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Sources: Jackie McClaskey, 785-532-5736,;
and Emily Lehning, 785-532-6237,
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Wednesday, May 13, 2009


MANHATTAN -- A senior leadership honor society at Kansas State University has selected members for the 2009-2010 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 having significant leadership experience in at least two student or community organizations.

At K-State, Blue Key members provide Peer Leadership Consulting, which is cost-free training for K-State students, clubs and organizations for developing leadership and team skills through interactive presentations. 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 2009-2010 school year include:

Lacey Altwegg, agricultural communications and journalism, Chapman; Torie Reilly, agriculture education, Cherryvale; Tim Hadechek, political science, Cuba; Katie Niederee, life sciences, Great Bend; Kelsey Moran, political science, Hays; Wayne Stoskopf, speech and agribusiness, Hoisington; Lindsay Graber, agricultural communications and journalism and animal sciences and industry, Hutchinson; Donnie Hampton, management, Leavenworth; Robert Tibbetts, hotel and restaurant management and horticulture, Liberal; Dani Devlin, accounting, Manhattan; Ashley Guenther, agricultural communications and journalism and agricultural economics, Ottawa; Adam Tank, microbiology, Overland Park; Tana Smith, anthropology and history, Paola; Dalton Henry, agricultural economics and agricultural communications and journalism, Randolph; Phillip Harner, industrial engineering, St. George; and Andrew Maness, mathematics, Wichita.

From out of state: Paul Mintner, political science, Higginsville, Mo.