Pack graduates from basic training

Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Joshua R. Pack graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.
The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.
Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.
Pack earned distinction as an honor graduate.
He is the son of Debbie and John Pack of Kansas City, Kan.
The airman is a 2008 graduate of Schlagle High School.

Kansas City doesn’t make the cut for Republican convention

Kansas City won’t be a finalist to serve as host of the 2016 Republican National Convention, according to an announcement today.

Cleveland and Dallas were selected as finalists. Denver and Kansas City did not advance to the finalist stage, according to the announcement today from the RNC’s Site Selection Committee.

A spokesman said the committee’s decision was based on a thorough review of bids, presentations and visits to each of the cities.

This statement was issued by RNC site committee chairwoman Enid Mickelsen:

“After extensive review the site selection committee has chosen Cleveland and Dallas as finalists for the 2016 convention. Cleveland and Dallas demonstrated their ability to host a phenomenal convention in 2016, and the RNC is excited about the prospect of hosting our convention in either of these great cities. After visiting both cities, I can say to my fellow Republicans that we should be excited for the 2016 convention. These world class cities know how to roll out the welcome mat, and more importantly they have the ability to provide our next presidential nominee a launching pad that will put a Republican in the White House in 2016.

“The committee extends our sincere thanks and gratitude to Denver and Kansas City for their hard work and dedication to this effort. Both teams should be proud of their work. They were great ambassadors for their cities, and we felt fortunate to visit and get to know them. This was a tough decision for our committee because all four of these cities made excellent bids.

“As we move closer to choosing a host for our convention, I’m more confident than ever that we’ll have an outstanding partner to showcase our Party and our Republican nominee in 2016.”

Two Wyandotte County students inducted into Phi Beta Kappa

Two Wyandotte County students were inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa honor society at Kansas State University, Manhattan, recently.

They are Khiana Harris, junior in psychology and anthropology, Kansas City; Kan.; and Xavier Capalla, junior in biology and Spanish, Bonner Springs.

To be eligible for membership to the honor society, a student must be a junior or senior with a grade point average of at least 3.7; students with GPAs of 3.6 to 3.7 may be considered if the level and depth of their course work indicates an unusually distinguished record. In addition, students also must be candidates for a bachelor’s degree in the university’s College of Arts and Sciences or have at least 90 hours or three-fourths of their total course work from departments in the college. Students also must have taken a required number and level of courses in a foreign language, mathematics, humanities, social sciences and natural sciences.