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33 freshman leaders selected for Quest Freshman Honorary

Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2022

K-State Quest Honorary

The 2022-2023 members of Quest Freshman Honorary at Kansas State University, from left, front row — Emily Oppold, Zoey Pudenz, Karlyn Gustin, Graysen Denning, Kiersten Schmalz, Kylie Baldwin, Rebecca Tonkin and Austin Mills; second row — Abi Nelson, Reece Geer, Mary Kate Melcher, Natalie Ostmeyer, Kimathi "Isaiah" Choma, Emily Jones, Grace Johnson, Joy Clemence and Ashlyn Hartman; third row — Annie Petersen, Shayna Vlock, Jerome Schaefer, Preston Dunn, Carter Seth, Braden Adams, Ben Rogers, Cami Fulton, Daniel Funk and Alex Podtburg; and back row — Anthony Quintero, Jack O’Malley, Jameson Rauth, Camille Verhoeven, Hannah Whetstone and Eva Naab. | Download this photo.



MANHATTAN — Following a competitive application process, 33 first-year students have been selected new members of Quest Freshman Honorary.

Quest works to develop freshmen leaders through mentorship, personal development and campus involvement. 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 Kansas State University has to offer. From touring the athletic facilities, enjoying a meal at the university president's home, connecting with student leaders across campus to giving back through service opportunities in Manhattan, Quest provides freshmen leaders with the tools necessary to give back to the K-State family.

The following freshmen are members of Quest for the 2022-2023 year:

Braden Adams, computer science, Joy Clemence, business administration, Abilene; Karlyn Gustin, human development and family science and gerontology, Carbondale; Reece Geer, milling science and management, ClayCenter; Natalie Ostmeyer, architecture, Derby; Ben Rogers, electrical engineering and finance, Gardner; Hannah Whetstone, agricultural economics and agricultural communications and journalism, Howard; Carter Seth, management information systems, Lyndon; Kimathi Choma, biomedical engineering, Manhattan; Grace Johnson, biology and pre-med, Neodesha; Emily Oppold, open major, Eva Naab, psychology, Jerome Schaefer, mechanical engineering, and Rebecca Tonkin, news and sports media, all from Overland Park;Zoey Pudenz, business administration, Piper; Austin Mills, mechanical engineering, Shawnee; Preston Dunn, animal sciences and industry and agricultural economics, St. John; Daniel Funk, kinesiology, Topeka; Emily Jones, integrative human sciences, Washington; Abi Nelson, integrative human sciences and pre-nursing, and Jack O’Malley, history and political science, both from Wichita.

From out of state: Annie Petersen, agricultural economics, Geyserville, California; Kate Melcher, food science and industry, West Des Moines, Iowa; Kiersten Schmalz, educational studies, and Jameson Rauth, public health and pre-nursing, both from Kansas City, Missouri; Camille Verhoeven, pre-law, Parkville, Missouri; Alex Podtburg, mechanical engineering, Adams, Nebraska; Cami Fulton, secondary education, Loup City, Nebraska; Shayna Vlock, marketing, Omaha, Nebraska; Ashlynn Hartman, agronomy, Pawnee City, Nebraska; Kylie Baldwin, agricultural education, Redmond, Oregon; Mary Graysen Denning, dietetics, Grapevine, Texas; and Anthony Quintero, pre-dentistry and biology, San Antonio, Texas.

Visit k-state.edu/bluekey to learn more about Quest Freshman Honorary, along with other programs Blue Key organizes.  



Quest Freshman Honorary

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Abilene, Carbondale, Clay Center, Derby, Gardner, Howard, Lyndon, Manhattan, Neodesha, Overland Park, Piper, Shawnee, St. John, Topeka, Washington and Wichita. Adams, Nebraska; Geyserville, California; Grapevine, Texas; Kansas City, Missouri; Loup City, Nebraska; Omaha, Nebraska; Parkville, Missouri; Pawnee City, Nebraska; Redmond, Oregon; San Antonio, Texas; and West Des Moines, Iowa.

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Logan Elliott