More than 100 Wyandotte County students named to KU honor roll

More than 100 students at the University of Kansas from Wyandotte County were named to the honor roll for the spring 2021 semester.

The honor roll includes undergraduates who meet requirements in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and in the schools of Architecture and Design, Business, Education and Human Sciences, Engineering , Health Professions, Journalism and Mass Communications, Music, Nursing, Pharmacy, Professional Studies and Social Welfare.

In all, there were 6,500 KU undergraduate students on the honor roll.

Wyandotte County

Tanya Landeros De Leon, Bonner Springs, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Gracijela Lucic, Bonner Springs, School of Business
Alyissa Mendoza, Bonner Springs, School of Social Welfare
Isabella Nusbaum, Bonner Springs, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Spring Patterson, Bonner Springs, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Travis Slankard, Bonner Springs, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Jacob Smith, Bonner Springs, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Kylie Smith, Bonner Springs, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Abby Vaughn, Bonner Springs, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Jensen Walcott, Bonner Springs, School of Nursing

Blake Best, Edwardsville, School of Engineering
Josiah Crowley, Edwardsville, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Jake Shriver, Edwardsville, School of Education and Human Sciences

Vance Reed, Kansas City, Kansas, School of Engineering
Maria Accardi, Kansas City, Kansas, School of Pharmacy
Lucas Adam, Kansas City, Kansas, School of Pharmacy
Alejandra Aguirre, Kansas City, Kansas, School of Health Professions
Geovanni Alvarado, Kansas City, Kansas, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and School of Business
Vilmer Alvarado, Kansas City, Kansas, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Leanne Bautista, Kansas City, Kansas, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Javen Betts, Kansas City, Kansas, School of Education and Human Sciences
McKenzie Blevins, Kansas City, Kansas, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Anissa Brantley, Kansas City, Kansas, School of Education and Human Sciences
Jose Cabrera, Kansas City, Kansas, School of Pharmacy
Joel Campbell, Kansas City, Kansas, School of Engineering
Anabel Cardoza, Kansas City, Kansas, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Samuel Chaney, Kansas City, Kansas, School of Business
Doany Chaparro, Kansas City, Kansas, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Courtney Chatmon, Kansas City, Kansas, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Aylea Cole, Kansas City, Kansas, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Dillon Crosby, Kansas City, Kansas, School of the Arts
Josie Cruz-Lopez, Kansas City, Kansas, School of Nursing
Anh-Dao Do, Kansas City, Kansas, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Colby Dressler, Kansas City, Kansas, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Yamilecs Estupinan, Kansas City, Kansas, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Alexander Falk, Kansas City, Kansas, School of Business
Andrew Ford, Kansas City, Kansas, School of Engineering
Kaya Frantz, Kansas City, Kansas, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Lisandra Garcia, Kansas City, Kansas, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Diego Garcia, Kansas City, Kansas, School of Engineering
Michael Gentry, Kansas City, Kansas, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Hanah Glimpse, Kansas City, Kansas, School of the Arts
Bree Goodge, Kansas City, Kansas, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Tyon Grant-Foster, Kansas City, Kansas, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Emily Gudino, Kansas City, Kansas, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Kristine Guthrie, Kansas City, Kansas, School of Health Professions
Kamiyah Hicks, Kansas City, Kansas, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Julie Hinze, Kansas City, Kansas, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Mallory Holt, Kansas City, Kansas, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Pyo Htat, Kansas City, Kansas, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Makale’a Jackson, Kansas City, Kansas, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Zach Johnson, Kansas City, Kansas, School of the Arts
Olivia Jones, Kansas City, Kansas, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Alexandria Jones, Kansas City, Kansas, School of the Arts
Jarius Jones, Kansas City, Kansas, School of Nursing
Jackson Jones, Kansas City, Kansas, School of the Arts
Josie Jones, Kansas City, Kansas, School of Music
Peyton Kelly, Kansas City, Kansas, School of Education and Human Sciences
Sierra Leiker, Kansas City, Kansas, School of Business
Jonathan Limas, Kansas City, Kansas, School of Business
Andrew Loaiza, Kansas City, Kansas, School of Engineering
Brianna Long, Kansas City, Kansas, School of Business
PaChee Lor, Kansas City, Kansas, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Harrison Mages, Kansas City, Kansas, School of Health Professions
Gabriel Maldonado, Kansas City, Kansas, School of Education and Human Sciences
Gael Martinez, Kansas City, Kansas, School of the Arts
Amariah Mazurek, Kansas City, Kansas, School of Nursing
Steven Mccord, Kansas City, Kansas, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Mia Meyer, Kansas City, Kansas, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Ellie Meyers, Kansas City, Kansas, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Shelbie Miller, Kansas City, Kansas, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Jessica Monroe, Kansas City, Kansas, School of Education and Human Sciences
Shae Montgomery-Stamps, Kansas, Kansas City, School of Business
Tong Moua, Kansas City, Kansas, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Soua Moua, Kansas City, Kansas, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Thomas Murguia, Kansas City, Kansas, School of Business
Heather Nguyen, Kansas City, Kansas, School of the Arts
Andrew Novak, Kansas City, Kansas, School of Journalism and Mass Communications
Okwudili Okekearu, Kansas City, Kansas, School of Pharmacy
Enrique Ortiz, Kansas City, Kansas, School of Education and Human Sciences
Panhia Penney, Kansas City, Kansas, School of Business
Penelope Pennington, Kansas City, Kansas, School of Nursing
Rebecca Pray, Kansas City, Kansas, School of Health Professions
Diego Ramos Solis, Kansas City, Kansas, School of Business
Marcella Reeder, Kansas City, Kansas, School of Journalism and Mass Communications
Fabian Requenes, Kansas City, Kansas, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Victoria Requenes, Kansas City, Kansas, School of Education and Human Sciences
Zackary Rodina, Kansas City, Kansas, School of Business
Jessica Ruiz, Kansas City, Kansas, School of Social Welfare
Joe Russell, Kansas City, Kansas, School of Business
Emma Sanders, Kansas City, Kansas, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Elizabeth Santillan, Kansas City, Kansas, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Brenda Sarmiento, Kansas City, Kansas, School of Health Professions
Sydney Sheldon, Kansas City, Kansas, School of Journalism and Mass Communications
Joshua Shepherd, Kansas City, Kansas, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Zoe Surprise, Kansas City, Kansas, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and School of the Arts
Luke Thepthepha, Kansas City, Kansas, School of Business
Candice Townsend, Kansas City, Kansas, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Sarah Turner, Kansas City, Kansas, School of Nursing
Paci Vang, Kansas City, Kansas, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Jamie Visser, Kansas City, Kansas, School of Social Welfare
Trey Whetstone, Kansas City, Kansas, School of Education and Human Sciences
Kassidy Wieduwilt, Kansas City, Kansas, School of Social Welfare
Deniz Yeter, Kansas City, Kansas, School of Nursing
Eric Zimmer, Kansas City, Kansas, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Caroline Zimmerman, Kansas City, Kansas, School of Journalism and Mass Communications.

Christmas in July toy drive starts tonight for Edwardsville

Edwardsville firefighters and police officers are holding a Christmas in July toy drive that starts with a kickoff event tonight.

Edwardsville Fire Chief Tim Whitham said the toy drive will last during the month of July and will provide toys for Edwardsville children in December.

Called the Ho-Ho Express, the toy drive began last year. Because of COVID-19 restrictions, firefighters and police officers escorted Santa and the Grinch to neighborhoods in Edwardsville, using social distancing, last year.

Tonight, new, unwrapped toys and cash donations will be accepted at Thirsty’s Bar and Grill, 11657 Kaw Drive, Bonner Springs, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Edwardsville police officers and firefighters will deliver Santa and the Grinch to Thirsty’s for little kids and big kids alike to enjoy the evening and interact with public safety professionals, the Grinch and to talk with Santa.

Kansas Corporation Commission opens investigations into effects of weather emergency

The Kansas Corporation Commission this morning opened seven company specific investigations pertaining to the effects of the February weather emergency.

Kansas Gas Service and Atmos Energy, which serve natural gas customers in Wyandotte County, are included in the seven companies. Also included is Evergy, which serves some residents of Bonner Springs and Edwardsville.

The investigations will examine each utility’s proposals to minimize financial effects of the February weather emergency on its customers, according to a news release.

The high demand, along with generation facility issues due to cold weather, created supply shortages and extraordinarily high energy prices, according to the KCC An emergency order issued by the KCC on Feb. 15 ordered regulated utilities to defer those costs for review and to present a plan to minimize ratepayer impact over a reasonable time, the KCC stated.

The investigations will also address the cause of reduced natural gas supplies, high natural gas prices, supply and demand imbalances in the Southwest Power Pool Integrated Market, and what steps can be taken to make sure utilities are better prepared for future extreme weather events, according to the KCC.

The BPU is not included in the companies being investigated. The Kansas Corporation Commission does not have jurisdiction over the Board of Public Utilities, which serves electric customers in Kansas City, Kansas, because the BPU is a public utility with an elected board.

A report and recommendation filed by KCC staff on March 1 stated that company specific investigatory dockets would allow staff to tailor its investigation to match each utility’s unique circumstances.

Today’s order can be viewed at http://estar.kcc.ks.gov/estar/ViewFile.aspx?Id=8360b142-9f83-4d64-af94-06a09d85daf7.