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News release prepared by: Reed Pankratz,

Friday, Feb. 18, 2011


MANHATTAN -- A senior leadership organization at Kansas State University is being recognized as one of the best.

K-State's chapter of Blue Key Honor Society has received the Outstanding Chapter Award. The honor is given to chapters that show the most commitment to scholarship, leadership and service. The award was presented at the recent Blue Key national convention at Clemson University in Clemson, S.C.

"This award means a great deal to our chapter. We take great pride in the activities and services we provide and are honored that we've been recognized nationally," said Emily Surdez, Blue Key president and senior in agricultural communications and journalism, Sabetha.

Some of the activities and services K-State Blue Key provides include Quest Freshman Honor Society, the Catalyst self-development class, peer leadership consultations and an annual high school leadership conference.

The chapter has 14 members for the 2010-2011 school year. Membership is based on all-around leadership in student life, high scholastic achievement, service to others and citizenship. To be eligible, students also must have at least a 3.0 grade point average and significant leadership experience in at least two student or community organizations.