College of Education honors seven of its new graduates with awards for excellence, potential
Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017
MANHATTAN — Five new graduates of Kansas State University's College of Education have been recognized with the college's Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award for their leadership and scholarship, and two new graduates have received the Outstanding Future Teacher Award for their potential as future teachers.
The following students, all December 2017 bachelor's graduates of the college, have received awards:
• Lindsey Goff, bachelor's graduate in elementary education, Manhattan, Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award. Active in College of Education organizations, Goff assisted with public relations for Educators Rising, a peer mentorship initiative; served as president of Phi Delta Kappa, a professional association for educators; was mock interview chair for the College of Education Council; and served as secretary of the Kansas National Education Association-Student Program. She also assisted with boosting university connections with military-connected students. A 2012 graduate of Manhattan High School, Goff is the daughter of Jason and Robin Whitten, and Thomas and Holly Goff.
• Anne Roberson, magna cum laude bachelor's graduate in elementary education, Manhattan, Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award Active in several university and College of Education organizations, Roberson was a College of Education ambassador, social media officer for the College of Education Council, and was a member of Kappa Delta Pi education honorary, the Kansas National Education Association-Student Program and Golden Key international honor society. Roberson received the Leadership, Manhattan-Ogden School Foundation, College of Education, Habiger Education, Skeen Education, Bramlage Willcoxen Student Teacher and Kansas Career Work-Study scholarships. A member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority, Roberson served as membership education vice president and homecoming chair. She also served as an instructor at a local dance studio; was a volunteer reader at Schools of Hope; and a volunteer baker at a local hospice house. Roberson is the daughter of Derrick and Mary Kris Roberson and a 2013 graduate of Manhattan High School.
• Joseph Weakland, bachelor's graduate in secondary education, Olathe, Outstanding Future Teacher Award. A semester honors list student at Kansas State University, Weakland is a 2012 graduate of Olathe Northwest High School and attended Johnson County Community College. He is the son of Michael and Leslie Weakland, Olathe.
• Alexia Antunez Hernandez, bachelor's graduate in elementary education, Overland Park, Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award. A semester honors list student, Antunez received the Elvon G. and Lydia E. Skeen Scholarship in Education, ISF General University Scholarship, College of Education Scholarship and Memorial Scholarship. She was a member of the Kansas Reading Association, served on the College of Education Council as public relations chair and was public relations chair of Love Your Melon, a nonprofit organization. Antunez also was a member of Kappa Delta sorority and served as its social chair. The daughter of Timothy and Yara Tierney, Overland Park, Antunez is a 2013 graduate of Bishop Miege High School.
• Johanna Van Holland, bachelor's graduate in elementary education, Shawnee, Outstanding Future Teacher Award. Holland is a 2013 graduate of Mill Valley High School and earned an associate degree from Johnson County Community College before transferring to Kansas State University. She is the daughter of Ted and Angela Van Holland, Shawnee.
• Jada Stringfield, magna cum laude bachelor's graduate in elementary education, Wichita, Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award. Stringfield was the recipient of the Tomorrow's Teacher and Foundation scholarships. She was active in Campus Crusade for Christ, serving as a prayer team leader, connection team leader, small group Bible study leader and community group leader for Marlatt and Goodnow residence halls. Her service also included working as a church nursery volunteer for special needs students and with Reach Manhattan, which serves adults with special needs in the community. A 2014 graduate of Sunrise Christian Academy, Stringfield is the daughter of Michael and Denice Hinderberger, Reno, Nevada.
• Susan Leimbach, summa cum laude bachelor's graduate in secondary education, Quincy, Illinois, Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award. A semester honors list student, Leimbach was a member of Phi Kappa Phi honor society and received the Noyce and Hainline scholarships. A member of the Kansas State University Orchestra for three semesters, she also was a homework grader for the university's mathematics department for four semesters and was a lifeguard for the kinesiology department's LIFE program. Leimbach was a youth ministry intern for her church, a lifeguard and swim instructor for UFM Community Learning Center and a judge for forensics and debate tournaments for a Manhattan area high school. The daughter of Kurt and Jan Leimbach, Quincy, Leimbach is a 2014 graduate of Quincy Senior High School.