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Cole Birky Named Governor's Scholar

Cole Birky
Cole Birky

Cole Birky of Russell High School has been recognized by Kansas Governor Laura Kelly as a 2021 Kansas Governor's Scholar.

Typically, students receiving this recognition are invited by the Governor to an awards program held in Topeka. But due to continuing public health precautions, the 2021 Governor's Scholars are being recognized via an on-demand virtual program, which can be found at Students have also received a congratulatory letter from Governor Kelly and a certificate marking this distinguished accomplishment.

This award recognizes and honors the top academic one percent of Kansas high school seniors. Scholars are selected from accredited public and private schools in the state.

"These high school seniors have shown dedication in their studies and a commitment to learning. They've earned this honor, and I want to congratulate them on this achievement," Governor Kelly said. "We also should recognize their families, teachers and mentors for helping these outstanding students achieve their academic goals."

This program is coordinated for the Governor by the Confidence in Kansas Public Education Task Force. It is funded by donations from private sector businesses in Kansas. The Confidence in Kansas Public Education Task Force was formed 38 years ago to strengthen public confidence in education. The following organizations are members of the Task Force: American Association of University Women, Kansas State Board of Education, Kansas Association of School Boards, Kansas Congress of Parents and Teachers, Kansas State Department of Education, Kansas State High School Activities Association, Kansas National Education Association, Kansas League of Women Voters and United School Administrators of Kansas.

Jonah Huehl of Sylvan-Lucas Unified High School, Kinley Windholz of Victoria High School and Carley Chrisler of Natoma High School were also named Governor's Scholars.

(Information and photo courtesy Jon Birky and the Office of the Governor.)