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College names 15 Outstanding Seniors

Friday, May 11, 2012

The College of Human Ecology named 15 Outstanding Seniors at the college’s Graduation Honors and Student Awards Celebration at 4 p.m. Friday, May 11, in the Leadership Studies Building on campus.

The students and their programs are:

• Joanna Howard - apparel marketing. Joanna plans to move to New York City to start a career in the fashion industry. She was an intern with Fashion Connection there last summer. A member of Kappa Omicron Nu honorary and the Apparel Marketing and Design Alliance, she was co-chair of the Apparel & Textiles symposium this spring. She is from Gardner.

• Becca Law Ayon - interior design. Becca has been an interior design intern at Hirsch Bedner Associates in San Francisco and a space planning intern for Perkins+Will working at GTM Sportswear in Manhattan. She served as president of the K-State chapter of American Society of Interior Designers and received several scholarships. Becca, a graduate of Wamego High School, plans to work with Perkins+Will, a nationally known architectural firm.

• Logan Hartpence - communication sciences and disorders. Logan plans to pursue a doctorate in audiology at the University of Kansas. He has a cumulative GPA is 4.0 and has received numerous scholarships. He received Outstand Tutor in 2009 from Douglass Tutoring and is vice president of the K-State Student Speech Language Hearing Association. He is from Eudora.

• April Bonilla - family studies and human services on Salina Campus. April is certified as a nursing assistant and a dental assistant and worked as patient coordinator at Salina Pediatric Care. She has received academic honors at K-State and volunteers with League of United Latin American Citizens. She hopes to work with families in Salina build foundations to help them attain their goals and hopes.

• Michelle Hirsch - family studies and human services. Michelle was Human Ecology Council president and attended the honors leadership boot camp in Washington D.C. Her volunteer work includes United Way, Eisenhower Presidential Museum, Boys & Girls Club and Meadowlark Nursing Home where she played the piano and discussed music memories with residents. From Abilene, she plans to become a clinical family therapist.

• Shawna Peters - family studies and human services. Shawna minored in American Ethnic Studies and Nonprofit Leadership Studies. She received the Anderson Senior Award from the Alumni Association and the 2012 Pat Bosco Outstanding Graduating Senior Award. She studied abroad in rural Mexico where she worked with families affected by migration. She has interned with Zawadi Fund International and Gallery for Peace and Justice. During Alternative Spring Breaks she rebuilt communities after tornadoes and hurricanes. She plans to apply to the Clinton School of Public Service at the University of Arkansas. She is from Timken, Ks.

• Stephany Moore - dietetics coordinated program. Last year Stephany earned a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology and human nutrition. She did her dietetics internship at Truman Medical Center in Kansas City which included a clinical rotation at Children’s Mercy Hospital. For her community practicum, she created low-cost toys for a Platte County Daycare Providers workshop. She is from Overland Park.

• Tiffany Brax - dietetics didactic program. Tiffany graduates with degrees in dietetics and public health nutrition. She interned at St. Mary’s Food Bank. She is a Foundations Scholar and member of two honor societies. Community service work includes a mission trip to Botswana, Africa, Flint Hills Bread Basket and a Kansas City homeless shelter. She is from Washington, Kansas.

• Kale Hamm - hotel and restaurant management. Kale was a Human Ecology ambassador and an open house chair. He worked with the annual Travel and Dining Auction and with the student Hospitality Management Society. A transfer from Crowley County Community College, he has interned at Palmer Gulch Resorts in South Dakota and at Piping Rock Country Club in New York where he has a job awaiting him upon graduation. Kale is from Waverly.

• Kaitlin Christensen - athletic training. Katie has served as president of the campus Student Athletic Trainers Association, the Kansas group’s leadership council and the council for District 5 that includes 7 states. She organized the state’s first student athletic training conference last year. She has received several scholarships and worked with K-State’s football, women’s basketball and women’s tennis teams as well as with injured soldiers at Fort Riley. From Plano, Tex., she plans to go to graduate school.

• Brooke Johanna Cull - nutrition and kinesiology. Brooke has received numerous scholarships and awards and works as a certified nursing assistant at Meadowlark Hills Retirement Community and an undergraduate teaching assistant. She was on the cadaver dissection team and was published in Prairie Lights Magazine. From Oakland, Nebraska, Brooke plans to be a physician assistant.

• Alison Meyer - nutritional sciences. Alison is headed to dental school at Craighton University. She has been a college ambassador and undergraduate teaching assistant. The recipient of numerous scholarships, she studied abroad at the University of Salamanca in Spain. Her minor is Spanish. Alison is from West Des Moines, Iowa.

• Katie George - public health nutrition. Katie received the Undergraduate Cancer Research Award and several scholarships. She has worked in anatomy and physiology research, was an undergraduate teaching assistant and was on the cadaver dissection team. Volunteer work includes Meadowlark Hills and Mercy Regional Hospital. Katie is also getting a degree in dietetics. She is from Clyde.

• Janet Peak Holden - family and consumer sciences education. Janet will teach at Council Grove High School next year. She chaired the FACS interest group for several years and was an intern last summer for the Tornado Relief Trauma Unit where she counseled children. She is from Scammon.

• Mollie Wallace – general human ecology. Molly also studied non-profit leadership and communications to prepare her for a career with non-profit children’s organizations. Mollie has volunteered with Flint Hills Breadbasket, Up 'Til Dawn, and Champions are Readers that addresses the importance of literacy for Youth. She is from Overland Park.

 Prepared by Human Ecology communications

This article was posted on Friday, May 11, 2012, and is filed under Apparel, Textiles, & Interior Design, College News, Family Studies & Human Services, Food, Nutrition, Dietetics and Health, Hospitality Management.