KCK student to receive college-sponsored National Merit scholarship

John K. Childress, Kansas City, Kansas, recently was named the recipient of a college-sponsored National Merit scholarship.

Childress will receive the National Merit W. Harold Otto Scholarship at the University of Kansas, Lawrence, according to the announcement.

Childress plans to go into the mathematics field, and attended St. James Academy, Lenexa.

More than 4,000 students nationwide are receiving college-sponsored National Merit scholarships.

The scholarship winners were selected from among finalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program. College-sponsored awards provide between $500 and $2,000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate study.

There are more than 7,500 National Merit Scholars in 2018, who will receive scholarships for undergraduate study. There were also 2,500 National Merit $2,500 scholarships and 1,000 corporate-sponsored scholarships awarded.


Two KCK students on dean’s list at University of Nebraska

Two Kansas City, Kansas, students have been named to the dean’s list at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, for the spring semester.

The students include Becca Catherine Francis, sophomore, dean’s list, College of Engineering, biological systems engineering; and Gina Marie Lucero, senior, dean’s list, College of Arts and Sciences, anthropology.

Students in engineering had at least a 3.5 grade point average to be on the dean’s list, and arts and sciences students had at least a 3.7 grade point average.


NRA backs Colyer in Kansas governor race

by Scott Canon, Kansas News Service

Tooling through parades in a flag-themed Jeep with a faux machine gun mounted on the back apparently wasn’t enough for Secretary of State Kris Kobach to win over the National Rifle Association in the Kansas governor’s race.

The country’s largest and most influential gun lobby on Monday instead endorsed Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer in his Republican primary. That left Kobach claiming that he still has the backing of grassroots gun rights voters.

The NRA said its endorsement reflected Colyer’s “strong support for the Second Amendment and the hunting heritage of Kansas.”

An NRA news release also cited his voting record as a state legislator, particularly his support to override a veto of a bill allowing Kansans to carry concealed weapons.

Less than a half hour after Colyer sent out his news release about the NRA support, Kobach responded that a Kansas State Rifle Association survey had recently shown him the top pick of its members.

“It’s not even close among gun owners in Kansas,” the Kobach release said.

Earlier in the day, Kobach announced an endorsement from the far less prominent Gun Owners of America.

Both Kobach and Colyer have received a grade of “A” from the NRA. Kansas Insurance Commissioner Ken Selzer, another Republican in the race also received an “A.” Moderate Republican candidate Jim Barnett and all the Democratic candidates have “F” ratings from the NRA.

Scott Canon is digital editor of the Kansas News Service, a collaboration of KCUR, Kansas Public Radio, KMUW and High Plains Public Radio covering health, education and politics. You can reach him on Twitter @ScottCanon. Kansas News Service stories and photos may be republished at no cost with proper attribution and a link back to the original post.
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