College News LogoBarton Announces 2008-09 Student Ambassadors of the Year

For more information, contact Todd Moore, 620-792-9241.

May 15, 2009
Prepared by: Linda Jerke

Barton Community College honored its 2008-09 Brant J. Ballhorst Student Ambassadors of the Year at a special luncheon on May 14. Named in memory of Barton graduate Brant J. Ballhorst, the award this year recognizes two outstanding Student Ambassadors, Danielle Reisner, Hoisington, and Jared Marcuson, Oberlin.

Barton continues to honor Ballhorst’s achievements, character, personality and work ethic by awarding Ambassadors of the Year in his memory. A permanent plaque dedicated in his honor is displayed in the corridor of the Kirkman Activity Center on the Barton campus. Ballhorst’s parents, John and Gayle Ballhorst, Smith Center, were present for the luncheon presentation.

The Student Ambassadors of the Year are chosen by their peers and Barton’s Admissions staff. The students selected for this award consistently show their dedication to promoting Barton, both on and off campus. They demonstrate their personal character and values every day as they interact with prospective students, their families, the Admissions staff and college personnel; are goal-oriented and dependable; show a cheerful attitude regardless of weather or assigned task; are active in on-campus organizations and activities representing Barton; and interact positively with all types of people in all types of situations.

Reisner, a 2009 Barton graduate, participated in forensics in addition to serving as a Student Ambassador. She was named one of two 2009 Outstanding Graduates, who gave the keynote addresses at Barton’s commencement. A biology major, she plans to continue her education at the University of Kansas. She is the daughter of Doug and Karla Reisner, Hoisington.

Marcuson, a freshman at Barton, is a member of the Barton Hilltop Singers, Collegiate Farm Bureau, Student Government and Student Ambassadors. He will continue his education at Barton next fall pursuing a degree in political science. He is the son of Brad and Elaine Marcuson, Oberlin.

The Admissions Office also honored Marcie Latham, Wakefield, as recipient of this year’s Rock Award, which is presented to a Student Ambassador who goes above and beyond the call of duty in assisting the Admissions Office. A native of Milton, W. Va., she plans to continue her education at Emporia State University as an art therapy major. She is the daughter of Steve and Teresa Latham, Wakefield.

From Smith Center, Ballhorst was a 2002 Barton graduate and former Student Ambassador. Despite health concerns throughout his time at Barton, he was the model ambassador. He balanced a challenging course schedule and golf team commitment while remaining dedicated to his role as Student Ambassador.

“Ballhorst was a respected peer and cherished friend of many on campus, especially the Admissions Office,” said Barton’s Director of Admissions and Promotions Todd Moore. “His determination and dedication touched the lives of the people he met.”

Graduating from Barton with a degree in pre-pharmacy, Ballhorst was accepted into and attended the School of Pharmacy at the University of Kansas. He was a student at KU until his death on Aug. 5, 2004.

“He always had a good attitude about his illness and joked that it was good education for his major,” Moore said.

He was the grandson of Floyd and Marie Rogers and the late Newt Ballhorst, all of Great Bend, Berta Riegel and the late William H. Riegel, Eaton, Colo., formerly of Great Bend.

Ambassadors of the Year 2009

Left to right, Danielle Reisner, Hoisington, and Jared Marcuson, Oberlin, were named May 14 as Barton Community College’s Student Ambassadors of the Year, and Marcie Latham, Wakefield, received the Rock Award for her work as a Student Ambassador in Barton’s Admissions Office.

PHOTO: Linda Jerke

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