By Laurie Walker
PAUL & AMY BORN ~ 540 Hillcrest East (Congrove). The Born family came to the Lake this spring and are settling in nicely. Continue reading Welcome New Members
By Laurie Walker
PAUL & AMY BORN ~ 540 Hillcrest East (Congrove). The Born family came to the Lake this spring and are settling in nicely. Continue reading Welcome New Members
By Connie Huerter
Back row l to r: Vicki Foust, Marilyn Brown, Gloria Anderson, Joyce Maultsby, Connie Huerter, Sara Podrebarac, Dee Sedler, Eadie Hills. Front row: Toni Harms, Jeanine Stephenson, Susan Masson, Sandy Treas, Norma Lee Winters. (Jackie Barnhart had to leave early.) Ann Evans (honorary Dotte) was the photographer.
On Fri., June 18, “The Dottes” gathered at the home of Sandy Treas for coffee and treats, both edible and social. Dotte is a nickname, affectionately applied, to those who grew up and went to school in Wyandotte County. It was Marilyn Brown’s idea of gathering together those who still have fond memories of the small town atmosphere. Fourteen women were able to attend and discovered there were many heretofore unknown connections. Reminiscing about days long gone reinforced Charles Guswelle’s musings about “this place we call home.”
After years of speed bump fun and riotous security ideas, I have retired from the Safety Committee. Feeling a sense of loss, I thought about other committees here at the lake, but nothing seemed to fit me. For a while now, however, I’ve been considering a new, revolutionary committee. It requires some outside-the-box thinking, but I think you’ll like it.
We need a New Member Worthiness Committee. To accept a new member, and open our gate and our hearts to them, they should undergo an extensive evaluation. Consider it a “Rush Week” of sorts. We need to keep our unique edge. It’s too darn easy to become an actual living, breathing Quiviran, other than forking over all that money.
Administering several personality tests would be the crux of the committee. Although it’s quite arduous, I’ve heard good things about the MMPI test, or Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory. Hey, I like that – we would “inventory” our potential new members and set up a system cataloging the personality aspects of each person, along with their various hang-ups. We can almost guess what committee they will join. Then, in keeping with our wonderful sense of community, the test results could be distributed lake-wide via blackbox upon completion.
Rorschach inkblots would also be helpful in determining their outlook on life, i.e., if they see a butterfly, a uterus, or pan fried catfish.
Of course, the most important job of this committee, other than having fun being nosy, is to make sure one is quirky enough to be a Quiviran, with hopes of someday earning the exalted title of Quirky-viran. We’ll devise our own test, full of silly, nonsensical questions, and closely monitor their reactions, looking for warning signs of having no sense of humor, or the worst case scenario, having no personality whatsoever. We’ll have a clear signal to communicate our disapproval, like a gong, and to avoid uncomfortable friction or pandemonium, a trap door.
To put our member wannabes at ease for these tests, we could use our homey LQ Office. We’ll dim the lights, throw some pillows on the floor and light some candles. On the rare occasion, if deeper insight is warranted for someone borderline worthy, group hypnosis could be used. How someone imitates a washing machine or clucks like a chicken can say a lot about a person.
Martha Reyburn Sheek, Ph.D., former resident of Lake Quivira, passed away June 29 at the Altenheim Community in Beech Grove, IN. Continue reading Obituary – Dr. Martha Reyburn Sheek
For Debi and Paul Winter, former Quivira residents and long-time Quivira members, the 4th of July means a trip to Hesston, Kansas, in the Flint Hills where Debi grew up, for a celebration of country and family. Continue reading Debi Winter returns to her roots each 4th of July
ONE OF THE GREATEST HOLIDAYS AT LAKE QUIVIRA!
DON’T MISS IT!!!
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:
8 a.m. – FUN RUN/WALK
Prizes for the top three women and men finishers
11 a.m. – The RE-ENACTMENT of the DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE
Will be presented on the front lawn of the Clubhouse.
Following the skit – THE PARADE
With awards for the best golf cart,
best kayak, cute baby and more
Following the parade – GAMES ON THE BEACH
Provided by the Fathers Club
11 a.m. – 3 p.m.: POPULAR 19th HOLE GRILL
Stop by for a convenient lunch!
FIREWORKS AT DARK!
Shannon Ayer, daughter of Dennis and Ginny Ayer, graduated from South University in Savahhah, GA, with a master of science degree in physician assistant studies, achieving a 3.7 GPA. This degree follows her MA in psychology from the University of San Diego.
While attending South University, Shannon completed an impressive array of clinical rotations throughout the southern United States, including a rotation right here in Overland Park at the Adult and Pediatric Dermatology Group. She also highlights many volunteer experiences, including Salvation Army Bell Ringer, wheelchair cleaning, peer advisor, alternative high school mentor for two students and Head Start Preschool Program volunteer.
Describing her future plans, Shannon writes, “I found it difficult to find employment in the KC area, so I started work as a Hospitalist for the Chatham Hospitalist Group at Candler Hospital in Savannah. Moving back to the Midwest is just going to take me a little bit longer.” She misses the LQ beach and water sports and has fond memories of the LQ Summer Recreation Program.
Grady Creek, son of Condy and Connie Creek, earned a medical doctorate degree on May 16 from the KU Medical Center. Currently, he is the Medical Director of the Jaydoc Diabetes Clinic, a free health clinic in Kansas City, KS.
He will begin a residency in internal medicine at Rush University in Chicago beginning July 1. Meanwhile, he intends to continue his favorite activity, jogging around the Lake with the family dog, Louie.
Michele Sedler, wife of Paul Sedler and Mother of Regan, Jared, Samantha, and six-year old twins, Kennedy and Blair, earned a doctorate in educational leadership (EdD) from Baker University in December 2009. Michele is currently the Superintendent of Schools for the Turner Unified School District, where she has held numerous administrative positions since beginning work in the District in 1992.
In addition to her family and District Superintendent responsibilities, Michele participates in relevant professional development activities and serves on visiting school improvement teams in the Greater Kansas City area.
In May, Frank Masterson, son of Frank and Lisa Masterson, earned a master of science degree from the University of Kansas in sports management.
Jade Opper, daughter of Susan Opper, earned a masters of business administration (MBA) degree. from Columbia University in May.
By Joan Davies
Graduating summa cum laude from Park University with a bachelor of science degree in business administration and a minor in marketing, Nicole Ainsworth, daughter of Mike and Marla Ainsworth, was on the Dean’s List every semester for four years. She was a full academic scholarship recipient for four years, part of the Global Futures Organization, the Business Administration Department Honoree for 2010 and was initiated into Alpha Chi, the academic honors society during the 2009-2010 school year.
A Park Women’s Golf Team member for four years and NAIA Daktronics Scholar Athlete in 2009, Nicole was part of the Park Women’s Golf Team that qualified for nationals at Lake San Marcos, CA, Golf Club in 2008. (She particularly enjoyed working at the LQ Golf shop in 2008 and getting to see all our LQ golfers.) During summer 2009, she worked as a sales/marketing intern.
Nicole looks forward to spending more time this summer riding her Bay Morgan mare, Nina, and fishing. Fish caught become part of her cooking menus that include preparing sushi. While Nicole is undecided about career goals, she will be applying for jobs this summer, as well as for the Peace Corps. She also plan to pursue a masters or possibly adoctorate degree at some, but probably not for a few years.
Bryce Blankenship, son of Dave and Judy Blankenship, graduated in December 2009 from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He earned a bachelor of arts degree with a double major in communication studies and philosophy. He earned Honor Roll status for his junior and senior years at UMKC. He was honored as a member of the Philosophy Circle.
Bryce is Manager of Aixois French Coffee Shop and Bistro in Kansas City, MO. Asked about his favorite LQ activity, Bryce wrote, “It is grilling and lounging at the dock house with Frank, the wildly loving and semi-unruly black lab that lives in my parents’ house.” He plans to continue managing Aixois to save money for the future. He hopes to travel, work on an organic farm and earn a master’s degree in Philosophy from the University of Montana, Missoula, with an emphasis in Environmental Ethics.
On May 29, 2010, Michael Brown, son of Mark and Laura Brown graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA, with a bachelor of arts degree in sequential arts (SA). SA is an illustration degree with an emphasis in storytelling. Storyboarding for movies, comic, graphic novels and illustrated instruction all fall under this category.
Michael attended Johnson County Community College after high school. He was an honor roll student every semester and won the Student Art Scholarship in 2006. He transferred to SCAD and has been on the dean’s list every quarter. Following graduation, he is planning to visit Lake Quivira for a few months before heading to New York City to pursue a career in the comic book industry.
Cassidy Creek, daughter of Condy and Connie Creek, earned a bachelor of arts degree from KU, majoring in fine arts.
Caitlyn Fox, daughter of Jack and Meg Rush, graduated from Kansas State University with a bachelor of science degree in family services. While attending KSU, Kate completed an internship, awarded by the 4-H Organization, for which she spent her junior year in Japan working for LABO. This is a laboratory-based club for Japanese youth, who spend their time learning the English language and culture. Kate’s job was to work with these children in activities to expand their knowledge of the U.S. and the English language.
While studying at KSU, Kate sang with the Girls’ Glee Choir and participated in the Navigators Bible Study and its related activities. She worked at the Boys and Girls Club of Manhattan as the Children’s Supervisor. She will continue with this job through the summer months.
Elizabeth Hanson, daughter of Scott and Joanne Hanson, graduated cum laude from Rockhurst with a bachelor’of arts degree in psychology/pre-PT. She earned Dean’s List status all four years; belonged to RU Leaders, the Pre-PT/OT Club, Zeta Tao Alpha, Hawks for Life and Rockhurst Republicans Club.
She is currently taking sign language classes and hopes to become certified. Asked about future plans, Elizabeth writes, “Starting June 1 I will be attending Rockhurst University’s graduate program for Physical Therapy, working to earn my doctorate. I then hope to work in a hospital setting with stroke patients and neuro-disorders.”
A December 2009 Kansas State University graduate, Merritt Hitchcock is the daughter of Steve and Bonnie Hitchcock. She earned a bachelor of science degree in aeronautical technology, a minor in aviation safety and Professional Pilot certification. She was a three-year recipient of the Marian Hardman Endowment and the Virgil Moen Memorial Scholarship.
While attending KSU, Merritt was an Alpha Chi Omega Sorority member, a Student Governing Association Senator in 2007-2008 and Association Activities Director from 2008-2010. She was a Student Ambassador, Chairman of the Programming Board and three-year Women in Aviation member.
Merritt represented KSU in the Women’s Air Race Classic by flying 2,400 miles in three days in a Cessna 172 aircraft. This race celebrates the 80th Anniversary of Women’s Air Races. It replicated the same race and route that Amelia Earhart flew back in 1929. Merritt has earned a commercial pilot’s rating for-multi-engine aircraft, Certified Flight Instructor and Certified Instrument Flight Instructor ratings.
She intends to play a lot more golf this summer since she is living back at home after college. She is currently working at Executive Air Share as a Scheduler/Pilot. She intends to begin study for a Master’s Degree in Aviation Safety from UCM this fall.
Eric Jury, son of Tim and Janet Jury, graduated from KU with a bachelor of science degree in business, majoring in finance and information systems. He was named a National Society of Collegiate Scholar his sophomore year and Mount Oread Scholar his freshman year.
He participated in the KU School of Business Study Abroad Program, spending a semester abroad as a junior student in Paderno del Grappa, Italy. He was a member of the Rapport Leadership Breakthrough One Program and held numerous roles in KU Student Union activities.
He is working as a staff consultant for WealthMD, a local management consulting organization providing services for physicians and small hospitals, while also exploring management and IT consulting opportunities outside of the KC metro area.
Bob and Marilyn Lake’s son, Justin Lake, graduated from Baker University with a bachelor of science degree in physical education. He was a defensive end for the Baker University Football Team for four years. He also served as the Ottawa High School football coach in 2008. Justin was a member of the Delta Tau Delta Fraternity while at Baker.
When asked about future plans, Justin says, “I want to be a teacher and coach in whatever school district that wants to hire me.” Meanwhile, he intends to pursue his love of fishing and being on the Lake with his friends this summer.
Brett Mach, son of Scott and Patty Mach, is a summa cum laude graduate of William Jewell College, earning a bachelor of
arts degree in English literature and political science. He was awarded Top Senior Student honors in both English and Political Science, was designated as William Jewell Political Science and English Honoraries and a Faculty Service Award finalist. He studied in Guadalajara, Mexico, and Oxford, England.
Brett was a member of the Mortar Board, was the 2010 Homecoming King, a member of Emerging Leaders for four years, an officer for the Christian Student Ministries, Resident Assistant for two years and Cardinal Ambassador. He volunteered at the City Union Mission and Camp Cumcito and worked at the Popham Law Firm.
Asked about unusual hobbies, Brett wrote, “I hosted the Brett Mach Polka Power Hour on the college web radio station.” He plans to move to northeast Kansas City, living in and restoring a 120-year old house near the City Union Mission. He is working for the city of Kansas City this summer while continuing to look for full time employment. Graduate school study is also part of Brett’s future plans.
Kaitlin Mullinix, daughter of Jim and Tina Mullinix, graduated from KU with a bachelor of science degree in communications and a business minor. She was a member of the Gamma Phi Beta sorority while attending KU. She has worked at the LQ Clubhouse and 23rd Street Brewery. When asked about unusual hobbies Kaitlin wrote, “…driving the golf cart with my sisters, wearing prom dresses and waving…” Her future plans include “…finding a real job!”
Graduating in three years from KU, Robert Rebori, son of Robert and Elaine Rebori, and grandson of Robert and Isabel Rebori, earned a bachelor of arts degree in English-creative writing. He contributed an amazing number of volunteer hours to the Link Food Kitchen, the Christmas Wish Tree, Lawrence
Parks Clean-Up campaigns, Boys and Girls Club of Lawrence, the “Genius of Women” Variety Show and the Lawrence Planning Committee. From 2007 to 2008 he worked at Bio-Microbics, Inc. as a warehouse technician and as a staff writer from 2009 to 2010.
Robert was awarded scholarships from four different law schools. Ultimately, he accepted the KU School of Law scholarship and will begin study this fall.
By Joan Davies
Dennis and Ginny Ayer’s son, Riley Ayer, graduated summa cum laude with a 3.9 GPA from St. Thomas Aquinas, where he was a Principal’s Honor Roll scholar each semester during high school. He was a member of the school’s National Honor Society (NHS), the Spanish National Honor Society, National Honor Society of High School Scholars, and member of the school’s Scholar’s Bowl and 2010 KS Regional Champions.
While playing for the school’s 2007-2008 soccer team, Riley was named the most inspirational player for the season. He volunteered hundreds of hours of community service during his four-year high school career for the St. Mary’s Kitchen, Medical Lodge Retirement Center, Sweet Life Retirement Center, Turn Styles Thrift Store for Catholic Charities and Benedictine College annual golf tournament.
Riley will attend the University of Tulsa, OK, pursuing a degree in Business Administration with a major in Energy Management. His course work will include courses from the business, finance, risk management, geology and petroleum engineering programs. He is anxious to work in the development of alternative sources of energy.
Brendon Biron, son of Pete and Julie Biron. and grandson of Joe and Phyllis Biron, graduated one semester early from the International Baccalaureate Program at Shawnee Mission Northwest (SMNW) as a National Honor Society candidate. He was a four-year member of the school’s Marching Band Drum Line, earning music letters for three years. He joined the Lumber Jack Club during his junior year and participated in CCC (Cougars Community Commitment) as a junior and senior. Brendon’s community service projects include volunteering at Broken Arrow Elementary School and Turn Styles Thrift Store.
He has already moved to Colorado where he will attend college. Presently, he is undecided about his major area of study.
Elizabeth Biron, daughter of Joe and Teresa Biron, and granddaughter of Joe and Phyllis Biron, is a SMNW 2010 Presidential Scholar Award winner, a two-year National Honor Society student, a People to People Ambassador, a four-year member of the Principal’s Honor Roll and two-year academic letter recipient.
She was a four-year member of SMNW’s girls swimming and diving team, lettering for three years. (Another one of Elizabeth’s favorite sports is sailing with her Dad.) She also sang with the school’s choir for four years. Her numerous community service projects included those with Amnesty International, Key Club, and Parents Night Out.
Elizabeth will be attending Pittsburg State University this fall, majoring in Early Childhood/Elementary Education with an emphasis on Special Education.
Kansas ACT scholar, Clay Coffman, son of Casey and Lisa Coffman, earned a spot for three years on the 4.0 honor roll at SMNW. He served as the Sports’ Editor for the SMNW newspaper, Passage; earned 1st place honors for sports article of the year; earned the Excellence in Writing award and earned initiation into Quill and Scroll Honor Society while a senior.
At SMNW, he played football during his sophomore and junior years before joining the boys; swim team as a junior and senior student, earning 3rd and 5th places in the 50 and 100-yard freestyle races for the Sunflower League. He was named a KS state finalist in the 50-yard freestyle this past year.
As a member of the Interact Club, Clay volunteered in the homeless community and helped to build a house in Kansas City, KS. He lists his hobbies as mountain biking and sitting on a pontoon all day. He will be attending the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, in the fall, majoring in International Business and Marketing. He intends to study in Vienna and Shanghai as part of his university program.
Bobby Hoelting, Jr., son of Brian and Tammy Bailey, graduated from SMNW, where he excelled in soccer. He was a member of SMNW’s soccer team, lettering each year from his freshman through senior years. As a Varsity team member his junior and senior years, he helped the SMNW Cougars win 3rd place in the State Tournament his senior year and was named on the 2nd team, All Sunflower Soccer League. Definitely, soccer is his sport of choice as he also participated in the Legends Soccer Club and the Shawnee Elite Soccer Club from 2007 until 2009.
While not on the soccer field, Bobby donated many community service hours to Pet Connection, Spay and Neuter Kansas City, the Shawnee Civic Center and KU Medical Center.
This summer Bobby will work at Lifetime Fitness in Overland Park as a day camp counselor. In the fall, he heads to Pittsburg State University, majoring in Construction Management.
National Merit Commended Scholar and Kansas Honor Scholar, Andrew Hursh, is the son of Ken and Theresa Hursh. He graduated from SMNW within the top ten students and with an impressive list of academic and music awards. He received an academic letter with distinction for each of four years at SMNW; he is a member of the National Honor Society; he received awards for Achievement in Writing and in World Languages and earned Magna Cum Laude on the National Latin Exam.
Andrew has excelled in the music arena as well, participating in the symphony orchestra, choir, and jazz band as a senior, the Drumline from 2006-2010, pit captain in the fall of 2009, and pit orchestra member for Northwest’s theatrical productions. He is a percussionist and also plays the piano and all kinds of stringed instruments including the guitar, banjo and mandolin.
Andrew volunteered many hours for the Rotary-sponsored Interact Community Service Club, Northwest’s CCC group and for the Good Shepherd Catholic Church, playing guitar every Sunday for the evening mass throughout his high school years.
Graduating a semester early, Andrew, spent his spring semester living and volunteering in Flagstaff, AZ, in a communal house organized by the American Conservation Experience. In the fall, Andrew will be attending the University of Montana in Missoula, Montana, on a Davidson College Honor’s Presidential Scholarship, which will fulfill his wish to study music in a beautiful, mountainous setting. He is considering a degree in music composition.
Jake Jones, son of Craig and Jeanne Jones, graduated from SMNW, earning initiation into NHS in 2008, First Honor Roll status, awards of Academic Excellence for four years and most recently was named a KS Honor Scholar. Additional academic awards included Scholar Athlete for football and baseball, grades 9-12 and Wrestling, grade 11. He also was named to the part-time Honor Roll at JCCC for 2 semesters in 2008 and 2009.
A four-year football team member and varsity letter holder, Jake was the starting fullback and linebacker for Northwest’s 2009 state champion football team. He participated on the school’s baseball team for four years, and the wrestling team and rugby teams, each for one year. He also was a member of the Spirit Club, Spanish Club and Science Club.
His main community service projects included working with the Meals on Wheels program from his 9th -11th grade years, a Kansas City Mission Trip volunteer and St. Joseph Parish Shrimp Boil volunteer.
Jake will attend Rockhurst University this fall to study Business and Pre-law.
Tim and Janet Jury’s son, Michael Jury, graduated from Bishop Miege High School as an “A” Honor Roll student every semester; Eastern KS League Scholar Athlete every year and National Honor Society member his junior and senior years.
While attending Bishop Miege, Michael’s two greatest sporting interests for all four years were swimming and track and field. A standout swimmer, Michael was a member of the Varsity Swim Team all four years where he was a Kansas Class 5A state record holder and 2010 state finals medalist in the 50 yard Freestyle. He was named the Bishop Miege Swimmer of the Year in 2009 and 2010.
Committed to serving others, Michael has donated hundreds of hours as part of a Gulf Coast Mission Trip (Mobile, AL, and surrounding area), as a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity and Harvesters and as a volunteer student counselor for Horizon Academy.
Michael has been awarded a four-year Mountaineer Scholarship for academic excellence and will head to Western Colorado College in Gunnison, to major in GeoArchaeology.
One of Lake Quivira’s camp counselors, Nicole Karley, graduated from SMNW as an Honor Roll student all four years. Darrin and Sandra Karley’s daughter lettered all four years in Golf and was Team Captain her senior year. Nicole earned an impressive array of high placements while playing in three Kansas City Junior Tour golf events, the Blue Valley, Olathe South and SMS Invitational Tournaments her junior and senior years. For example, as a senior, she placed 9th and 6th in the Olathe East and St. Thomas Invitational Tourneys and 7th place in the District Finals. She was a KS State qualifier for golf.
Nicole was a member of the Senior Prom Committee, the Spirit Club and Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD). As a member of CCC, Nicole volunteered as a teacher’s assistant and nursing home volunteer.
Awarded a golf scholarship for Park University, Nicole will major in Speech Pathology with the goal of earning a Masters Degree from KU.
John Lewis, son of James and Dunrie Lewis, graduated from Bishop Miege as a four-year First Honor Roll student, a three-year Eastern KS League Scholar Athlete, and two-year Academic Achievement Award winner. He lettered in Track and Field (grades 9-11) and Swimming (grades 11-12). He also played on the school’s football team as a freshman, the basketball team for two years and played basketball for the Catholic Youth Organization as a junior and senior.
John was an active part of the school’s Campus Ministry Team, the Student Council, and the National Honor Society. As a senior, John was designated a Student Ambassador and a Boys’ State of Kansas participant.
His dedication to serving others is evident with an array of volunteer activities including two National Relief Network mission trips in 2007 and 2009, a four-year record of service for the Christian Foundation for Children and Aging, an Upper Room volunteer helping inner city children read, assisting in the Cathedral of Immaculate Conception Emergency Assistance Program, the Food Kitchen and for a pro-life march to Washington D.C.
John will attend Ole Miss University this fall, where he intends to major in Business.
Audrey Millard, daughter of Thad and Kierstin Millard, graduated from SMNW with a 3.8 cumulative GPA, while earning an academic letter and initiation into the National Honor Society in 2008. She played on the school’s softball team all four years, earning a varsity letter as a 11th and 12th grader.
Her club activities included the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Spirit Club treasurer, Spanish Club treasurer and Prom Committee.
Her numerous community service projects include volunteering for Children’s Mercy Hospital, to help coach a younger softball team, and with various other activities around the community.
Audrey will attend Emporia State University beginning this fall to major in Math Education.
Joey Rebori, son of Robert and Elaine Rebori and grandson of Robert and Isabel Rebori, just completed an outstanding academic career at SMNW. He graduated in the top 10 percent, winning an impressive number of awards including the following: International Language Award, May 2007; World Languages Award, May 2008; Achievement in Writing Award, May 2009; Technical Education Award, May 2009 and 2010; Social Sciences Award, May 2010; Academic Letters, 2008, 2009 and 2010; Presidential Scholar Award, May 2010; 4 year Honor Roll student and KS Honors Program initiation.
Joey was an outstanding business student as well, participating in the Business Professionals of America, the 2009 Business Professionals of America State Leadership Conference in Wichita, KS, when he earned 3rd place for an economic research project and 5th place for prepared speech
During the 2010 Business Professionals of America State Leadership Conference, Joey earned 2nd place, Prepared Speech, which earned him a spot in the Business Professionals of America National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, CA, May 2010.
Joey’s community service and CCC outreach projects included helping with Special Olympics and as a classroom helper at Broken Arrow Elementary School. He will attend KU this fall to major in Mechanical Engineering followed by medical school.
KS Honor Scholar Allison Rolig is the daughter of Bret and Dee Rolig. Allison graduated 11th of 236 students from Mill Valley High School with a 3.9 GPA. She was a NHS member and 3-term Principal’s Honor Roll student. Allison was also a standout Varsity Volleyball player and 3-year varsity letter winner; a 3- year Club Volleyball member and Varsity Track Team participant from 2006 through 2008.
Her community service projects included working with Youth Friends, mentoring elementary students. Additionally, she served over 100 hours of service volunteering for her church’s nursery, the Veterans Administration Stand Down, Special Olympics Volleyball, Bike Rodeo, American Liver Foundation, Susan G Komen, Run for Mercy, Trunk or Treat, Psoriasis Walk, the soup kitchen and helping the elderly in Johnson County.
Allison will be attending KU beginning this fall and has not yet decided on a major area of study.
Robert and Melinda Sanders son Ryan Sanders graduated from SMNW, where he was a linebacker for the Varsity and Junior Varsity Football teams in 2009 and 2010 and Fellowship of Christian Athlete member. He was an active CCC student, volunteering as a teacher’s assistant in Mrs. Bartels’ 1st grade class at Broken Arrow Elementary School.
Ryan’s work outside of school with the Johnson County Parks and Recreation After School Program, KC Watersports, and the LQ Summer Recreation Program surely has helped to influence his varied choices of further study, including pre-physical therapy, exercise science and business. He will attend Texas State University in San Marcos, TX, beginning this fall.
Miles Simpson, son of OJ and Kathy Simpson, was an accomplished academic scholar member all four years at SMS’s Center for International Studies Program, concentrating in Chinese. He graduated in the top ten students in his 2010 class, was a four-year Honor Roll student and 4th year scholarship pin winner, a 3-year National Honor Society member, was awarded 2010 Kansas State Scholar and President’s Education Awards, the Social Studies Student of the Year Award, Kansas Scholars Curriculum Award and the Caroline Wolfe Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded annually to the top student in the Center for International Studies (CIS) program.
An accomplished musician, Miles played in the Marching, Symphonic and Concert Bands while attending SMS. He was a four-year member of the International Club and participated on the Categories Team, a College-bowl-type competition, as a 10th, 11th and 12th grader. Community service hours were spent volunteering for the Chinese School of Greater Kansas City and the International House of Tea, a student-organized tea/coffee shop at SMS.
Last summer Miles attended the Middlebury Monterrey Language Academy in Vermont, where he completed a month-long immersion program in Chinese language. This meant no cell phone, computer, iPod–just Chinese. He hopes to major in Chinese and some day use his Chinese while living abroad. (As the ultimate dichotomy, Miles is looking forward to his first summer at LQ!)
Miles has been accepted into the KU Honors Program and plans to major in Chinese and Economics beginning this fall. He hopes to study abroad in China as part of this university studies.
Morgan Tholen, daughter of Tom and Chris Tholen, graduated from St. James Academy as an honor roll student and US Presidential Service Award winner. She was part of the Spirit Club and Yearbook staff as a junior and senior.
An outstanding volleyball player, Morgan helped St. James win back-to-back 4A state titles in 2008 and 2009. Her Volleyball team ranked 4th in 2008 in the United States on ESPN. She donated over 120 hours of service to the Lawrence Humane Society, the Sweet Life at Rosehill Nursing Home, Children’s Mercy Hospital and on a mission trip to Florida with her school.
Awarded a four year volleyball scholarship, Morgan will head to the University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, to play volleyball and to major in Journalism.
KS Board of Regents’ Scholar, Jenna Vogel, is the daughter of Lance and Jennifer Vogel. Jenna graduated from SMNW, earning a Scholar Athlete award, National Honor Society membership and Top 10 Thespian recipient. She participated on the school’s Debate Team, the Thespian Society, was a costume manager for the Drama Department and the Strolling Strings Orchestra for four years. Additionally, she played for the volleyball team for one year and threeyears for the Girls’ Softball Team.
Jenna will be attending the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, beginning this fall to major in Technical Theatre, Costumes and Design with a minor in Spanish.
The 2009-2010 SMNW Student Body President, Max Wiebrecht, is the son of Jamie and Deborah Wiebrecht. He was elected and appointed to a variety of school and district positions including class president for three years, School Site Council Student representative, the District Wellness Committee and Superintendent’s Board. He was a four-year Honor Roll student, earned the Midwest Hockey League-Player Academic Awards from 2007-2010 and the Midwest High School Hockey All-Star Award for 2009. As a senior, Max was voted one of the ten most influential SMNW seniors by his peers.
An accomplished athlete as well as involved student, Max played four years for both the Varsity Hockey (Captain) and Varsity Tennis Teams (State qualified). He was the Video Journalism Managing Co-editor for two years; a Spirit Club and Fellowship of Christian Athletes member; Mason Leadership Camp and Kaufman Foundation Leadership Conference participant in 2009; and Boys’ State representative.
Max also volunteered a plethora of hours to the following: the Greater Kansas City YMCA, SMNW Special Needs Students, the Head Start-Halloween Party, Community Blood Bank, Shalom House Homeless Shelter and a variety of other Greater Kansas City efforts.
He plans to attend Oklahoma State University, where he received both an academic and leadership scholarships.
Michael Zauchenberger, son of Stefan and Laura Zauchenberger and grandson of Dick and CeeCee Sandifer graduated from St. James Academy (SJA) as an accomplished student, athlete, and musician. He was a three-year member of the SJA’s Jazz Band playing fiddles, drums, and guitar and the Chamber Ensemble, playing the marimba. His junior year, the Ensemble placed first in the state tournament for the SJA Mallets Ensemble. He was a member of the JV and Varsity Wrestling Team as a 9th and 10th grade student.
Donating his time to community service projects for the Padre Pio Academy, the Knights of Columbus, the East Kansas Wrestling Club, and Special Olympics organization was an integral part of his four-year high school experience.
This fall, Michael will head to KU to study Pre-med and Chemistry.
Andrew Zimmer, son of Chip and Aline Zimmer, graduated from SMNW, as a four-year Honor Roll student and accomplished athlete. He was a member of SMNW’s Varsity Swim Team, lettering each year from his freshman through senior years and served as co-captain his senior year in spite of being sidelined by a torn ACL. He played on the school’s lacrosse and football teams all but his senior year.
He was active in the German and Woodworking Clubs all four years. As a junior, Andrew was the lacrosse team co-captain, then joined the Interact Club and was the gymnastics manager as a senior. While not swimming or playing lacrosse and football, Andrew donated many community service hours to the SMNW football camp, Turnstyles and to the Diabetes Walks.
In the fall, Andrew will begin his university studies at KU, majoring in Psychology. He plans to attend Cleveland Chiropractic College for graduate study.