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February 2012 News Releases

Three Kansas high school students receive Richey Scholarship from Washburn

Washburn University has awarded three Kansas high school students, Russell Budden, St. Marys High School; Parker Gallion, Frankfort High School; McKenzie Gnagi, Washburn Rural High School; the prestigious Richey Scholarship award for 2012-2013.

These students are among the highest achieving in Kansas and the nation. They rank among the top one percent of students in the nation when high school grade point average and ACT scores are considered. They also earned an average grade point average of 3.96 and an average ACT of 31. The list of activities, accomplishments and community service projects is inspiring.

In addition to Budden’s many school activities, such as National Honor Society and serving as the president of Future Business Leaders of America, he is involved in community service. He has been active in Catholic Heart Work Camp, Future Farmers of America and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Budden also is involved in the Boy Scouts of America, having earned the rank of Eagle Scout. He plans to major in biology in the pre-med track with the desire to be a trauma surgeon.

Gallion is a member of the National Honor Society, and is active in his school’s music and theatre programs. He participated in scholar’s bowl, forensics and cross country. Within the Frankfort community he is involved in church activities, Meals on Wheels and volunteers with the Frankfort Library and the American Diabetes Association. Gallion is currently a certified nurse assistant and plans to major in nursing.

As an honor student, Gnagi is a member of the National Honor Society and she participates in band. She is involved with her local church and their Upward Sports program, coaching preschool through second grade children in soccer and basketball. Gnagi also has served as a counselor at Science Camp and she has earned a black belt in martial arts. She plans on majoring in history with the goal of earning a teacher license in history and government.

The Richey Scholars program was established with the generous gift of the Ronald Richey Family. The premier scholarship provided by the Richey Scholar program assist Washburn in attracting the highest achieving students. Students whose academic achievement places them in the top one percent of students nationally are invited to apply. Awards are based on academic achievement, extra-curricular involvement, and leadership and service to the community.

For more information, contact Washburn Admissions at (785) 670-1030.

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Amanda Hughes, university relations, (785) 670-2153