April 4, 2008
Baldwin City, Kan. – Baker University has named five high school seniors as recipients of the Harter Scholarship, the university’s most prestigious academic scholarship.
Louise Cummings-Simmons, vice president for enrollment management and financial aid, announced that Harter Scholarships had been awarded to Sierra Ronhovde, Elmwood, Neb., Betsy Siess, Topeka, Kan.; Connor Hartpence, Eudora, Kan.; Peter Weinert, Winfield, Kan.; and Jessica Manthei, Colorado Springs, Colo.
“All five of our Harter Scholars are very engaged in their communities and schools,” Cummings-Simmons said. “They are outstanding students who were among 55 students competing for the scholarships.”
As Harter Scholars, the students will receive full tuition for four years at Baker and will have the opportunity to spend a semester of study abroad at Harlaxton College in England.
Cummings-Simmons said the Harter recipients had an average grade-point average of 3.9 and an average ACT score of 32. All five are ranked in the top percentage of their graduating classes.
To be considered for the Harter, students must meet two of the following guidelines, a GPA of at least 3.85, an ACT score of 30 or higher, or a ranking in the top 5 percent of their graduating class. To retain the scholarship, winners must maintain a 3.5 cumulative GPA, plus earn a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester.
Following is a brief look at the five scholarship recipients:
Sierra Ronhovde serves as the class president at Elmwood-Murdock High School. She also is the Future Business Leaders of America reporter and a member of the FCA leadership team. Ronhovde played varsity volleyball for four years and was the varsity basketball captain for four years. Active in her church, she plays guitar for her church’s youth services. She will pursue a degree in pre-medicine at Baker. Her parents are Jim and Grace Ronhovde.
Betsy Siess is the National Honor Society president and member of the Renaissance Club at Shawnee Heights School. A Governor’s Scholar, she has played the violin for four years in high school. Siess serves as the Youth Council secretary for her church’s youth group. She plans on pursuing an education degree while at Baker. Her parents are Virgil and Jacquline Siess.
Connor Hartpence serves as the Student Council president, International Club president and National Honor Society vice president at Eudora High School. He has played soccer for four years at Eudora and was the team captain for one season. Hartpence also plays the guitar for his church’s worship band. His parents are Doug Hartpence and Vicki Johnson and attends Eudora High School
Peter Weinert, a senior at Winfield High School, has served as editor-in-chief of the school newspaper and as marching band drum major. He is the lead trombonist and section leader in Symphonic Band, Jazz Band, Pep Band, Kansas State Lions Band, Southwestern College Concert Band and Regional Big Band. Other honors include Kansas Honors Scholar, Principals Honor Roll and recognition in music, debate, forensics and scholars bowl. He is active with the youth group and worship team at his church. His parents are Lyle and Sara Weinert.
Jessica Manthei, an active member of the National Honor Society, is involved in many activities at Coronado High, including math club, National Ocean Science Bowl, Science Olympiad, choir and student teaching. She has been active in cross country, golf, a musical, and stage management. She is a member of El Pomar Youth in Community Service, which is a nonprofit youth community service organization, and has been on church mission trips to Mexico and the Ukraine. She is the daughter of Mike and Suzanne Manthei.