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Source: Pam Monroe, 785-532-5525, pmonroe@k-state.edu
News release prepared by: Katie Mayes, 785-532-6415, kmayes@k-state.edu

Thursday, May 21, 2009

K-STATE STUDENTS HONORED BY THE COLLEGE OF EDUCATION FOR ACADEMIC SUCCESS, PROMISE AS FUTURE TEACHERS

MANHATTAN -- Seven May 2009 graduates have been recognized by Kansas State University's College of Education for their talents as future educators.

At the college's May 16 commencement ceremony, the Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award was presented to five students, while two students received the Outstanding Future Teacher Award.

Students receiving the awards are:

* Chelsey Skoch, bachelor's graduate in elementary education, Baileyville, Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award. Skoch was a member of the Teacher Education Advisory Council, chaired the college's Education Symposium, and was active in Telefund and the Kansas National Education Association Student Program. She is a 2005 graduate of B&B High School and is the daughter of Mark and Tammy Skoch.

* Gentry Sauder, bachelor's graduate in secondary education, Great Bend, Outstanding Future Teacher Award for Secondary Education. Sauder served as administrative vice president for Gamma Phi Beta sorority, belonged to the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and was a member of Kappa Delta Pi honor society. She is a 2005 graduate of Great Bend High School and is the daughter of Art and Connie Sauder.

* Jaimie Borntrager, bachelor's graduate in elementary education, Haven, Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award. Borntrager served as president and historian for the Kansas National Education Association Student Program, was secretary for the College of Education Ambassadors, was a member of the Phi Kappa Phi and Kappa Delta Pi honor societies, and was active with Big Brothers Big Sisters. She is a 2004 graduate of Haven High School and is the daughter of Dave and Annette Borntrager.

* Andrew Trent, bachelor's graduate in secondary education, Lawrence, Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award. Trent was active in the Kansas National Education Association Student Program. A 2002 graduate of Lawrence Free State High School, he is the son of Danny C. and Dawn Trent, and is married to M. Caitlin Trent.

* Natalie Knight, a summa cum laude bachelor's graduate in elementary education, Leawood, Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award. Knight was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority, belonged to Kappa Delta Pi and Phi Kappa Phi honor societies, and was active in the Kansas National Education Association Student Program, Up 'Til Dawn and the Navigators. She is a 2005 graduate of Blue Valley North High School and is the daughter of Monty and Nancy Knight.

* Sara Christie, bachelor's graduate in secondary education, Mankato, Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award. Christie was vice president of the Business Education Club and was a member of the Pi Omega Pi honor society. She is a 2005 graduate of Mankato Junior/Senior High School and is the daughter of Steve and Phyllis Christie.

* Lisa Davis, bachelor's graduate in elementary education, Strong City, Outstanding Future Teacher Award for Elementary Education. Davis is a 2005 graduate of Chase County High School and is the daughter of Mark and Barbara Davis.