Schumacher, Polifka file for city council seats

Two filings for city council elections in Ellis County were made this week.

Dustin Schumacher filed Thursday in the Ellis County Clerk’s office to run for re-election to the Victoria City Council. He has been on city council since 2015.

One other seat on the council and the mayor’s seat are up for election in Victoria.

Samuel Polifka filed Tuesday to run for one of three seats on the Ellis City Council.

The seats for mayor and city treasurer are also up for election in Ellis.

Candidate filings can be made at the Ellis County Clerk’s Office, 718 Main, by noon June 3. The filing fee is $20.


Ellis High School grads snag over $700,000 in scholarships

Ellis Senior High School will graduate 30 seniors at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Ellis High School Gymnasium.

The school’s seniors were awarded $707,624 in scholarships, including Logan Shaw, a $50,000 scholarship to the University of Nebraska at Kearney; August Sinclair, a $40,000 scholarship to Baker University; Cameryn Kinderknecht, two $20,000 scholarships to attend Fort Hays State University; and Megan Cranwell, a $26,000 Dane G. Hansen Scholarship to Fort Hays State University.


Kansas GameStops accepting all retailers' gift cards

Gaming retailer GameStop is offering consumers relief for unwanted gift cards from other retailers by exchanging them for cash, their favorite video game or a toy collectible.

The gaming destination said in a news release that Kansas has been selected as a test location for the gift card program, with plans to go nationwide with it later this year.

GameStop will accept gift cards for 600 brands, the most by any brick-and-mortar retailer, the company says, starting with a minimum $5 card value and maxing at $1,000.

Details include a standard 20 percent cash reduction from the credit value.

The retailer launched the program saying an estimated $8 billion to $10 billion dollars goes unspent every year in gift cards.


National Science Foundation awards scholarships to 12 FHSU students

Twelve science and math students at Fort Hays State University have been awarded the National Science Foundation’s Noyce Scholarship for the coming school year.

This scholarship supports high-achieving math and science students who want to become secondary or middle-level teachers after graduation. 

The scholarship is worth more than $13,000 a year and includes a stipend to attend state or regional conferences. 

Students also enroll in a seminar class to discuss teaching in rural schools, attend a weeklong field experience trip at a school in southwest Kansas, and are all members of the STEM-Ed Club at FHSU. 

FHSU is awarding six new students this scholarship, as well as six second-year students. Overall, FHSU will have awarded Noyce Scholarships to 38 students over the past seven years. 

“Our program so far has been very successful at identifying and nurturing promising young teachers to not only begin in the STEM teaching field, but also to stick with it through those first few tough years,” said Bill Weber, assistant professor of mathematics. All the FHSU recipients this time are majoring in secondary education, as well as a second major.

Students receiving it for the first time, and their major, are Seth Boxberger, Russell, sophomore, mathematics; Kole Clarke, Lyons, junior, biology; Nicholas Schmidt, Hays, senior, mathematics; Ethan Shippy, Hays, junior, biology; Cayla Steinert, Olmitz, junior, biology; and Judson Tillotson, Fort Scott, sophomore, mathematics.

Second-time recipients and their major, besides secondary education, are Alexis Meinert, Garden City, senior, mathematics; Diana Sabados, Brighton, Colo., senior, mathematics; Chantal Solorzano, Dodge City, junior, biology; Joshua Stark, Hays, junior, chemistry; Kathryn Westerhaus, Junction City, senior, biology; and Lauren Zerr, Russell Springs, senior, mathematics.


FHSU graduation set for Friday, May 17, and Saturday, May 18

For the third year in a row, more than 4,000 graduates will cross the stage during Fort Hays State University ‘s spring commencement ceremonies. To accommodate this large volume of graduates and their families, the university will again hold two ceremonies.

Each day’s events will start at 9 a.m. in Gross Memorial Coliseum, 600 Park St. Graduates from two colleges — the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences and the College of Health and Behavioral Sciences — will march on Friday.

Saturday’s ceremony is for graduates from three colleges: the College of Education; Peter Werth College of Science, Technology and Mathematics; and the W.R. and Yvonne Robbins College of Business and Entrepreneurship.

On both days, doors to the coliseum and Cunningham Hall open at 7 a.m. Graduates can pick up name cards, caps, gowns and tassels from 7 a.m. until 8:45 a.m. Lineup begins at 8:15 a.m. 

This year’s commencement exercises encompass 4,078 graduates from the summer and fall of 2018 and from spring 2019. The totals are 93 associate degrees; 3,115 bachelor’s degrees; 868 master’s and Education Specialist degrees; and two Doctor of Nursing Practice degrees. 

Both ceremonies are free and open to families of graduates and to all friends of the university. No tickets are required. All seats in Gross Memorial Coliseum are first-come, first-served and are normally filled one hour before the start of the ceremony.

Commencement will be broadcast live at

Parking lots adjacent to Gross Coliseum typically fill up quickly, but ample parking is available on the main campus. In the event of rain, unpaved lots near Gross Coliseum will be closed, making it necessary to park on the main campus.

Graduates and faculty will be seated on the main floor of Gross Coliseum. 

Seating arrangements for the disabled are available on the main floor on either side in front of the stage. Drivers will find Gates 2 and 3, at the northwest and southwest corners, most convenient for dropping off passengers with disabilities. There are no reservations for this area. One person, if necessary, will be allowed to accompany an individual in this seating area. 

An interpreter for people who are hearing impaired will be near Section C. 

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