Emporia State announces bachelor’s graduation candidates from Wyandotte County

More than 600 students were candidates for undergraduate degrees during the May 17, 2014, commencement ceremony in White Auditorium in Emporia. Students from this area and their degrees:
•    Candice Leann Brooks of Kansas City, Kan., bachelor of interdisciplinary studies degree with a minor in leadership.
•    Regina Yvette Burnside of Kansas City, Kan., bachelor of science degree in elementary education.
•    Caitlin Elizabeth Edmundson of Kansas City, Kan., bachelor of arts degree in English with a minor in creative writing.
•    Cornelia E Holmes of Kansas City, Kan., bachelor of science in business degree in business administration.
•    Shelley Lynn Jones of Kansas City, Kan., bachelor of science degree in elementary education.
•    Lorenzo Antonio Marquez of Kansas City, Kan., bachelor of arts degree in modern languages and literatures with a minor in anthropology.
•    Rachel Nicole Marshall of Kansas City, Kan., bachelor of science degree in communication.
•    Bobby Lee McFarland of Kansas City, Kan.,bachelor of interdisciplinary studies degree.
•    Shalyssa Antwanyce Mitchell of Kansas City, Kan.,bachelor of interdisciplinary studies degree with a minor in ethnic and gender studies.
•    Jenni Anne Ova of Bonner Springs, Kan., bachelor of science degree in elementary education.
•    Trinity Layne Standridge of Bonner Springs, Kan., bachelor of fine arts degree in theatre.
•    Matha Vang of Kansas City, Kan.,bachelor of science degree in secondary English education.
•    Pamela Renee Wyatt of Kansas City, Kan.,bachelor of science degree in elementary education.
Commencement speakers included Helen Van Etten of the Kansas Board of Regents. The commencement address was delivered by Ed O’Malley, president and CEO of the Kansas Leadership Center.

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Breaking down those record-high meat prices

If you’re cooking out this Memorial Weekend, plan on spending some extra money for your food, said a Kansas State University agricultural economist.

Glynn Tonsor, associate professor, said beef and pork prices are at an all-time high. Beef, which costs about $5.50 a pound, is 13 percent more compared to last year. Bacon and pork chops have increased by 15 percent.

Tonsor said several factors are contributing to the increased prices, such as the drought, the historically low number of cattle and recent animal health diseases.

“There are new animal health concerns in 2014,” Tonsor said. “We simply are producing less pork and that’s showing up as less pork on the retail shelf. Couple that with strong demand, and we have notably higher pork prices.”

Prices are steadily increasing in 2014. Meat prices in April were 3 percent higher than in March. Tonsor believes they will continue to increase for the rest of the year.

But despite the higher prices, consumers are still snatching burgers and bacon off the shelves.

“The public is willing to pay higher prices,” Tonsor said. “They value the convenience, the freshness, the qualities that are in these meat products.”

It could be awhile before beef prices come down.

“We have ongoing concerns with the drought and then a long biological lag for cattle,” Tonsor said. “Even though we’re trying to expand production, it takes multiple years. It’s probably going to be 2016 before we see more pounds on the shelf in the beef complex.”

Tonsor suggests comparing prices of meat products and consider buying alternate products, like bone-in instead of boneless, to save some money.

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Piper results

Piper was the 1st place regional golf champion with a 328. (Piper photo)

Piper High School – golf at Sunflower Golf Course (regional)
– 1st place regional champs  with a 328
– Eric Pahls (regional champion) with a 77
– Alec Wuellner (4th) with an 80, Nick Delaquila (6th) with an 82, & Blaine Smith (10th) with an 89
– play at Marietta on May 27th for the state title

Piper High School – baseball at Tonganoxie (regional)
– V lost 3-4

Piper won the regional softball championship with a 9-4 victory. (Piper photo)

Piper High School – softball at Basehor-Linwood (regional)
– Game No. 1 vs. Atchison V won 17-2
– Henry winning pitcher and went 4/4, McCall went 2/3, Lauritzen 2/4 with a GS homerun, Sullivan 3/3 with a double, Boyd went 2/2, N. Salazar went 1/2 with a triple, and Mullins went 1/1 with a double
– Game #2 vs. Basehor-Linwood V won 9-4 (regional champs)
– Henry winning pitcher and went 2/5, Sullivan went 3/3 with 2 HRs, Lauritzen 2/4, & Boyd went 2/4
– play in Salina on May 29 and 30 for the state title

–    from Doug Key, Piper activities director

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