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Source: Reed Pankratz,

Friday, March 11, 2011


MANHATTAN -- A senior leadership honor society at Kansas State University has selected members for the 2011-2012 school year.

Blue Key Honor Society recognizes college students at senior institutions of higher education for balanced and all-around excellence in scholarship, leadership and service.

Membership selection is based on all-around leadership in student life, high scholastic achievement, service to others and citizenship. Selection criteria also includes having at least a 3.0 grade point average and significant leadership experience in at least two student or community organizations.

K-State's Blue Key is one of the best in the nation, recently received the Outstanding Chapter Award.

Blue Key members provide Peer Leadership Consulting, which is free leadership and team skills training for K-State students, clubs and organizations. Blue Key also annually awards thousands of dollars in scholarships to K-State undergraduates each year. The awards include $500 Leadership and Service scholarships.

Other Blue Key activities include supervising Quest, K-State's freshman leadership honorary; putting on the annual U-Speak Conference for high school students interested in speaking out on today's issues; hosting the Leadership Appreciation Reception to recognize students across campus for their leadership; and organizing IGNITE, an annual high school leadership conference.

K-State students selected as Blue Key members for the 2011-2012 school year include:

Bethany Bohnenblust, senior in agricultural journalism and communications, Altamont; Cole Grieves, junior in marketing, Auburn; Kyle Essley, senior in agricultural economics, Baxter Springs.

From Greater Kansas City: Ariel Sinha, junior in public relations, Gardner; Natalie Rauth, senior in marketing and public relations, Leawood; Michael Ellis, senior in biology, and Newell Bowman, junior in women's studies, both from Overland Park.

Dylan Works, senior in finance, economics and political science, Iola; Courtney Hallenbeck, junior in sociology, Junction City; Nicholas Moeder, senior in accounting and finance, La Crosse; Katrene "Kate" Bormann, senior in agricultural journalism and communications, Louisburg; Darren Allison, junior in marketing, Lyons.

From Manhattan: Kelley Nelson, senior in public health nutrition and premedicine; Christopher Hazen Short, junior in biology and premedicine; and Katy Zapletal, junior in kinesiology and pre-nursing.

Mindy Highberger, junior in agricultural economics, Westphalia.