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Senior leaders: Blue Key selects members for 2015-2016

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

MANHATTAN — Kansas State University's Blue Key, a senior leadership honor society, has selected its new members for the 2015-2016 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 YOULead 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.

The following Kansas State University students, who will be seniors in the 2015-2016 school year, are new members of Blue Key: 

From Greater Kansas City: Kevin Klein, mechanical engineering, co-director of Catalyst, and Sarah Brill, communication sciences and disorders, director of membership, both from Lenexa; Adam Elkiwan, biology, Olathe, director of personal and professional development; Ava Clark, industrial engineering, vice president, Steph Hughes, marketing, co-director of Quest, and Joe Tinker, psychology, co-director of nationals and scholarship, all from Overland Park; and Luke Schnefke, mechanical engineering, Shawnee, co-director of Quest. 

Chandler Custer, finance, Junction City, co-director of leadership programming; Allison Harwood, marketing, Lawrence, director of retreats and team training; Elizabeth Harner, agribusiness, St. George, director of banquet and recognition; Joe Oaks, political science, Topeka, co-director of Catalyst; Garrett Kays, agricultural economics, Weir, president; Becky Brady, elementary education, co-director of leadership programming, and Drew Unruh, finance and accounting, co-director of nationals and scholarship, both from Wichita; and Emily Beneda, food science and industry, Wilson, director of the YOULead program.


Ellen Collingwood



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Kansas State University's senior leadership honor society, Blue Key, has selected new members for the coming school year.