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 Blue Key Class of 2018-2019

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Zach Galyon, President 

 

Major: Political Science, Pre-Law

Hometown: Little River, Kansas

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Zach is a senior majoring in Political Science with an emphasis in Pre-Law.  During his time at K-State, Zach has been actively involved within his fraternity, Beta Theta Pi, serving on both the recruitment and alumni relations committees.  On campus, he has been a member of the Student Alumni Board and has served as the Public Relations Chair for Pre-Law Ambassadors. Zach has also had the opportunity to sharpen his personal and professional development skills by spending time in Washington D.C. working as a Legislative Intern, for Congressman Roger Marshall M.D.  By being able to place a particular emphasis on the Small Business Committee portfolio, Zach was able to combine his passion for policy with his passion for rural development. Upon graduation he is planning on attending law school with the intent of specializing in criminal litigation.

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Sarah Niederee, Vice-President

 

Major: Agricultural Economics and Global Food Systems Leadership

Hometown: Great Bend, Kansas

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Sarah is a senior in Agricultural Economics with a secondary major in Global Food Systems Leadership and minors in Political Science and Business Administration. Throughout her time at K-State, Sarah developed a passion for college affordability. As the Privilege Fee Committee Chair in Student Governing Association, Sarah lead a team to allocate over $16 million in student funds to various on campus organizations including the K-State Student Union, Lafene Health Center, Chester E. Peters Recreation Complex, and Counseling Services. During her time in this role, she saved students $200,000 by eradicating the Athletics Privilege Fee, making K-State athletics just one in eight schools that doesn’t receive any direct funding from the university or student fees. In addition, Sarah has served in roles within the College of Agriculture Ambassadors, Gamma Phi Beta Sorority, and the Tuition and Fees Strategies Committee. Upon graduation, Sarah will be working for Archer Daniels Midland as a Commercial Milling Management Trainee.


Awards: 2018 K-State Student Governing Association Senator of the Year, Kansas Food and Agricultural Policy Fellow, CHS Foundation Scholar, Kansas Corn Next Generation Scholar

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Kyler Langvardt, Director of Personal and Professional Development

 

Major: Agricultural Communication and Journalism

Hometown: Chapman, Kansas

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Kyler is senior earning a degree in Agricultural Communications and Journalism. Throughout his time at K-State, Kyler has encouraged and led his fellow students in the College of Agriculture. As an executive officer in the College of Agriculture Ambassadors, Kyler helped shape over 60 college ambassador’s growth as they helped potential students transition to college. He also served on the College of Agriculture Student Council as an executive officer, leading events such as the Diversity and Inclusion town hall, improving current students collegiate experience.  Kyler is passionate about youth development in agriculture, and volunteers with local and state 4-H and FFA, and was a 2017 national FFA officer finalist. Kyler has also served with Silver Key, the Upson Lecture Series and the Student Government Association.

Awards: Ag Future of America Scholar, College of Agriculture Student of the Month, CHS Foundation Scholar, Kansas Livestock Association Scholar

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Miranda Moore, Director of Public Relations & Outreach

 

Major: Communication Studies and Political Science, Pre-Law

Hometown: Pittsburg, Kansas

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Miranda is a senior dual majoring in Communication Studies and Political Science, Pre-Law with a minor in Leadership Studies. During her time as a student she has been intricately involved in student success initiatives in both the Manhattan and campus community. Her freshman year she co-founded a youth literacy program for the local community and has been awarded over $10,000 in community grants for the operation of the program, presenting at the IMPACT National Conference over the project’s unique campus-community partnership. Within Student Governing Association she has led initiatives through her previous role as Academic Affairs Director that address the disparity in student advising experiences, and was able to showcase progress at the Annual NACADA Conference by co-presenting The Advisee Perspective, becoming the first undergraduates presenters. She continues to advocate for advising as Chief-of-Staff, managing 17 directors to ensure their projects align with platform goals and serving on various university-wide committees. Outside of SGA, she currently serves as President of Pre-Law Ambassadors, where she has bolstered student programming, including a Legal Speaker Series showcasing attorneys from diverse legal pathways. She has also served as a Staley School Ambassador, K-State Libraries Ambassador, and on the KSU Honor Council. Miranda aspires to pursue a career in educational policy after experiences interning for Senator Jerry Moran in Washington D.C. and representing Kansas at the Henry Clay Center for Statesmanship College Student Congress.

Awards: Henry Clay Award for Excellence in Compromise, NACADA Annual Conference presenter, Big XII Student Government panelist, 2018 Rhodes Scholarship campus nominee, SGA Cabinet Member of the Year, IMPACT National Conference Presenter, McKelvie Public Service Scholarship recipient, 2017 Harry S. Truman Scholarship campus nominee, Alpha Delta Pi Dorothy Shaw Award, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society inductee, Alpha Delta Pi Emerging Leader Award, Fulbright Summer Institute participant, Published in Prairie Lights Magazine for Proposal Paper and Cover Design, 2015 Libraries Ambassador Outstanding New Member of the Year, Lambda Pi Eta Honor Society inductee, University Honors Program

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Meredith Clark, Director of Membership

 

Major: Nutritional Sciences, Pre-Dental

Hometown: Overland Park, Kansas

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Meredith is a senior in Nutritional Sciences, Pre-Dental with a minor in Spanish. Meredith has achieved success in a great number of avenues. As a member of the Student Governing Association at K-State she has held positions as an Intern, Director of Academic Affairs, and is the current Director of Public Relations. She has devoted time to the Manhattan community through volunteer efforts in the Pre-Dental Club at local elementary schools through Oral Health Education programs, tutoring for elementary and secondary age students at the local community center, and spending time assisting at the Flint Hills Breadbasket. In addition, she has given time to her sorority, Chi Omega, as pledge class representative and through chairing events for philanthropic events for Make-A-Wish. While committing to volunteer service and extracurriculars, she has achieved success in her rigorous academic courses and is in the process of applying and interviewing for dental school, in which she hopes to eventually pursue a career in pediatric dentistry.

Awards: Wabash Cannonball Scholarship Recipient, Grace King Dickman Memorial Scholarship Recipient , Pre-Dental Club Scholar, Foundation Scholarship Recipient, State of Kansas Scholarship Recipient

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Claire Wingert, Director of YouLeads

 

Major: Marketing

Hometown: Ottawa, Kansas

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Claire is a graduating senior in Marketing, Agricultural Economics and Professional Senior. During her time at K-State, Claire has been a Chief Marketing Officer in her sorority, Kappa Alpha Theta. While serving as Chief Marketing Officer, Claire worked to implement professional development programs within her sorority. She developed a social media monitoring process, a guest speaker panel that focused on professional development, as well as career fair preparation. Through these programs, on average, 50% of the 168 women within her sorority attended a career fair throughout her term. This was monitored through a self- monitored process. After completing her role as Chief Marketing Officer, she was elected to serve as the Vice President of the Panhellenic Council at Kansas State University. Through this role, she continued to develop her passion for professional development by starting a committee focusing on personal and professional development for 3,000 sorority women. In addition, she also started the Greek Scholarship Advancement Committee that allowed committee members to survey high and low performing scholarship Greek chapters in order to find commonalities and trends within scholarship programs. Members of the committee were also trained in facilitation practices and were required to give presentations to chapters about how to perform better within scholarship programs. During this role, Claire also helped established the Panhellenic Council as an independent student organization through hiring a new Fraternity and Sorority Life director and assisting with the writing of a mission and vision statement for the Panhellenic Council. Claire is also the founding President of the Marketing Student Advisory council. Currently, she is working on the mission and vision statement and jump starting committees focused on solving issues facing marketing students. During the summer of 2018, Claire was a Sales Associate Intern for Frito-Lay in Tucson, AZ. During this role, Claire used the professional development and leadership skills she learned through these roles to make her successful. She was able to increase “hot and spicy” chip sales by 11% within Tucson. After graduation, she will go to work full time with Frito-Lay as a Sales Associate.

Awards: Marketing Student of the month, Professional Selling Student of the month, Kappa Alpha Theta Leading Woman, K-State Scholarship Recipient, Angus Foundation Scholarship Recipient, Angus Foundation Emerging Leader Scholarship Recipient

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Amy Scott-Sanjur, Director of Banquets and Recognition

 

Major: Accounting

Hometown: Junction City, Kansas

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Amy is majoring in accounting where she will continue her education for another year after graduation this spring to receive her Masters’ in accounting. Being an accounting major, Amy has taken a special interest in giving back to the college of business. From being President of the Deans’ Student Advisory Council to Vice President of the Business Ambassadors to working in the Deans’ office.  Wanting to expand her leadership skills outside of the college of business, Amy has also been an active member in the Student Alumni Board here on campus where she helped co-chair an annual high school sophomores event where over 100 students are coming to visit Kansas State University for the first time.

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Cooper McGuire, Director of Retreats and Team Training

 

Major: Vocal Performance

Hometown: Gardner, Kansas

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Cooper is a senior in Vocal Performance with minors in Theatre and Nonprofit Leadership Studies. At K-State, Cooper has served as an Executive Member for Student Alumni Board, Manager for In-A-Chord Acapella Ensemble, member of Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity, University Summer Enrollment Programs Counselor, and multiple University Productions, Musicals, and Operas. Outside of K-State, Cooper serves as a piano teacher for Manhattan City youth, volunteered for mobile food distribution events, and held nationally recognized apprenticeships with Theatre Aspen, Ad Astra Musical Festival, and Berkshire Choral International. While his current plans in the music industry are not completely solidified, Cooper plans to take the best opportunities after graduation, aligned with the mission to strengthen communities around the world through the fine and performing arts.

Awards: National Association of Teachers Singing Southwest Region Competition: First Place Senior Men’s Classical Division, Runner Up for Senior Men’s Musical Theatre Division; Wabash Cannonball Alumni Association Renewal Scholarship Recipient; Outstanding Freshman and Sophomore in Music (Departmental Award); Presidential Honors for cumulative 4.0 GPA in all collegiate semesters.

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Lindsey Hageman, Director of Leadership Appreciation

 

Major: Industrial Engineering

Hometown: Manhattan, Kansas

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Lindsey is a senior studying Industrial Engineering with minors in Business and Statistics. In her time at K-State, she has not only excelled in her coursework, but has invested her time and energy into mentoring others to success through her own learnings and experiences. Lindsey has served as a calculus tutor for the Education Supportive Services, an assistant teacher at her lifelong dance studio, an Engineering Ambassador helping prospective students to find their collegiate fit, a small group leader for a College Leadership, Understanding, and Education Program (CLUE), and has studied abroad in Europe for a summer. From these experiences, she learned invaluable lessons about communicating with people of all backgrounds, learning styles, and attitudes. Lindsey was then elected President of the College of Engineering Ambassadors as a Sophomore, developing two new service activities and a first-ever Ambassador Leadership Summit that brought seven ambassador organizations from across campus together for professional development. Lindsey is a very invested leader in the College of Engineering, and such was selected for the Engineering Leadership and Innovation Program that equips top engineering students to be leaders post-graduation through frequent industry partner interaction and well-rounded coursework. Utilizing her strong academic and leadership background, Lindsey has completed two highly competitive industrial engineering internships: first, as the sole engineering intern at a Hallmark distribution center, and second, as the sole K-State intern for a top consulting organization- Deloitte Consulting. In both internships, Lindsey owned the end-to-end development and implementation of her projects, exceeding expectations and exercising creative problem solving, management, and advanced data analytics. After graduation, Lindsey will work as a business analyst for strategy and operations at Deloitte Consulting in the digital supply chain space.


Awards: Putnam Scholarship, COE Creative Inquiry and Leadership Scholarship, Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Difference Maker Award 2018, Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Excellence Scholarship, Engineering Leadership and Innovation Scholarship, CLUE Involvement Roadmap Presenter, Engineering 101 Internship Presenter, John Deere Women in Engineering Scholarship,Steel Ring Senior Engineering Honor Society member, Warren Buffett Collegiate Lunch Attendee, Alpha Pi Mu Engineering Honor Society Vice President, Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society, University Honors Program

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Jordan Kiehl, Director of Alumni

 

Major: Industrial Engineering

Hometown: Fairway, Kansas

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Jordan is a senior in Industrial Engineering with a minor in Statistics and Business. Jordan has served many prominent roles both at K-State and in the Manhattan community, including Student Body President, Member of the Kansas Board of Regents Students’ Advisory Committee, K-State Alumni Association Board of Directors Member, and Student Fellow for the Center for Risk Management Education and Response. Through these roles, Jordan has been a member of the Strategic Enrollment Management Plan, Co-Chaired the Tuition and Fees Strategies Committee, and served on the Faculty Senate. These experiences have allowed Jordan to focus on protecting the rights and interest of the student body concerning both K-State and the Kansas Board of Regents, study and recommend tuition principles and funding initiatives to the University President, and advise various administrative boards on decisions related to student affairs. In addition to her leadership roles at K-State, Jordan served the University as a Orientation Leader and Director for the New Student Services Orientation and Enrollment Programs. She has also represented and presented K-State at the annual NACADA Conference bringing student perspective directly to academic advisors.  

Awards: Susan M. Scott Outstanding Female Leader Award

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Tori Thomas, Director of Nationals and Scholarships

 

Major: Biological Systems Engineering and Spanish

Hometown: Lenexa, Kansas

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Tori is a senior enrolled in a concurrent bachelor’s and master’s program for Biological and Agricultural Engineering, along with a secondary major in Spanish. Tori’s passion for water security has led her to present research at two Governor’s Water Conferences and travel to Nicaragua with a clean water Non-Governmental Organization, El Porvenir. As K-State Proud Co-Chair, Victoria implemented a strategically targeted campaign which raised over $13,000 for struggling K-State students. K-State Proud has helped keep over 700 students enrolled who would have otherwise had to drop out due to emergency financial distress. Tori is also very passionate about civic engagement, and hosted a voter registration drive and letter writing to congress drive along with programs on diversity and mental health as Member Development Vice President for her sorority. In addition to these leadership roles, Victoria has been involved with Engineering Ambassadors, Steel Ring Senior Honor Society, Student Alumni Board, and Student Governing Association. Tori’s desire to be a global citizen led her to study abroad for a summer in Havana, Cuba and a semester in Prague, Czech Republic.

Awards: Kassebaum Public Service Scholar, Putnam Scholar, Kansas Water Environment Association Scholar, Phi Beta Kappa Honors Society Member, Steel Ring Engineering Honor Society Member, Alpha Xi Delta Most Outstanding New Member and Sophomore.

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Lane Coberly, Co-Director of Quest Freshman Honorary

 

Major: Political Science and Global Food Systems Leadership

Hometown: Chapman, Kansas

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Lane is a senior in Political Science with a secondary major in Global Food Systems Leadership and has not only succeeded in the classroom but also within the greater K-State community. Lane currently serves as the President of the K-State Student Foundation, where he leads the charge in engaging with donors and alumni, providing empowering guidance to his fellow executive officer team and serves on the campaign team for K-State Proud as the voice of the membership. This student-led campaign, has raised over $1.2 million and kept 700+ students at K-State. Within his role as president, Lane has worked to enhance the member’s experience, root the organization and its programs deeper into campus culture, develop stronger relations with other student organizations, and create a stronger bond between the K-State Foundation and K-State students. Previously, Lane served as the Vice President of Membership where he reconstructed the membership selection process to be more efficient and fair in surfacing servant leaders of campus. His care for developing others doesn’t stop with StuFo. Lane has been deeply involved with his fraternity, FarmHouse, serving as Recruitment Chair and a Standards Board member. Through his role as Recruitment Chair, he organized and facilitated four recruitment weekends as well as chaired the chapter recruitment meetings following.

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Mykia Carrell, Co-Director of Quest Freshman Honorary

 

Major: Advertising

Hometown: Overland Park, Kansas

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Mykia is a senior studying Advertising with a minor in Leadership Studies. Beyond her passion for human rights and liberal arts, Mykia has shown her love for the Kansas State community through a diverse range of involvement. She served as a member of Student Governing Association, various campus ministries, and a panhellenic sorority here at Kansas State. After graduation Mykia plans to pursue a job in Account Management in the advertising industry.


Awards: Fairchild Award, Vanier Family Scholarship

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Brooks Crawford, Co-Director of Leadership Programming

 

Major: Biology, Pre-Medicine

Hometown: Overland Park, Kansas

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Brooks is a senior studying Biology on the Pre-Medical track and has become deeply involved in both campus and the community during his time at K-State. Brooks was recently accepted into the Kansas University School of Medicine where he will continue his path towards becoming a physician next year. Brooks’s passion for healthcare was fostered by Children’s Mercy Hospital where he has served as a head volunteer and currently works as a Care Technician in the Emergency Department. Brooks also served as the Vice President for the Pre-Medical club, advancing the role to help pre-medical students gain exposure with hospital visits and volunteer opportunities within the Manhattan community. Brooks is a big brother in the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization and loves studying and seeing movies with his little brother, Camden. As a Vice President for the Kansas State Chapter of Delta Upsilon, Brooks helped the organization win both the Delta Upsilon Sweepstakes Award (best overall chapter) and the Most Distinguished Chapter Award from the North-American Interfraternity Council in 2017. Brooks also sat as a representative on the Undergraduate Advisory Board for Delta Upsilon International. In his spare time Brooks enjoys building computers, tutoring students in STEM subjects, and studying technological advances in the healthcare field.  

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Jordan Eberhardy, Co-Director of Leadership Programming

 

Major: Kinesiology, Pre-Physical Therapy

Hometown: Olathe, Kansas

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Jordan is a Senior studying Kinesiology, Pre-Physical Therapy, with a minor in Leadership Studies. After graduating from K-State in May of 2019, she will be attending Physical Therapy school at the University of Kansas Medical Center. During her time at K-State, Jordan has enjoyed being part of many student organizations such as Quest Freshman Honorary, Student Government, Student Alumni Board, and Pre-Health Ambassadors. She has also pursued her passion for her careers goals with endeavors like teaching fellow students as a cadaver dissection student practicum, in-patient volunteering at Children’s Mercy Hospital, working as a technician at Blue Valley Physical Therapy, volunteering for Hospice House, and working as a caregiver for a woman with cerebral palsy. Jordan has also dedicated time to undergraduate research, participating in the University Honors Program, and being a member of the women’s club soccer team. These varying experiences have taught her about how to best work with, develop relationships with, and best serve a wide array of people, which is what she wants to continue to do in the field of physical therapy one day.

Awards: K-State’s Putnam scholarship, committee of the year award from K-State’s student government, Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Inquiry Grant

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Nick Nordstrom, Co-Director of Catalyst: A Self-Development Experience

 

Major: Life-Science, Pre-Medicine

Hometown: Overland Park, Kansas

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Nick is a senior in Life-Science/Pre-Med with a minor in Leadership Studies. Nick will be attending the University of Kansas School of Medicine in the fall of 2019 to pursue a Doctor of Medicine. During his time at Kansas State, Nick’s passion for medicine extended beyond the classroom while interning in the Vascular Surgery Department at the University of Texas Medical Branch. While in Texas, Nick was involved with two ongoing research projects focusing on a novel approach to severe aorto-bi-iliac occlusive disease and palliative care measures for carotid artery hemorrhage and tumor invasion. Nick also spent a great deal of time doing clinical work in the operating room and outpatient clinics. In Kansas City, Nick has interned in the Quality Improvement and Clinical Safety Department at Children’s Mercy Hospital. His focus in this role was to engage with hospital administration on issues of family and patient centered care. Beyond the medical field, Nick has also been heavily involved in Student Government at Kansas State and has held multiple elected leadership positions and chaired the Student Engagement Committee. He also has had a longstanding passion for music, which led him to perform on a national tour with the Boston Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps. While at the Boston Crusaders, Nick contributed to the Corps becoming a World championship finalist for the 17th year in a row. Nick’s other leadership and involvement at K-State include being a member of the Kansas State Marching Band, cadaver dissection team, and a three-year tenure as a College of Arts and Sciences Ambassador.  

Awards: 2018 Maben Family Scholarship in Biology, Drum Corps International World Class Finalist, Trumpet Rookie of the Year - Kansas State Marching Band.

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Rachel Haskell, Co-Director of Catalyst: A Self-Development Experience

 

Major: Kinesiology

Hometown: Prairie Village, Kansas

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Rachel is a senior in Kinesiology with a minor in Nonprofit Leadership Studies. She is in her fourth year as a member of the K-State Women’s Rowing Team and balances 20 hours a week of athletic commitments as well as prominent involvement on campus and in the classroom. She loves K-State and does what she can to promote the university and excite new students about the collegiate experience. Rachel worked as an Orientation Leader for New Student Services and assisted over 3500 students adjust to college life and give them the tools they need for student success as well as spoke at the New Student Convocation for all incoming freshmen in 2016. Rachel has been involved with her sorority, Gamma Phi Beta, in a number of ways such as serving as a Panhellenic Recruitment Guide, the Personal and Chapter Enrichment Chair, and Education Vice President.  Rachel has additionally served as a member of Quest Freshman Honorary, President of Silver Key Sophomore Honorary, Bill Snyder Leadership Legacy Fellows, K-State Athletics Leadership Academy, Athletes in Action, and Wildcat Buddies. She hopes to be an Occupational Therapist following graduation and is passionate about working with those with disabilities. She is a Young Life Capernaum leader and volunteers her time mentoring middle school and high school students with disabilities in the Manhattan area. In addition, she is on the planning committee for Respite Nights at her church and continues to do what she can to improve the disability ministry programs that they offer.

Awards: Barbara Moses Memorial Scholarship, Most Outstanding New Member of a Sorority, 2 year Varsity Letter Winner, Big XII All Academic 1st Team