Kansas State University awarded more than 1,600 students semester honors for their academic performance during the spring semester.


Kansas State University awarded more than 1,600 students semester honors for their academic performance during the spring semester.

In addition, more than 350 students earned May graduation honors in recognition of their outstanding academic performance as undergraduates.

Students earning semester or graduation honors receive commendations from their deans, with the honors recorded on their permanent academic records.

Students receiving semester honors rank in the top 10 percent of their class within their respective colleges and were enrolled in at least 12 semester hours of graded course work.

K-State awards summa cum laude to students who graduate with an academic average of 3.95 or higher; magna cum laude to graduates with an academic average of 3.85 to 3.949; and cum laude to graduates with a 3.750 to 3.849 academic average.

The following students, listed by hometown or graduating high school, are earning K-State semester and/or graduation honors:

Semester honors

• Whitewater: Aaron Scott Thiessen.

• Berean Academy: Brian Dale Busenitz, Gregory Keith Regier.

• Burrton: Lucas J. Campbell.

• Halstead: Kaywin R. Bryant III, Mary Beth Gleason, Samantha Dee Scharff, Camille Marie Thibault, Brett David Tieszen.

• Hesston: Lindsey Renee Janzen, Maria Katherine O’Halloran; Erin Elizabeth Schroeder, Tyler Regier Selzer.

• Newton: Brian Dale Busenitz, Kevin John Hamilton, Jennifer Lea Holtman, Mitchell Henry Karr, Gregory Keith Regier.

• North Newton: Aaron James Dyck, Kara Marie Schmidt.

• Sedgwick: Stephanie Donna Loyd.

• Newton High School: Justin Michael Jones, Jennie Leigh Skibbe.

• Burns: Leann Marie Spinden.

• Durham: Julianne Renee Chisholm.

• Hillsboro: Greta N Kliewer, Katie Lynn Morford, Matthew James Tippin.

• Marion: Paul Wesley Hodson, Alissa Diane Vogel, Briana Marie Vogel.

• Peabody: Lindsay Randi Wiebe.

• Goessel High School: Darla K. Funk.

• Marion High School: Russell Stanton Ploutz.

• Moundridge: Matthew Ryan Begnoche, Kyle Aron Neufeld, Cole Richard Schroeder.

Graduation honors

• Hesston: Tyler Regier Selzer, summa cum laude with a associate of applied science.

• Newton High School: Tristan Cavelle Tafolla, magna cum laude with a bachelor of arts.

• Florence: Jessica Gail Deforest, cum laude with a bachelor of science (education).

• Hillsboro: Dustin Cole Jost, magna cum laude with a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering.

• Moundridge: Grant Matthew Yost, cum laude with a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering.