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Source: Tamara Bauer, 785-532-6237,

Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2010


MANHATTAN -- Kansas State University has selected the recipients of the university's 2010 Civic Leadership Scholarships.

Eleven high school seniors were selected as finalists and competed in an on-campus interview and recognition day Jan. 21. The competition rewards students who are making a difference and demonstrating creativity by developing projects and programs with a lasting impact on those they serve. Summaries of each finalist's civic engagement work are available at

John Carlin, former Kansas governor and a K-State political science and leadership studies professor, served as honorary chair of the K-State Civic Leadership Scholarship competition. Carlin provided a supportive voice to all the finalists, said Tamara Bauer, associate coordinator of K-State's new student services.

Farm Bureau Financial Services contributes funding for three top scholarship awards -- $4,000 for first place, $2,500 for second place and $2,000 for third place. Scholarship recipients may renew the scholarship with a 3.33 cumulative grade point average for up to three additional years as Wicks Civic Leadership Scholars. Finalists who were not awarded one of the top three scholarships received $500 scholarships, also supported by Farm Bureau Financial Services.

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

Jena Sauber, Assaria, $2,500 second place, Southeast of Saline Senior High School; Alexsis Fleener, Greensburg, Greensburg High School, $2,000 third place; Jennifer Smisek, Kansas City, Kan., $500 finalist, Lansing High School; Christina Picicci, Lawrence, $500 finalist, Lawrence High School; Brock Burnick, Mulberry, $500 finalist, Girard High School; Abby Guenther, Ottawa, $500 finalist, Ottawa High School; Amanda Privitera, Overland Park, $500 finalist, Shawnee Mission East High School; Mollie Stephens, Pittsburg, $500 finalist, Pittsburg High School; Chandra Devine, Seward, $500 finalist, Macksville High School; and Reagan Kays, Weir, $4,000 first place, St. Marys-Colgan High School.

From out of state: Courtney Cook, Fremont, Neb., $500 finalist, Archbishop Bergan Catholic School.