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Source: Tamara Bauer, 785-532-6237,
News release prepared by: Katie Mayes, 785-532-6415,

Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2009


MANHATTAN -- Kansas State University recently selected 13 high school seniors as finalists for the K-State Civic Leadership Scholarship, presented by Farm Bureau Financial Services.

The finalists competed in an on-campus interview and recognition day Jan. 22. The competition rewards students who make a commitment to serving others in their communities and who develop projects and programs with a lasting impact.

John Carlin, former governor of Kansas and now a K-State political science professor, was honorary chair of the K-State Civic Leadership Scholarship competition.

Farm Bureau Financial Services contributed funding for the three top scholarship awards, which included $4,000 for first place, $2,500 for second place and $2,000 for third place. The three top scholarship recipients may renew their awards for up to three additional years as Wicks Civic Leadership Scholars by maintaining a 3.33 cumulative grade point average.

Other finalists received $500 scholarships, also supported by Farm Bureau Financial Services.

Recipients, their hometown, scholarship amount and high school include:

Kristi Hargadine, Assaria, $500 finalist, Southeast of Saline High School; Bobbi Ann Shanks, Columbus, $500 finalist, Columbus Unified High School; Andrew Strasburg, Elk City, $500 finalist, Fredonia High School; Mitch Loring, Gardner, $500 finalist, Gardner Edgerton High School; Allison Straub, Hays, $2,000 third place, Hays High School; Laurissa Beckman, $500 finalist, and Genna Stambaugh, $500 finalist, both of Louisburg and both of Louisburg High School; Aaron Bean, Luray, $500 finalist, Thomas Moore Prep-Marian; Eli Logan, Manhattan, $4,000 first place, Manhattan High School; Nathan Farris, $500 finalist, Kansas City Christian Academy, and Meg Swagerty, $500 finalist, Shawnee Mission North High School, both of Overland Park.

From out of state: Shelia Fogh, Vacaville, Calif., $500 finalist, Vacaville Christian High School; and Alana Rhone, Texarkana, Texas, $2,500 second place, Texas High School.