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Cross Honored on House Floor

Cross House 3On Tuesday, February 24, Melinda Cross of Russell was honored and congratulated by the Kansas House of Representatives for her recognition by the Kansas State High School Activities Association for being named the 2014-2015 Dr. Earl Reum Kansas Advisor of the Year.

Representative Troy L. Waymaster of Bunker Hill invited Cross to the House of Representatives and recognized her accomplishment on the House Floor. In his comments, he said, "We are blessed with an educator who was compelled to not only teach us in the classroom, but also to develop our leadership skills and guide us as a devoted advisor in student government."

His comments continued, "I want to recognize that educator who was so instrumental in my own personal leadership development, Melinda Cross, and the honor that she recently received."

Representative Sue Boldra of Hays also stood with Representative Waymaster to recognize Cross' accomplishment.

Melinda Cross has been a foreign language teacher and Student Council Advisor at Hays High School for 15 years, and before that she was an English and Spanish teacher and the Student Council Advisor at Russell High School.

Those also in attendance to honor Cross in the chamber of the Kansas House of Representatives were: Jim Cross, husband, Jackson Cross, grandson, daughters Andrea Cross and Sarah Frost, and son in law, Michael Frost. Also on the House floor were Lisa Renz, Co-Sponsor of Hays High School Student Council, and members of the executive committee of the Hays High School Student Council: Amber Klaus, Elissa Jensen, Jake Thorell, Sydney Vahling and Allyson Flax. Gary Musselman, Executive Director of KSHSAA and David Cherry, Assistant Executive Director of KSHSAA, were also in attendance.

Representative Waymaster represents the 109th Kansas House District, which includes the city of Russell, and Representative Boldra represents the 111th Kansas House District, which includes the city of Hays. Both have served in the Kansas House of Representatives since 2013.

(Photos courtesy of Representative Troy L. Waymaster.)

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