Source: Nancy Calhoun, 785-539-4448, ncalhoun@k-state.edu
Hometown connection: Andover, Hamilton, Leawood, Lenexa, Onaga, Overland Park, Salina, Topeka, Towanda, Wamego, Weir and Wichita, Kan. Also for Bellevue, Neb.
News release prepared by: Beth Bohn, 785-532-2535, bbohn@k-state.edu

Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011

Class acts: Honor society recognizes students for outstanding academic work

MANHATTAN -- Academic excellence has earned several Kansas State University students honors from the university's chapter of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation's oldest, largest and most selective all-discipline honor society.

The honors include $750 scholarships to four students, all members of Phi Kappa Phi who are enrolled full time and have a minimum of one semester of undergraduate study remaining at the time of the award. The chapter also honored 15 students as Sophomore Scholars. These students have the highest grade point average in their college's sophomore class.

Students earning recognition from Phi Kappa Phi include:

Meghan Heeney, December 2011 bachelor's graduate in elementary education, Andover, Phi Kappa Phi Undergraduate Scholarship.

From Greater Kansas City: Katherine Gentry, sophomore in biochemistry, Phi Kappa Phi Sophomore Scholar for the College of Arts and Sciences, and Kaitlin Long, sophomore in elementary education, Phi Kappa Phi Sophomore Scholar for the College of Education, both from Leawood; Emily Schnell, sophomore in electrical engineering, Lenexa, Phi Kappa Phi Sophomore Scholar for the College of Engineering; and Sarah Satterlee, senior in elementary education, Phi Kappa Phi Undergraduate Scholarship, and Laura Walker, sophomore in communication sciences and disorders, Phi Kappa Phi Sophomore Scholar for the College of Human Ecology, both from Overland Park.

Tina Ratcliff, sophomore in business administration, Hamilton, Phi Kappa Phi Sophomore Scholar for the College of Business Administration; Max Goering, sophomore in mathematics and physics, McPherson, Phi Kappa Phi Sophomore Scholar for the College of Arts and Sciences; Chelsea Ahlquist, sophomore in agronomy, Onaga, Phi Kappa Phi Sophomore Scholar for the College of Agriculture; Anna Velasquez, sophomore in applied business, Salina, Phi Kappa Phi Sophomore Scholar for Kansas State University Salina; Ryan Aeschliman, sophomore in industrial engineering, Topeka, Phi Kappa Phi Sophomore Scholar for the College of Engineering; Benjamin Harstine, sophomore in public health nutrition and economics, Towanda, Phi Kappa Phi Sophomore Scholar for the College of Human Ecology; Walter Siebert, senior in social work, Wamego, Phi Kappa Phi Undergraduate Scholarship; Charles Kays, sophomore in agribusiness, Weir, Phi Kappa Phi Sophomore Scholar for the College of Agriculture.

From Wichita: Jessica Henry, sophomore in accounting, Phi Kappa Phi Sophomore Scholar for the College of Business Administration; Alyssa Leonard, senior in accounting, Phi Kappa Phi Undergraduate Scholarship; Natalie Loggans, sophomore in secondary education, Phi Kappa Phi Sophomore Scholar for the College of Education; and Melanie Ray, second-year veterinary medicine student, Phi Kappa Phi Sophomore Scholar for the College of Veterinary Medicine.

From out of state: Josef Lang, sophomore in interior architecture and product design, Bellevue, Neb., Phi Kappa Phi Sophomore Scholar for the College of Architecture, Planning and Design.