Quest Freshman Honorary
Quest is a student organization that works to develop freshmen into leaders by exposing them to leaders, mentors, and opportunities across campus and the community.
Upon selection, members of Quest are paired with mentors from Blue Key Senior Honorary. Under the leadership of Blue Key, Quest takes a behind the scenes look at everything that K-State has to offer, attending special events and meeting several times a month to build community and get tailored leadership development from Blue Key. From touring the athletic facilities to enjoying lunch at the University President's home, connecting with student leaders across campus to giving back through service opportunities in Manhattan, Quest provides ambitious freshmen leaders with the tools necessary to give back to the K-State family.
If you’re interested in making a positive impact and becoming a leader on campus, this is the opportunity you’re looking for! Quest is an amazing experience that can help build relationships and enhance connections during your freshman year. It will help you build relationships with peers and mentors that will make your freshman year memorable and fun!
Sign-up for the Quest Banquet by March 24th here.
- Applications for the 2023-2024 Quest Freshman Honorary class are closed.
Congratulations to the 2023-2024 Quest class! To read the press release regarding this previous class please click here.
2023-2024 Quest Class
The 2023-2024 members of Quest Freshman Honorary at Kansas State University, from left, front row - Lakota Persing, Abigail Porter, Ashlee Kelley, Adela Lipari; second row - Morgan Ailslieger, Kiersten Morgan, Zoë Rhodes, Lucy Haller, Abigail Taylor, Katie Albertson, Mariam Fernandez Testa, Dulce Reyes; third row - Kamryn Fleischer, Ava Mayginnes, Landry O’Bryan, Blair Bolling, Sean Wagner, Remi Baldock, Brendan Rickert, Benjamin Lawrence, Michael Glenn, Grayson Hunsberger, Berren Strope; back row - Cappi Hoeting, Lauren Wolter, Tyler Carlgren, Kyle Vogel, Brenden Draney, Simon Anstine, Joseph Kappelmann, Carter Wilkens, Caden Parker, Samuel Ralston.
Grayson Hunsberger, computer science and economics, and Benjamin Lawrence, medical biochemistry, pre-medicine, both from Andover; Samuel Ralston, finance, Bel Aire; Abigail Porter, animal sciences and industry, pre-veterinary medicine, Beloit; Lucy Haller, architectural engineering, Benton; Kiersten Morgan, athletic training and rehabilitation sciences, Courtland; Zoë Rhodes, agricultural education, Girard; Lakota Persing, human development and family sciences, Hugoton; Simon Anstine, civil engineering, Brendan Rickert, athletic training and rehabilitation sciences, and Kyle Vogel, open option, all from Lenexa; Kamryn Fleischer, advertising and public relations, Meriden; Tyler Carlgren, mechanical engineering, and Abigail Taylor, environmental design, both from Overland Park; Carter Wilkens, kinesiology, Saint George; Ava Mayginnes, family and consumer sciences education, Salina; Sean Wagner, accounting and finance, Satanta; Gracyn Lierz, marketing, Seneca; Katie Albertson, organizational management, and Adela Lipari, management, pre-law, both from Stilwell; Cappi Hoeting, agricultural communications and journalism, Stockton; Christian Peña, agribusiness, Sublette; Remi Baldock, mechanical engineering, Tonganoxie; Morgan Ailslieger, entrepreneurship and finance, Topeka; Caden Parker, accounting, Waterville; Brenden Draney, chemical engineering, and Joseph Kappelmann, mechanical engineering, both from Wichita.
From out of state: Lauren Wolter, animal sciences and industry, Aviston, Illinois; Michael Glenn, kinesiology and integrative physiology, Edmond, Oklahoma; Berren Strope, agricultural economics, pre-law, O’Neill, Nebraska; Mariam Fernandez Testa, agricultural communications and journalism, Orlando, Florida; Ashlee Kelley, accounting, Parkville, Missouri; Blair Bolling, marketing, Platte City, Missouri; Dulce Reyes, animal sciences and industry, pre-veterinary medicine, Riverside, Missouri; and Landry O’Bryan, personal financial planning, Saint Joseph, Missouri.
Quest member testimonials
What have you gained from Quest this year?
Joining Quest was one of the most random decisions I made when I first came to K-State as a freshman, but looking back, it ended up being one of the best decisions I could have made! I love walking around campus and seeing my fellow Questies going about their days and doing things that inspire me to become the best leader and student that I can be. I am so thankful for the connections I have made during my time in Quest because I know that the people I have met will be the ones changing our campus and our world someday, and what an honor it is to know them all!
By Audrey Birkenbaugh
After being really involved in high school, I wanted to continue feeling connected to my community in college. Quest has been the perfect Avenue to foster that! Quest has pushed me and kept me accountable to be involved and put myself out there to try new things and put my yes on the table. I’ve made friends through Quest and together we have had such a unique backstage experience of K-State. Touring the athletic complex, planning and executing a service project, and having lunch with President Myers are experiences unique to Quest members. I am so thankful for Quest and the connections it has provided me. It has set me up for success in having an influence during my time at K-State and beyond.
By Caroline Turk
As a freshman during the COVID-era, it has been incredibly hard to meet new people and engage with groups on campus. I am so grateful for Quest as it has allowed me to get out of my comfort zone and meet other amazing freshmen. It is so nice getting to know a smaller group of students as campus doesn't feel as huge anymore. My favorite part has been connecting with my mentor, Maggie, who has helped me navigate my freshman year. She is always there to answer questions about student organizations, to give advice about the transition to college, and to motivate me to get involved. Quest has helped me find my place and has been the most impactful part of my first year at K-State.
By Duru Dogan
When I first came to K-State, I knew no one. I didn’t know what to become involved in or how to make an impact on campus. However, I heard about this thing called Quest from one of the women in my sorority, and I thought it might be worth a shot to apply. Looking back now, it was one of the best decisions I’ve made while being in college. Quest Freshman Honorary has provided me with an amazing mentor, high achieving friends who push me to be my best self, and fun experiences that I will cherish forever. I feel extremely grateful to be a part of such an incredible program and would recommend it to anyone wishing to enhance their college experience.
By Colleen Fulton
What has been your favorite Quest memory?
|My favorite Quest Memory so far was for sure the Retreat. Things were super fun (but a little awkward since we were all strangers)....everyone bonded instantly over that experience and the rest of the night’s adventure were definitely my favorite memory from first semester!
|My favorite Quest memories come when I have spent time with the members of Quest. I have never been a part of a group more driven, passionate, and welcoming. I loved getting to grow with and learn from some of the highest-performing members of the freshman class at K-State as well as build friendships that will last a lifetime.
|My favorite memory is the Quest retreat. It worked as a catalyst (no pun intended) for us all to naturally grow closer to one another.