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Students recognized at WSU Senior Honor Banquet

Wichita, Kan. - The Class of 2014 Senior Honor Men and Women of Wichita State University were honored at a banquet Tuesday, April 22, at the Wichita Country Club.

Being named a Senior Honor Man or Woman is one of the most prestigious honors a Wichita State University student can receive. Since the program's inception in 1917, more than 1,050 students have been selected for this honor. Less than 1 percent of all Wichita State students receive this distinction.

Selection is based on a student's commitment to academic excellence, their involvement on campus and contribution to the community, academic standing and oral and written communication skills. Five men and five women were selected for this year's honor.

The following Senior Honor Men and Women were honored:

Darren Beckham, 2009 graduate of Sunrise Christian Academy, Bel Aire, Kan.

Melissa Cloud, 2010 graduate of Andover High School, Andover, Kan.

Lauren Durano, 2010 graduate of Andover High School, Andover, Kan.

Chelsea Grosch, 2010 graduate of Newton High School, Newton, Kan.

Justin Hall, 2009 graduate of Derby High School, Derby, Kan.

Melissa Heinitz, 2010 graduate of Emporia High School, Emporia, Kan.

Preston Maus, 2010 graduate of Bishop Carroll Catholic High School, Wichita, Kan.

Marcus McNeal, 2009 graduate of Wichita Heights High School, Wichita, Kan.

Nick Thomas, 2009 graduate of Columbus Unified High School, Columbus, Kan.

Sarah Thompson, 2010 graduate of Salina High School South, Salina, Kan.


(Contact: Trish Gandu, assistant to the dean
Student Engagement, Wichita State University, 316-978-6679;


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Left to right (back row) Justin Hall, Sarah Thompson, President John Bardo, Chelsea Grosch, Darren Beckham, Nick Thomas, Preston Maus Left to right (front row) Melissa Heinitz, Melissa Cloud, Lauren Durano, Marcus McNeal



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