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HAYS, Kan. -- Thirty-nine students from around Kansas have
been accepted for the fourth class of the Kansas Academy of Mathematics and
Science on the Fort Hays State University campus. The class begins its two-year
curriculum in the fall.
KAMS provides a unique residential learning experience for
select high school juniors and seniors. Prospective students must have completed at
least two years of high school with distinction in mathematics or science.
However, outstanding academic achievement is not the only criterion for
acceptance. KAMS selects students based on drive, interest, maturity, stability,
and personal and family commitment.
These exceptional students, who represent urban, suburban
and rural communities from across the state, will earn a high school diploma
from their sending school and 68 hours of college credit from FHSU.
This class also includes four international students, two
from South Korea and two from China.
New students are listed alphabetically by hometown with
their sending high school:
Alexander: Tanner Swartz, La
Crosse High School, son of Edward and Louise Swartz.
Anshun, China: Junyu
Zhang, Guizhou Anshun Experimental School, son of Zhongequan Zhang and Dangling
Baldwin City: Morgan Linder,
Baldwin High School, daughter of Brett and Renee Linder.
Beijing, China: Tianhao
Yu, Beijing National Day School, son of Jiging Yu and Airong Duan.
Benton: Justin Weaver, Circle
High School, son of Sharon Weaver, Benton, and Gary Weaver, Augusta.
Chapman: Shelby Young, Chapman
High School, daughter of Elmer and Darbie Young.
Concordia: Rachel Hasch,
Concordia High School, daughter of Leslie Hemphill and Christy Hasch.
Council Grove: Christopher
Siegle, Council Grove High School, son of Frank and Lora Siegle.
Glasco: Garrett Redden,
Glasco High School, son of Ron and Shelli Redden.
Goodland: Amber Perdew,
Goodland High School, daughter of Ralph and Joanie Brighton, Goodland, and Don
Perdew, Yukon, Okla.
Gwangju, South Korea: MinYoung
Kim, Kukje High School.
Hiawatha: Elliot Bicker,
Hiawatha High School, son of Micah and Cindy Bicker.
Leupold, Hiawatha High School, son of Larry and Kim Leupold.
Hutchinson: Tyler Standley,
Nickerson High School, son of Crystal Standley.
Junction City: Laura
Rook, Junction City High School, daughter of Richard and Renee Rook.
Lawrence: Abigail Ladner,
Lawrence Freestate High School, daughter of John and Christine Ladner.
Lewis, Lawrence Freestate High School, daughter of Jeffry Lewis and Christine
Lyons: Samuel DeVore, Lyons High
School, son of Ronald and Angela DeVore.
Manhattan: Mason Gates,
Manhattan High School, son of Randall and Renee Gates.
Olathe: Adam Stenson, Olathe
Northwest High School, son of Philip Stenson and Lisa Allen.
Olsburg: Codie Webster, Blue
Valley High School, daughter of Lynn and Marla Webster.
Overland Park: Eleanor
Justin, Shawnee Mission South, daughter of Jean Justin.
Peru: Jonathan Howard, Sedan High
School, son of Ralph and Sherry Howard.
Salina: Pratik Patel, Salina
Central High School, son of Jitendra and Amita Patel.
Scott City: Chloe Kuffler, Scott
Community High School, daughter of Ted and Diane Kuffler.
Seoul, South Korea: DongHee
Lee, St. Paul Prepatory School, son of Hey In Shin.
Shawnee: Morgan Murray, Mill
Valley High School, daughter of Michael and Theresa Murray.
Topeka: Gabe Horton, Seaman
High School, son of Michael and Christine Horton.
Melvin, Washburn Rural High School, daughter of Vince and Barb Melvin.
Rayls, Seaman High School, daughter of Jon and Judy Rayls.
Arynne Smallback, Topeka High School, daughter of
William and Michelle Smallback.
Whipple, Mission Valley High School, son of Gerald and Susan Whipple.
Wamego: Nathanial Nehring,
Wamego High School, son of Ronald and Kelly Nehring.
Wichita: Jacklynn Brock, Maize
South High School, daughter of Jack and Shelby Brock.
Cory, Andover High School, son of Robert and Beverly Cory.
Crider, Maize High School, son of Robert and Michelle Crider.
Howell, Northeast Magnet School, daughter of Brendon and Betty Howell.
"Bree" Singleton, Northeast Magnet School, daughter of Gary and Emily
Terry, Goddard High School, daughter of J.D. and Heather Terry.