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Monday, April 20, 2009


MANHATTAN -- Kansas State University's chapter of Mortar Board Inc. has selected members for the 2009-2010 school year.

Mortar Board is a national honor society that recognizes college seniors for distinguished ability and achievement in scholarship, leadership and service. To be considered for membership, students must have a grade point average of at least 3.0, have exemplary scholarship, leadership and service records, and be committed to involvement in Mortar Board activities throughout the academic year.

At K-State, Mortar Board members are active in service to the campus, community and the state. Activities include creating an annual advice booklet distributed by the university to every incoming freshman in the fall. Through the organization's Reading is Leading initiative, each week two Mortar Board members read stories to children at local grade schools and day care facilities, then donate the books to the groups.

Mortar Board hosts a reception each year to honor faculty members who were selected by the organization because of their outstanding achievements in teaching, advising or mentoring. Mortar Board members also serve as ushers at K-State Landon Lectures and serve as hosts to the university president and his guests at home football games.

In addition, each spring Mortar Board and K-State host the Kansas Academic Decathlon. The event is an academic competition for Kansas high school students.

K-State Mortar Board members for the 2009-2010 school year, all who will be in their senior year, their major and hometown include:

Veronica Baus, marketing, Alexander; Rachel Day, advertising, De Soto; Erin Grotheer, political science, Girard.

From Greater Kansas City: Jesus Garcia, public health nutrition, Merriam; Melanie Peele, animal sciences and industry, and Richard Weerts, pre-professional elementary education, both from Olathe; Claire Cody, dietetics, Hannah Hartsig, history and art, Kayley Otto, senior in secondary education, Andrew Satterlee, chemical engineering, and Ann Virgo, marketing, all from Overland Park; and Josiah Cox, biology, Prairie Village.

Sebastian O'Connor, political science, Hartford; Brandon Harder, animal sciences and industry, Haven; Brittany DeLaney, communication sciences and disorders, Junction City; Zack Pistora, political science, Lawrence; Clayton Theleman, biology, Natoma; Tyler Axman, food science and industry, Olmitz; Andrew Harris, industrial engineering, Pratt; Emily Westfall, Spanish, Topeka; Brian Moore, industrial engineering, Westmoreland.

From Wichita: Aubrey Bamford, biology; Sarah Koci, social work; and Rebecca Ronen, applied music.

From out of state:

Samuel Brinton, mechanical engineering and applied music, Perry, Iowa; Adriana Perrone, architecture, St. Charles, Mo.; and Whitley Fields, architecture, Plano, Texas.