Chadron State College students “kept it in the family” when choosing an Ivy Day king and queen.
The royalty honors, which are determined by a vote of the student body, went to Luke and Stacee Wright of Hamlet, brother and sister who are graduating Saturday.
Ivy Day, which was Friday night in Memorial Hall, was a big event for the Wrights. Luke and Nisha Durand of Salisbury, Dominica, were presented the annual Platinum Eagle awards, which are presented annually to one male and one female for “distinguished leadership and service.” The Platinum Eagle is considered to be the highest honor a CSC student can receive.
The Wrights were presented with certificates of merit for being outstanding students in their fields of study – Luke in psychology and Stacee in business management. Luke lists involvement in more than two dozen campus organizations, including a term as president of the Campus Activities Board. Stacee also was recognized Friday for graduating magna cum laude and her service as an admissions ambassador. Luke graduated from Wauneta-Palisade High School in 2007, and Stacee a year later. This marks the first time a brother and sister have simultaneously claimed king and queen. Siblings Rachel and Austin Forster of Gordon claimed the crowns on separate years.
Durand received a certificate of merit for human biology, and has been active in many campus organizations and activities, including the International Club, Residence Life Association, Student Senate and Cardinal Key. Graduating summa cum laude, she has been accepted to enter professional training for biochemistry and molecular biology at Mayo Graduate School at Rochester, Minn.
Durand also served as an Ivy Day orator, along with Kyle Klammer of Ainsworth and Riley Machal of Gretna. Deb Stewart, retiring social work professor, was faculty greeter.
The winners of the royalty competition and Platinum Eagle were just some of the outstanding spring 2012 and winter 2011 CSC graduates who received accolades during Ivy Day. The annual event, which has occurred at CSC every year since 1920, is sponsored by the Blue Key and Cardinal Key honor societies.
A total of 47 graduates were recognized with certificates of merit as outstanding students in their primary fields of study, or presented other special honors. The honorees included graduates who earned peer tutor certification from the College Reading and Learning Association, and those who served as Supplemental Instruction leaders and Admissions Ambassadors.
Special recognition also was given to 78 students who graduated with one of three honor designations – summa cum laude, magna cum laude and cum laude. Following is the list of honors, with certificates of merit indicated by subject area.
IVY DAY HONORS
Ainsworth: Kyle Klammer, Human Biology, Supplemental Instruction Leader.
Alliance: Collin Lybarger, Music; Misty Graham, General Business.
Atkinson: Jean Dobias, Art.
Bridgeport: Natalie Hadden, National Business Education Association Award.
Chadron: Jeffrey Alcorn, Clyde Bond Award for scholar-athletes with outstanding sportsmanship and character; Kelsey Amos, Literature, Tutor Certification; Kently Kelso, Literature; Rebecca Chasek, Legal Studies.
Cody: Samantha Evans, Agriculture.
Crawford: Aubrey Soester, Admissions Ambassador; Cassidy Emerson, Agriculture.
Eustis: Cressey Yeutter, Recreation.
Gordon: Jacob Sasse, Mathematics; Jennifer Taylor, Psychology.
Gothenburg: Robert France, Health Science.
Grand Island: Ashley Chalupa, Tutor Certification.
Hamlet: Stacee Wright, Business Management, Admissions Ambassador.
Hay Springs: Angela Heesacker, Theatre; Derek Ginn, Business Education.
Hemingford: Trace Armstrong, Agribusiness.
Kearney: Kaitlin Petri, Finance, Business Administration.
Kimball: Lanelle Janicek, Elementary Education Academy.
Minatare: Shalee Jones, Theatre.
Morrill: Amber Nightingale, Theatre.
North Platte: Courtney Simants, Regional Elementary Education.
Ord: Riley Machal, Human Biology, Tutor Certification, Supplemental Instruction Leader.
Palisade: Luke Wright, Psychology.
Scottsbluff: Kate Mumm, Health.
Sidney: January Coe, Marketing.
Thedford: Cody Merchant, Accounting, Tutor Certification.
Other States and Nations
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia: Abenezer Tadesse, Chemistry, Tutor Certification.
Box Elder, S.D.: Regina Ertz, Psychology.
Cheyenne, Wyo.: Mason Quinn, Theatre.
East Lansing, Mich.: Kyle McAlister, Natural Sciences.
Littleton, Colo.: Kinley Nichols, Communication Arts.
Moreno Valley, Calif.: Ann Robinson, Library Information Management.
Orem, Utah: Hannah Sanders, Music.
Port-of-Spain, Trinidad: Shari Wattley, Business Information Systems.
Rapid City, S.D.: Kaitlyn Anderson, Social Work.
Rawlins, Wyo.: Kelsey Warren, Physical Education.
Salisbury, Dominica: Nisha Durand, Human Biology.
Sheridan, Wyo.: Kyle Grammens, Criminal Justice.
Torrington, Wyo.: Anibal Ponce, Family and Consumer Science; Matthew Templar, Pre-Law.
Whitewood, S.D.: Kelsey Kaitfors, Music, Supplemental Instruction Leader.
Wyoming, Iowa: Sarah Jones, Social Work.
Ainsworth: Kyle Klammer
Alliance: Jesse Schmid
Chadron: Rebecca Chasek, Tara Ledbetter
Gordon: Jacob Sasse, Jennifer Taylor
Gothenburg: Robert France
Kearney: Kaitlin Petri
Mitchell: Cory Kinsey
Morrill: Amber Nightingale
Nelson: Micaela VanSkiver
North Platte: Courtney Simants
Scottsbluff: Kate Mumm
Other States and Nations
Panama City, Fla.: Lynsey Mofield-Besenyi
Port-of-Spain, Trinidad: Shari Wattley
Salisbury, Dominica: Nisha Durand
Sheridan, Wyo.: Kelsey Diaz
Torrington, Wyo.: Matthew Templar
MAGNA CUM LAUDE
Alliance: Elizabeth Weishaar
Atkinson: Rebeka Laible
Bayard: Traci Fast
Brady: Amy Schartz
Broken Bow: Allison Rowden
Callaway: Traci Kennedy, Dalton Nelsen
Chadron: Kelsey Amos, Kently Kelso, Heather Moore
Creighton: Lisa Smith
Elwood: Christopher Schwarz
Gering: Tammie Kleich
Hamlet: Stacee Wright
Lawrence: Rebecca Kathman
Mullen: Abbey Zimmerman
Norfolk: Haley Kathol
Ord: Riley Machal
Palisade: Judy Durham
Scottbluff: Calico Cowan, Jennifer Vogel
Stapleton: Ryan Mumm
Thedford: Cody Merchant
Valentine: Ashley Dobry
Other States and Nations
Box Elder, S.D.: Regina Ertz
Glendive, Mont.: Bethany Seifert
Kingston, Jamaica: Paul McGowan, Lanar Newman
Moreno Valley, Calif.: Ann Robinson
Orem, Utah: Hannah Sanders
Rapid City, S.D.: Kendra Reuer
Wyoming, Iowa: Sarah Jones
Bridgeport: Natalie Hadden, Chance Wallesen
Burwell: Alex Petersen
Crawford: Samuel Ballard
Dix: Pamela Haack
Gering: Lisa VanWinkle
Grand Island: Ashley Chalupa
Hemingford: April Stangle
Hooper: Kelsey Bogus
Maxwell: Joni Keith
Minatare: Justin Koke
Oshkosh: Chloe Olson
Palisade: Autumn Alberts
Scottsbluff: Paige Wayman
Sidney: Kayla Glanz, Tamlyn Polson
Sumner: Lana Karlberg
Other States and Nations
Denver, Colo.: Sydney Bender
Great Falls, Mont.: Michael Jones
Hugoton, Kan.: Katherine Lulf
Piedmont, S.D.: Megan Maxwell
Sharpsville, Pa.: Heather Wallace
Sheridan, Wyo.: Britnee Geringer, Kyle Grammens, Lacey Hewitt
Sterling, Colo.: Brande Kirby
Torrington, Wyo.: Anibal Ponce
Yoder, Wyo.: Devin Shimic
—Justin Haag, CSC Information Services
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