KU announces candidates for degrees from Wyandotte County

The University of Kansas has announced candidates for degrees from Wyandotte County this spring.

The Wyandotte County graduates will be among nearly 4,800 total degree candidates at KU this spring.

The 144th commencement at KU will be Sunday, May 15, starting at 10 a.m. with graduates assembling along Memorial Drive in Lawrence, Kan., for the procession, which begins at 10:30 a.m.

Candidates for graduation from Wyandotte County include:

Bonner Springs
Sandy Arjon, Bonner Springs, Doctor of Pharmacy
Peter Beatty, Bonner Springs, Bachelor of Science in Journalism and Business minor
Melanie Bergstrom, Bonner Springs, Certificate of Diagnostic Ultrasound Technology
Kyle Chadwick, Bonner Springs, Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Timothy Clark, Bonner Springs, Bachelor of General Studies in Liberal Arts and Sciences and Bachelor of Science in Business in Information Systems
Bridget Davis, Bonner Springs, Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Bachelor of Science in Mathematics
Sean Ellington, Bonner Springs, Bachelor of Science in Business in Marketing
Christine Hashman, Bonner Springs, Doctor of Pharmacy
Jessie Kelly, Bonner Springs, Master of Accounting
Morgan Kleoppel, Bonner Springs, Bachelor of Science in Business in Finance and Bachelor of Science in Business in Marketing
Zacharie Klover, Bonner Springs, Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Psychology minor
Dalton Mellies, Bonner Springs, Bachelor of Science in Business in Supply Chain Management
Cammie Mitchener, Bonner Springs, Bachelor of General Studies in Communication Studies and Religious Studies minor
Grant Moyer, Bonner Springs, Bachelor of Science in Journalism and History minor
Shelby Ney, Bonner Springs, Doctor of Pharmacy
Sandra Petrosino, Bonner Springs, Master of Social Work
Danielle Ridder, Bonner Springs, Bachelor of Science in Journalism and English minor
Patrick Rutherford, Bonner Springs, Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science and Business minor
Kelsey Stanbrough, Bonner Springs, Master of Occupational Therapy
Meagan Stice, Bonner Springs, Bachelor of Science in Journalism and Sociology minor
Alyson Theno, Bonner Springs, Bachelor of Science in Education
Fleet Van, Bonner Springs, Bachelor of Science in Business in Accounting
Cortney Wise, Bonner Springs, Bachelor of Arts in Visual Art

Edwardsville
Freddy Argudo Intriago, Edwardsville, Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering
Suhaib Bajwa, Edwardsville, Bachelor of Arts in Biology
Andre Cobbins, Edwardsville, Bachelor of Fine Arts in Design, Undergraduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship
Michaela Slaughter, Edwardsville, Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Studies

Kansas City, Kan.

Dairi Amaya-Lazo, Kansas City, Kan., Master of Social Work
Nichole Armintrout, Kansas City, Kan., Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Audrey Banach, Kansas City, Kan., Master of Health Services Administration
Tiffany Bateson, Kansas City, Kan., Master of Science in Nursing
Suezanne Bishop, Kansas City, Kan., Master of Social Work and Juris Doctor
Michael Blecha, Kansas City, Kan., Master of Science in Electrical Engineering
Keyana Branch, Kansas City, Kan., Bachelor of Arts in East Asian Languages and Cultures and Bachelor of Arts in Global and International Studies
Candice Brooks, Kansas City, Kan., Master of Science in Education
Constance Budd, Kansas City, Kan., Bachelor of Science in Business in Marketing
Lauren Burroughs, Kansas City, Kan., Bachelor of General Studies in Communication Studies and English minor
Shane Carrillo, Kansas City, Kan., Master of Science in Clinical Research
Matthew Cavlovic, Kansas City, Kan., Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering
Taisha Collins, Kansas City, Kan., Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Caitlin Colston, Kansas City, Kan., Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Katelyn Cromer, Kansas City, Kan., Bachelor of Science in Business in Accounting
Mira Dewi, Kansas City, Kan., Doctor of Philosophy in Medical Nutrition Science
Elizabeth Diaz-Amaro, Kansas City, Kan., Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Dawn Dorsett, Kansas City, Kan., Bachelor of Science in Chemistry
Makayla Dunn, Kansas City, Kan., Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Taylor Easley, Kansas City, Kan., Doctor of Medicine
Alexandra English, Kansas City, Kan., Bachelor of Science in Biology
Melissa Erwin, Kansas City, Kan., Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Renee Espino, Kansas City, Kan., Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Business minor
Tawana Evans, Kansas City, Kan., Master of Public Health
Victoria Everidge, Kansas City, Kan., Bachelor of Arts in Human Biology
Haydee Fewell, Kansas City, Kan., Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Bennett Gladden, Kansas City, Kan., Doctor of Medicine
Nubia Gomez-Villegas, Kansas City, Kan., Bachelor of Science in Business in Information Systems
Huntre Graham, Kansas City, Kan., Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Kellie Handy, Kansas City, Kan., Doctor of Physical Therapy
Alice Harper, Kansas City, Kan., Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Psychology minor
Day Harris, Kansas City, Kan., Bachelor of Social Work
Clarissa Harvey, Kansas City, Kan., Bachelor of Science in Sport Management and Business minor
Jonathan Heaver, Kansas City, Kan., Bachelor of Music Education
Harley Herd, Kansas City, Kan., Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science
Humberto Hernandez, Kansas City, Kan., Bachelor of Science in Business in Information Systems
Joanna Herr, Kansas City, Kan., Bachelor of Fine Arts in Design
Theresa Horne, Kansas City, Kan., Doctor of Pharmacy
Gayla Huffman, Kansas City, Kan., Doctor of Nursing Practice
Wei-ting Hung, Kansas City, Kan., Doctor of Philosophy in Molecular and Integrative Physiology
Omonmen Ighalo, Kansas City, Kan., Doctor of Medicine
Monica Johnson, Kansas City, Kan., Doctor of Medicine
Skylar Johnson, Kansas City, Kan., Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Business minor and Undergraduate Certificate in Global Studies
Jason Jones, Kansas City, Kan., Bachelor of Science in Business in Information Systemss
Jarius Jones, Kansas City, Kan., Doctor of Education
Katelyn Jones, Kansas City, Kan., Bachelor of Science in Business in Marketing
Priscila Jurado, Kansas City, Kan., Bachelor of Arts in Spanish
Sydney Kchao, Kansas City, Kan., Master of Science in Pharmacy Practice
John Klapper, Kansas City, Kan., Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering
Michael Koller, Kansas City, Kan., Master of Science in Business
Grace Lamberton, Kansas City, Kan., Bachelor of Social Work
Raylynn Laster, Kansas City, Kan., Master of Science in Education
Cicy Li, Kansas City, Kan., Doctor of Medicine
Alva Locke, Kansas City, Kan., Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Care
Chloe Lockman, Kansas City, Kan., Master of Architecture
Daniel Marx, Kansas City, Kan., Master of Science in Nursing and Master of Health Services Administration
Markisha McCoy-Rangel, Kan., Kansas City, Bachelor of General Studies in Theatre and Psychology minor
Brenda Morales, Kansas City, Kan., Master of Accounting
Jennifer Morris, Kansas City, Kan., Bachelor of Social Work
Christina Munford, Kansas City, Kan., Doctor of Medicine
Emily Nusz, Kansas City, Kan., Professional Science Master’s in Applied Science
Dustin Patterson, Kansas City, Kan., Bachelor of General Studies in Geography and Geology minor
Peyton Peaches, Kansas City, Kan., Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Caitlyn Porter, Kansas City, Kan., Bachelor of Fine Arts in Design
Gina Rasnic, Kansas City, Kan., Master of Science in Nursing
Gerald Robinson, Kansas City, Kan., Master of Science in Business
Kim Rode, Kansas City, Kan., Master of Social Work
Angelina Sanchez-Vinson, Kansas City, Kan., Master of Social Work
Eduardo Santos, Kansas City, Kan., Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering
Tadd Schneider, Kansas City, Kan., Bachelor of General Studies in Psychology and Applied Behavioral Sciences minor
Traci Smiley, Kansas City, Kan., Doctor of Physical Therapy
Erica Smith, Kansas City, Kan., Master of Social Work
Zachary Smith, Kansas City, Kan., Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering
Dominic Sosinski, Kansas City, Kan., Master of Architecture
Rachael Staudenraus, Kansas City, Kan., Bachelor of General Studies in Developmental Psychology and Sociology minor
Seth Stuerke, Kansas City, Kan., Bachelor of General Studies in Liberal Arts and Sciences
Leslie Stumpff, Kansas City, Kan., Master of Social Work
Derek Surdez, Kansas City, Kan., Doctor of Physical Therapy
Robert Szymanski, Kansas City, Kan., Master of Science in Business
Christopher Teters, Kansas City, Kan., Juris Doctor
Carlie Thomas, Kansas City, Kan., Bachelor of Science in Education
Laura Torres-Uribe, Kansas City, Kan., Bachelor of Arts in Global and International Studies and Business minor
Ramirez Tortolero, Kansas City, Kan., Bachelor of Science in Business in Information Systems
Duc Tran, Kansas City, Kan., Bachelor of Science in Biology
Jonathon Tubbs, Kansas City, Kan., Bachelor of General Studies in English and Applied Behavioral Sciences minor
Anand Venugopal, Kansas City, Kan., Doctor of Medicine
Jared Vogel, Kansas City, Kan., Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering
Jill Wiehe, Kansas City, Kan., Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Mark Williams, Kansas City, Kan., Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training
Haji Williams, Kansas City, Kan., Master of Social Work
Justin Williams, Kansas City, Kan., Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Psychology minor
Matthew Woolley, Kansas City, Kan., Bachelor of Science in Business in Accounting
Ricky Yang, Kansas City, Kan., Bachelor of Fine Arts in Design
Nicholas Yu, Kansas City, Kan., Bachelor of Science in Clinical Laboratory Science.

Edwardsville’s annual festival kicks off tonight, continues Saturday

Festival to feature musician Casi Joy

by Mary Rupert

Edwardsville Days, a two-day event, will kick off at 5 p.m. tonight, and will feature musician Casi Joy, a country pop artist from Nashville, in concert tonight around 9 p.m.

Regina Utter, executive director of the Bonner Springs-Edwardsville Chamber of Commerce, said she believes this concert will be the highlight of Edwardsville Days, scheduled April 29 and 30. The events are free and open to the public.

Events will take place at Edwardsville City Park, at 1200 Blake St., she said. People can take K-32 to 9th Street in Edwardsville. There will be signs directing them to the city park, or they can just follow the smell of the barbecue, Utter added.

Joy, tonight’s featured performer, was named one of the top 20 up-and-coming artists from Nashville, Tenn., Utter said. Originally from Smithville on the Missouri side of the Kansas City region, Joy will perform in an outdoor concert, rain or shine, Utter said.

Those attending are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, she said. Festival organizers are hoping for good weather, but in the event of a storm there is a nearby shelter.

Local and regional musicians will play in the hours leading up to the 9 p.m. concert, she said. The Unholstered Outlaws and County Road Crossers are scheduled to start the performances around 7 p.m.

The family festival has free activities for youth, including bounce houses geared toward kids under 12, she said. There will also be food vendors and craft vendors at the event.

A beer garden is scheduled to be open from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday.

The mayor’s prayer breakfast, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club, is scheduled in conjunction with Edwardsville Days, and will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Edwardsville Elementary School. Tickets are $10 for the breakfast.

On Saturday, there will be mouse races at 11:15 a.m. benefitting Edwardsville Elementary School, and a parade that starts at 10 a.m., she said.

Also scheduled for Saturday afternoon is the Edwardsville Idol competition, modeled after the American Idol program, where anyone can sing karaoke-style, she said.

A sanctioned barbecue contest will conclude the Saturday activities, Utter said. Teams will compete and awards will be given at 3 p.m. Saturday.

Utter said there were a lot of volunteers working on Edwardsville Days, an annual event. It was formerly called Autumnfest and held in the fall, but about four years ago was moved to the spring. It is the 28th annual Edwardsville festival.

Funding for the annual festival comes from Edwardsville city, and the event host is the Bonner Springs-Edwardsville Chamber of Commerce.

Wrong-way driver wrecks at I-435 and Woodend

A driver going the wrong way on I-435 southbound at the ramp for Woodend in Edwardsville was injured at 10:35 p.m. Sunday, April 24, according to a Kansas Highway Patrol trooper’s report.

A 43-year-old Kansas City, Kan., man driving a Chevrolet Venture was going the wrong way on Woodend Road, left the roadway, crossed all lanes of I-435, and ended on the embankment to I-435 southbound, according to the trooper’s report.

The man was injured and taken to a hospital, the report stated. He was not wearing a seat belt.