenherr, Brenna Morrissey, Garrett Muller, and Cecilia Schmitz.
Herington High School — DeAnna Beardslee, Albert Leach, Justin Miller, and Theron Miller.
Heritage Christian School — Nathaniel Kessler, Trevor Rand, and Matthew Watkins.
Hiawatha High School — Liam Brook, Lindsay Hinton, Dannell Kopp, Brianna Martinson, Josie Pierce, and Tess Wolney.
Highland Park High School — Shamar Alexander-Franklin, Norma L Arreola-Garcia, Haley Ann Beutler, Jacqueline Cabello, Maxwell Curry, Alejandro De La Torre, Osbaldo Reyes Gonzalez, Kerrigan Grace Hartzell, Derek Martinez Reynaga, Kathy Martinez Reynaga, Alijah Miraje McCracken, Amber M Moore, Jaquelin Morales Arteaga, Marineth Garcia Ordinal, Angelo Raekwon Plakio, Analisa Rene’ Ramos, Kayevonne Ajaya Renee Smith, and Eddie A Tiscareno.
Holton High School — Mason Chanay, Emma Gilliland, Adam Haussler, Brooklyn Klahr, Janae Skaggs, Mason Strader, and Alexis Twombly.
Hope High School — Maleah Meyer.
Horton High School — Kristin Becker, Kendra Cowley, Cole Gormley, Callie Hoobler, and Tucker Taff.
Jackson Heights High School — Hanna Davault, Braden Dohl, Chase Gigstad, and Kate Lierz.
Jefferson County North High School — Halle Davis, Jentri Fowler, Ridge Robertson, and Knox Tweed.
Jefferson West High School — Miranda Bahm, Piper Davis, Kensley Fleischer, Kody Gibson, Jordan Hawman, Cooper Mickens, Mariah Murdie, and James Sayles.
Junction City High School — Shamary Banks, Max Bazan, Brittany Bell, Tiyana Bochmann, Chloe Brass, Sidney Budinas, Jadie Chauncey, Jiahao Chen, Cassondra Chesterman, Kennedy Cox, Taylor Curtright, Laramie Diestelkamp, Jordan Dombrowski, Alora Duran, Leah Ervin, Tyler Gromlovits, Lauryn Kemp, Gabriella Khoury, Anne Kim, David Kim, Alyssa Kramer, Ashley McCarthy, K-Leigh Monaghan, Ashley Osorio, Antonio Porter, Jr., Briana Potter, Breanna Raulston, Julianys Rivera Ortiz, Shaineska Rivera Ortiz, Natalie Santa, Alise Santos, Monica Savath, King-Justice Shaw, Chloe Smith, R’ielle Smith, and Gabriella Towne, and Jioh Park.
Lawrence High School — Ainsley Agnew, Laurel Bird, Ashlee Brown, Bryce Cooper, Allison Day, Calvin Dewitt, Graham Edmonds, Satori Good, Kiana Hajiarbabi, Quentin Harrington, Caleb Hogan, Jackson Hoy, Tyler Johnson, William Kampa, Audrey Kaufman, Mariah Kaufman, Chisato Kimura, Zachary Lindemann, Grace Lynch, Leah Marett, Benjamin Matthews, Nicholas Miller, Brock Morris, Mason Phelps, Jacob Rajewski, Grayson Rodriquez, Taeghan Sharpe, Joseph Slaugh, Cesar Smokowski, Mia Talley, Ethan Taylor, Stephen Teska, Chloe Thornton, Justin Truong, Kacee Truong, Diamonique Vann, Mia Waters, Vance Weber, and Megan Wisbey.
Lebo High School — Haley Crupper, and Claudia Hein.
Linn High School — Evan Bott, Shelby Ohlde, Tanner Spence, and Emily Weiche.
Lyndon High School — Gretchen Newberry, Dexton Swinehart, and Lauren Vollkman.
Manhattan High School — Margaret Auten, Ella Bahr, Andrew Bai, Olivia Belin, Zachary Bergeron, Leah Beyer, Neeley Bowden, Jackson Boyle, Richard Brown, Kenneth Cecil, Jacob Clanton, Samuel Clark, Lilian Colburn, Makenna Eilert, Stephanie Fu, Gloria Gantt, Kendra Geisbrecht, Creighton Glasscock, Isaiah Glymour, Erin Hackenberg, Carley Harris, Alexander Henton, Neely Joyce, Luann Jung, Nicole Keller, Bhavin Koirala, Ethan Koopman, Michael Kovar, Leon Li, Logan Logback, Alex Lu, Caleb Luck, Max Maus, Margaret Morgan, Elizabeth Mummert, Zijin Peng, Christina Price, Benjamin Schlageck, Juliana Schwartz, Noah Shirk, Kendall Smith, Kaitlin Steward, Keegan Taylor, Andrew Topham, and Audra Weber.
Marais des Cygnes Valley High School — Kali Holt.
Marysville High School — Haley Bruna, Alex Denner, Katherine Lauer, Sarah Roberts, Brennan Wetter, and Avery Williams.
McLouth High School — Ashley Boyd, Ceara Funk, and Jenna Johnston.
Mission Valley High School — Emma Boyd, Cade Clark, Payton Enzbrenner, and Daniel Richter.
Nemaha Central High School — Reilly Haverkamp, Mitchell Heiman, Sara Kuckelman, Laura Macke, Caleb Niehues, and Aidan Schmelzle.
Northern Heights High School — Andrea Anderson, Karsen DeWeese, and Cecilie McKenzie.
Olpe High School — Jenna Duncan, Nathan Lee, Kadon Redeker, Brianna Vogts, and Hanna Wecker.
Onaga High School — Kendal Krohn, and Martina Miller.
Osage City High School — Georgia Hutton, Weston Littrell, Carter Swindale, and Tyson Wilkins.
Oskaloosa High School — Zachariah Harvey, Triston Hopkins, Jared Miller, and Lauren Mitchell.
Perry-Lecompton High School — Megan Fast, Joel Guess, Brenna Spurling, Jacalyn Supernaw-Marcum, and Sarah Ward.
Riley County High School — Tyler Halstead, Taylor LeMay, Tory Thomson, and Saige VanSickle.
Rock Creek High School — Katherine Dulohery, Marshall Fike, Haley Petty, Zane Roberts, Derek Shaheen, Haley Smith, and Kacy Turnbull.
Rossville High School — Kylee Badura, Ashley Douglas, Cory Hadsall, Hannah Miller, and Kathleen Schuler.
Royal Valley High School — Garrett Hicks, Shannon Nease, Page Simpson, Dillon Smith, and Danielle Stithem.
Sabetha High School — Larke Edelman, Sonja Menold, Leah Metzger, Laurel Smith, Justin Wenger, and McKayla Henry.
Santa Fe Trail High School — Breanna Adams, Xavier Ard, Brooke Baker, Madelyn Foster, Hailey Hall, Savannah Lankton, Sarah Ralston, and Tara Turner.
Seaman High School — Spencer Allacher, Tyler Beavers, Avery Bocquin, Kennedy Boyles, Nicholas Brady, Kyser Dougan, Colby Edinborough, Natalie Ford, John Forrer, Tara Foster, Jordan Frickey, Cooper Garman, Rylee Harrelson, Avary Huff, Emily Jowers, Bailey Keating, Elijah Laird, Mason Loy, Mitchell Miller, Mackenzie Moylan, Katherine Mulqueen, Zachary Patton, Reagan Propps, Samantha Reed, Yahaira Saliceti, Logan Stuke, Lauren West, Jacob Wildeman, Shelby Willmer, and Courtney Wohletz.
Shawnee Heights High School — Mason Abshier, Clare Bindley, Luke Cavazos, Markus DePriest, Janie Failor, Makayla Hahn, Avery Hauschild, Taylor Heinenken, Hunter Henderson, Cade Holmes, Elijah Hurr, Josie Hutcheson, Alayna Janke, Mitchell Lady, Joshua Larson, Airica Liberty, Destiny Magnett, Tamara McConnell, Elise Mccoy, Nathan Mercer, Mariam Oubaid, Ashley Pheigaru, Anna Schmidtlein, Sydney Shortman, Macey Spaulding, Elaena Steffen, Madison Stessman, Kailey Ward, and Tyler White.
Silver Lake High School — Trent Byers, Joshua Dallman, Jade Mountain, Keith Nagy, and Brady Snook.
Solomon High School — Katherine Daily, Alexia Maddy, and Maddison Robinson.
Southern Coffey County High School — Chonnor Ludolph, and Erikah Lyons.
St. Mary’s High School — Mitchel Flanagan, Logan Hurla, Maci Schoemann, Madison Schoemann, and Peter Trausch.
Topeka High School — Edward Baker, Bannon Beall, Starlette Blanshan, Paul Cabili, Fischer Carr, Sabrina Cathcart, Alessandra Chavez, Casey Chestnut, Brody Cunningham, Yulisa De la Torre, Nell DeCoursey Brennan, Aja Gamble, Jada Gardner, Erika Hartman, Madeline Hatesohl, Julia Howell, Emma Hubka, Savanah Jackson, Andrew Mahan, Tanner Matthias, Adrianna Mead, Nabor Morales, Grant Nichol, Riley Pfannenstiel, Jolie Regnier, Angelina Rodriguez, Danielle Schiefelbein, Amber Schmidt, Trenton Searles, Brittany Sirridge, Alani Snook, Luna Steele, Rachel Stewart, Benjamin Thoeni, Ferry Torres, Joseph Valadez, Dulce Valenzuela, Ross Vincent, and Parker Wright.
Topeka West High School — Bresha Banks, Makaila Cowdin, Alexandra Crowl, Janki Desai, Christopher Ellis, Bradie Frizzell, Myles Genrich, Lauren Gomez, Bailee Hanshaw, Columba Herrera, Charmaine Kiamco, Nina Killion, Adam Lancaster, Sydnee Parsons, Max Perez, Claire Perry, Kezia Profitt, Tori Rickerson, Francisca Rodriguez-Bolanos, Jaden Voelcker, Dayonde’ Wheeler, Taylor Wingert-Ashlock, Adam Wood, and Braden Zeferjahn.
Valley Falls High School — Rachel Frakes, Taryn Lee, Paige Wildeman, and Ryan Wunder.
Valley Heights High School — Shea Manley, Kayla Smith, and Byran Yungeberg.
Wabaunsee High School — Elizabeth Erikson, Justin Fager, Monica Moser, and Hadley Schreiner.
Wakefield High School — Gabrielle Nelms, and Jeffrey Thompson.
Wamego High School — Blake Arria, Elise Artzer, Noah Bailey, Cheyanne Brunner, Josephine Fails, Jeremy Fritz, Amber Hildebrand, Jackson Jantz, Sydnee Marquardt, Gwendolyn Schwein, Anthony Sramek, Anna Vanstory, and Vontz Alexander.
Washburn Rural High School — Mariam Ashfaq, Laurel Aspegren, Brynnae Baker, Zachary Bures, Faith Butler, Kjarstyn Davis, Gabrielle Duffens, Camber English, Lyle Fisher, Ryan Flory, Abigail Glynn, Michaela Gnagi, Luke Gomez, Alyssa Guillen, Jack Hamilton, Collin Hensyel, Grace Hutchinson, Kim Jalosjos, Emily Kaufman, Quinn Leyda, Megan Lucas, Mindy McKinley, Jacob McNamee, Elizabeth Millburn, Catherine Moody, Taylor Morrow, Michael Navarro, Kathryn Rasmussen, Alexis Rawlings, Cole Resnik, Ryan Reza, Kade Schoenfeldt, Marissa Shivers, Baylie Sigmund, Lesly Torices, Joseph Vlach, Katie Welch, Amanda Winter, Cortlyn Wolfe, Matthew Wolfe, and Thomas Wu.
Washington County High School — Malachi L’Ecuyer, and Scuyler Zenger.
Waverly High School — Hannah Gentry.
White City High School — Amy Calvert.