The 2012 graduating class from Barton Community College included many student-athletes receiving academic honors. In various ceremonies throughout yesterday as Barton recognized student achievements, twenty-two students associated with Barton Athletics received honors including outstanding graduates, student ambassador of the year, and high academic achievements. Highlighting the list of honorees were Devan Boeger and Anna Voss, who both received Outstanding Graduate honors, Boeger and Deedra Richards for their Kansas All-Academic Honors, and Karisa Kaiser who received one of two Student Ambassador of the Year awards. In addition to the individual honors, the Barton Athletic department expects to receive additional team academic honors to be released later this spring.
“I couldn’t be more proud of our student-athletes especially Devan Boeger and Anna Voss,” said Barton Athletic Director Trevor Rolfs. “Often times athletes are unfairly criticized for lack of academic achievement. The accomplishments of Devan and Anna, Deedra (Richard), and Karisa (Kaiser) are just small examples of the many across Barton proving the word “student’ in student-athlete really means something. These young ladies exemplify what Barton Athletics strive to be!”
Boeger leaves a legacy in her two years at Barton for her on- and off-the court accomplishments. On the basketball court she was known as one of the most dedicated and hard-working athletes to ever wear a Cougar uniform. In a voting of Barton coaches and staff, Boeger recently received the Most Inspirational Athlete of the Year Award at its annual banquet which was held May 1st at the Highland Hotel Convention Center in Great Bend.
Off the court Boeger received every academic and achievement honor she was eligible for. Boeger was chosen along with Anna Voss as Barton’s Outstanding Graduates this year, which is an honor Barton bestows on two individuals after being nominated and selected by a committee of faculty, staff, and community members. With her involvement in the national honor society Phi Theta Kappa, Boeger was selected, along with student-athlete Deedra Richard, as one of four Barton representatives on the PTK Kansas All-Academic Team. Additionally, with her PTK honor, Boeger received both the Leaders of Promise scholarship and the Coca-Cola Bronze Scholar Award which is a prestigious national honor recognizing only the top 0.1 percent of the 125,000 members of Phi Theta Kappa. Serving as a peer tutor, lifeguard at the Barton pool, President of the student-driven Community Service Organization, PTK Community Service Co-Chair, PTK Communications Co-Chair, and involvement as a Big Sister in Big Brothers/Big Sisters organization, Boeger’s accomplishments and achievements stretched beyond Barton into neighboring communities. The daughter of Kathy and Chris Boeger, the Great Bend native will take her talents to Emporia State University next year majoring in Math Education.
Voss, who played catcher for the Barton softball team, received the 2012 Barton Outstanding graduate award along with Devan Boeger. A Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society student, Voss’ accomplishments extend beyond her on the field contributions. As editor of the school newspaper Interrobang, Voss led the student-driven bi-weekly newspaper to a first-place award in the American Scholastic Press Association contest, the only community college to receive the award. The daughter of Annette and Kirk Voss and native of Hays, KS, Voss plans to continue her education at Fort Hays State University majoring in Journalism.
A member of the Barton women’s soccer team, Richard joined fellow student-athlete Devan Boeger as a member of the Phi Theta Kappa All-Kansas Academic Team. Richard served as the Phi Theta Kappa Co-President, worked six days a week at Hoisington’s First Kansas Bank, and volunteers at the Sterling House, an assisted living option in Wichita, KS. The Goddard, KS, native is the daughter of Denise and Dave Richard and plans to attend Kansas State University majoring in elementary education.
The daughter of Mike and Dannah Kaiser of Hoisington, KS, Kaiser was recently awarded the prestigious Brant J. Ballhorst Student Ambassador of the Year award. Selected for her service and dedication to Barton and in particular her role as a student ambassador for the Admissions Office, Kaiser was also Co-President of Barton’s Phi Theta Kappa chapter, and member of the Barton tennis team, Community Service Organization, and Campus Christian Fellowship. Majoring in elementary education, Kaiser plans to attend Fort Hays State University next fall.
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