Kansas State University
Northland family recognized: Anna and Jordan Hasty of Gladstone are among members of K-State’s Family of the Year for 2016.
They were recognized at Family Day on Sept. 24 in Manhattan, Kan.
The Spare family was chosen for the annual honor based on the family’s affiliation with K-State and their loyalty and pride in the university. The Spare family’s involvement includes participation in academics, campus activities, athletics and overseas learning.
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The family legacy began with Neva Jean Spare, a 1947 graduate in home economics, and her husband Richard Spare, a 1950 graduate in agriculture/dairy production.
Staley High School
Administrator honored: Clark Mershon, principal, has been named Missouri Administrator of the Year.
Mershon was chosen by the Missouri School Counselor Association for exceptional leadership within the school, support of the counseling program and a willingness to go well beyond the demands of the school day.
In April, Mershon was nominated by the Greater Kansas City School Counselor Association. He also was named Administrator of the Year by the Missouri Journalism Education Association.
Staley’s counseling department was honored with the State of Missouri Gysbers Success Award, the highest recognition given to school counseling programs in Missouri for an exemplary comprehensive counseling program that focuses on the academic, career, social and emotional development of all students.
Both awards will be presented at the state counselor association conference in November at Lake of the Ozarks.
Park Hill High School
National Merit honors: Six students recognized as scholastically talented seniors have been named Commended Students in the National Merit Scholarship Program.
They are Nathaniel Cline, Colleen Cogley, Kayla Decker, Mahan Hadjian, Hunter Lund and Chandler To. The students receive a Letter of Commendation and rank among the top five percent of more than 1.6 million students nationwide who entered the National Merit competition by taking qualifying tests their junior year.
Compiled by Su Bacon,
Special to the Star
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