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Source: Suzanne Lueker, 785-532-6434,
News release prepared by: Abigail Crouse, 785-532-5888,

Tuesday, June 7, 2011


MANHATTAN -- Kansas State University's chapter of Pinnacle Honor Society, a nontraditional student honor society, has 50 new members.

Induction ceremonies were part of the recent K-State Division of Continuing Education honors and awards reception.

"This honor society is a welcomed recognition of my achievements at an academic level,” said Levi Van Pelt, senior in agronomy and agricultural technology management, Manhattan. "I sincerely appreciate that this program recognizes life outside of college activities and classes."

To be eligible to join K-State's chapter of Pinnacle, students must have achieved a GPA of 3.0 or higher, be of at least junior standing and have demonstrated leadership, persistence and future promise.

"I feel so honored to be recognized for my hard work and dedication to obtaining my college degree. I'm so excited that the Pinnacle Honor Society honors nontraditional students for their achievements, and I feel proud to be a part of this society," said Ginger Gudenkauf, senior in elementary education, Centralia.

Pinnacle Honor Society has chapters in almost every state and more than 10,000 members -- all excellent students who successfully faced the special challenges of being a nontraditional student in higher education. More information about the honor society can be found at

In addition to Van Pelt and Gudenkauf, this year's Pinnacle inductees at K-State include:

Manuel Tort, senior in food science and industry, Dodge City; Annie Bates, junior in life sciences, Fort Riley; and Anna Cooper, senior in dietetics, Great Bend.

From Junction City: Crystal Fore, senior in management; Heather Norman, senior in pre-physician assistant; and Zanetta Thomas, junior in social work.

Patricia Gooldy, May 2011 bachelor's graduate in in psychology, and Troy Heidner, senior in technology management, both from Lawrence.

From Manhattan: Tanya Baruth, senior in social work; Julie Bell, senior in animal sciences and industry; Melissa Casey, senior in social sciences; Tracy Engstrom, senior in kinesiology and philosophy; Jonathan Graves, senior in arts and science-open option; Sandra Hellman, junior in sociology; Toni Jones, senior in early childhood education; Abby Kruger, senior in dietetics; Stefani McCluney, senior in psychology and American ethnic studies; Leah Musch, senior in biology; Daniel Peth, master's student in architecture; Monica Phinney, graduate student in theater; Allison Tull, senior in elementary education; and Kimberly Wallace, senior in accounting.

Amy Boesen, senior in interior design, Newton; Courtney Thompson, May 2011 bachelor's graduate in general business administration, Overbrook; Rebecca Van Allen, senior in marketing and management, Salina; Cassandra Johnson, senior in geology, St. George; Kelly Leonard, senior in public health nutrition and dietetics, Tonganoxie; Aubrey Coufal, junior in general business administration, and Kyle Trevino, May 2011 bachelor's graduate in psychology, both from Topeka; Robert Ewing, senior in secondary education and life sciences, Wamego; Maurice Moore, junior in technology management, Wichita; and Darcie Darby, junior in family studies and human services, Winfield.

From out of state:

Nai Tam, May 2011 bachelor's graduate in technology management, Riverside, Calif.; Kerry Harris, May 2011 bachelor's graduate in food science and industry, Jacksonville, Fla.; Jennifer Rapp, senior in agriculture, Columbia Heights, Minn.; Sara Price, senior in food science and industry, Hollandale, Minn.; Kimberly Pierson, senior in architectural engineering, Arnold, Mo.; Jeremy Shay, senior in technology management, Knob Noster, Mo.; Lisa Long, senior in business, St. Joseph, Mo.; Travis Carlson, May 2011 bachelor's graduate in technology management, Shickley, Neb.; Michelle Baker, May 2011 in dietetics, Wall, N.J.; Carmen Irving, May 2011 bachelor's graduate in social sciences, New Philadelphia, Ohio; David Whitaker, senior in dietetics, Pickerington, Ohio; Lisa Demoret, junior in social science, Thompson's Station, Tenn.; Catherine Parrish, senior in dietetics, Roanoke, Va.; and Colleen O'Brien, senior in dietetics, Brush Prairie, Wash.