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Leading the way: Senior leadership honor society selects members for 2014-2015 school year

Friday, April 25, 2014


MANHATTAN — Kansas State University's Blue Key, a senior leadership honor society, has selected its new members for the 2014-2015 school year.

Blue Key recognizes college students at senior institutions of higher education for excellence in scholarship, leadership and service. Membership is based on all-around leadership in student life, high scholastic achievement, service to others and citizenship. Students must also have a minimum 3.0 grade point average and significant leadership experience in at least two student or community organizations to be considered for membership selection.

Blue Key members participate in several activities at the university and in the community. Members facilitate uLead workshops, which are free leadership and team skills training sessions for Kansas State University students, clubs and organizations. The society also annually awards thousands of dollars in scholarships to undergraduates at the university for excellence in scholarship, leadership and service.

Other activities of the organization include coordinating Quest, the university's freshman leadership honorary; coordinating and hosting the annual DiscoverU Conference for high school students interested learning more about college and the opportunities that await them; hosting the Leadership Appreciation Reception to recognize students across campus for their leadership; and teaching Catalyst, a self-development course.

New members of K-State's Blue Key, who will all be seniors in the 2014-2015 school year, their major and their Blue Key leadership position include:

Ellen Collingwood, advertising, Beloit, director of public relations and outreach; Kurt Lockwood, agricultural economics and pre-law, Caney, co-director of Catalyst; Allie Niederee, kinesiology and pre-physical therapy, Great Bend, co-director of banquets and recognition.

From Greater Kansas City: Caroline Toler, family studies and human services, Leawood, co-director of Quest; Jordan Marquess, biology and pre-medicine, Olathe, co-director of leadership conference programming; and Ryan Knight, marketing, Overland Park, director of scholarship and nationals.

Abby Works, food sciences and pre-pharmacy, Iola, director of membership; Lizzi Petite, human resource management, Junction City, co-director of leadership conference programming; Paul Meissbach, vocal performance, Lawrence, president; Nathan Laudan, food science and industry and agricultural communications and journalism, Paola, co-director of Quest; Hope Faflick, political science, international studies and pre-law, Wichita, director of uLead program; Cody Kennedy, secondary education and mathematics, Phillipsburg, co-director of Catalyst; and Ross Allen, economics and philosophy, Soldier, co-director of banquets and recognition.

From out of state:

Jason Troendle, agricultural economics, St. Charles, Minnesota, director of personal and professional development; Ben Brown, agricultural economics and agronomy, Appleton City, Missouri, director of alumni relations and history; Adam Wilkerson, civil engineering, Columbia, Missouri, vice president; and Paige Druffel, agricultural communications and journalism, Pullman, Washington, director of retreats and team training.



Tyler Johnson



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Interest for: Beloit, Caney, Great Bend, Iola, Junction City, Lawrence, Leawood, Olathe, Overland Park, Paola, Phillipsburg and Soldier; St. Charles, Minnesota; Appleton City and Columbia, Missouri; and Pullman, Washington

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Darrah Tinkler

At a glance

Excellence in scholarship, leadership and service has earned several Kansas State University students selection to Blue Key, the senior leadership honor society.