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Health and Human Sciences announces spring outstanding senior awards

Friday, May 8, 2020

Manhattan- The College of Health and Human Sciences is proud to recognize the spring 2020 outstanding senior award winners. This year’s outstanding senior award winners were nominated by faculty, staff and fellow students within each of their respective programs.

Three different award categories are available. The Engagement Award is given to graduating seniors who have made exemplary contributions that impact the well-being of the community or individuals in the community. The Leadership Award is given to graduating seniors who have exhibited excellence in leadership; recognized for their contributions to the campus, college, program and professional organizations. The Outstanding Research/Creative Activity award is given to graduating seniors whose research or creative activity has made a significant contribution to his or her field of study.

Winners of the Engagement Award:

Gerit Wagner, dietetics, Esbon; Alexis Luinstra, human development and family science; Lawrence; Casey Ambrosier, interior design, Norton; Kayleigh Large, early childhood education, Derek Gimson, hospitality management and Bo Steele, nutritional sciences, all from Olathe; Rachel Haskell, kinesiology, Prairie Village; Catelyn Richards, nutrition and health, Salina;Molly Mulqueen, communication sciences and disorders, Topeka; and Courtney Bekemeyer, athletic training, Washington.

From out of state:

Allyson Sanders, athletic training, St. Louis, Missouri and Virginia Pearson, dietetics, Town and Country, Missouri.

Winners of the Leadership Award:

Remington Hedges, family and consumer sciences education, Garnett; Jessica Freund, hospitality management, Great Bend; Lydia Brooks, apparel and textiles, LeRoy; Molly Maddy, human development and family science, Norton; McKenzie Weien, apparel and textiles, Pomona; Kennedy Morey, athletic training, Tonganoxie; Thomas Meek, personal financial planning, Topeka; and Emma Hahn, personal financial planning, Wichita.

From out of state:

Brooklyn Burnett, interior design, Amarillo, Texas; Alexandra Hornung, early childhood education, Kit Carson, Colorado; Kelly Wilkerson, communication sciences and disorders, Columbia, MO; and Brynn Carlson, nutrition and health and kinesiology, Woodbury, Minnesota.  


Winners of the Research/Creative Inquiry Award:

Shelby Boso, human development and family science, Andover; Alissa Towsley, dietetics, Lenexa; Andrada Redmond, apparel and textiles, Jacey Reid, communication sciences and disorders, and MacKenzie Gwinner, nutritional sciences, all from Manhattan; Danielle Parson, hospitality management, Mulvane; Sarah Gabel, interior design, Olathe; Anna Biggins, dietetics, Overland Park; and Emi Hayashi, kinesiology, Wichita.

Students who were set to graduate on May 16 have been invited back to participate in the commencement ceremony in December. These outstanding seniors will be recognized through the College of Health and Human Sciences’ social media channels. Follow along on Facebook and Twitter May 11-16 as we highlight their achievements and their post-graduation plans.

This article was posted on Friday, May 8, 2020, and is filed under Applied Human Sciences, College News, Food, Nutrition, Dietetics and Health, Hospitality Management, Interior Design and Fashion Studies, Kinesiology, Personal Financial Planning.