Students from 10 Kansas high schools were honored Wednesday, Oct. 22, by the University of Kansas Alumni Association and KU Endowment.
A total of 295 seniors from high schools in Johnson County will be recognized for their academic achievements and named Kansas Honor Scholars at a 7 p.m. program and reception at Olathe South High School, 1640 E. 151st St, Olathe.
Since 1971, the Kansas Honors Program has recognized over 125,000 scholars who rank in the top 10 percent of their high school senior classes and are selected regardless of occupational plans or higher-education goals. Each year, the KU Alumni Association and its volunteers host 36 programs that reach all 105 counties across the state and include approximately 360 high schools.
During the ceremony, each student will receive a Webster’s New College Dictionary and a commemorative certificate.
Mary Lee Hummert, interim vice chancellor for research at the University of Kansas, will speak to the students and their parents and guests.
Community volunteers collect reservations, coordinate details and serve as local contacts for the event. Mark and Elaine Corder, of Olathe, serve as Johnson County coordinators. Elaine Vallejos, of Olathe, is the site coordinator and Johnson County Coordinator.
The Kansas Honors Program is made possible by KU Endowment and proceeds from the Jayhawk license plate program. The Class of 2015 scholars:
Recipients include, from Gardner Edgerton High School: Marcos Aleman, Lucas Allen – Gardner; Brandon Belcher – Gardner; Ryan Billups – Gardner; Cassidy Brandt – Gardner; Sydney Clarke – Edgerton; Lauren Diederich – Gardner; Sydney Eaton – Gardner; Amy Eichman – Gardner; Alison Faris – Gardner; Sean Grossnickle – Springhill; Alexandra  Haag – Gardner; Jacob Haywood – Gardner; Hunter Hilliker – Gardner; Caroline Hogue – Gardner; Amy Hurd – Gardner; Krista Long – Gardner; Bryce MacDonald – Gardner; Cooper McGuire – Gardner; Angelica Mitchell – Gardner; Colton Mullin – Gardner; Bryan Njogu – Gardner; Joseph O’Connor – Gardner; Morgan Peine – Gardner; Kendra Rogers – Gardner; Bethany Schultz – Gardner; Ashia Sihongheune – Gardner; Shelby Simpson – Springhill; Alexandria Siscoe – Gardner; Danielle Sprague – Gardner; Aubrie Stricker – Gardner; Ashton Vega – Gardner; Maria Vite – Gardner; Jordan Weyand – Gardner; Sarah Woods – Olathe; Heritage Christian Academy; Emily Currey – Olathe; Jared Finley – Gardner; Spring Hill High School; Taylor Boyle – Olathe; Macy Burke – Olathe; Alisa Childress – Olathe; Olivia Childress – Olathe; Kaitlyn Churchill – Spring Hill; Tessa Davids – Spring Hill; Erin Drees – Spring Hill; Brenna Ewing – Spring Hill; Ali  Ghaisarnia – Spring Hill; Taurean Guzman – Spring Hill; Cody John – Spring Hill; Kasaundra Kosberg – Spring Hill; Garrett Kroutch – Spring Hill; William Mccreight – Spring Hill; Anna Mitchell – Spring Hill; Riley Pettit – Olathe; Sydney Shoemaker – Spring Hill; Mattison Sills – Spring Hill; Kaylynn Smith – Spring Hill; Marissa Volkman – Spring Hill; Riley Waddle – Spring Hill; Kendra Wendte – Spring Hill