Pitt State chooses students for Honors College 

Pittsburg State University has announced selections to the Honors College, which has a mission of providing a more meaningful and rigorous educational experience for high-achieving students.   

It was not an easy decision, said Honors College Interim Director Heather Eckstein.   

Through a two-tier selection process, which includes both a paper application review and an on-campus interview, the selection committee narrows the pool down to the top 30 student scholars, each of whom are offered positions in the program.  

Those students are expected to continue to excel academically once enrolled at PSU, and to become involved in student clubs and organizations and assume leadership roles across campus.     

Honors College students receive scholarships and enroll in intellectually stimulating general education courses as freshmen and sophomores. As juniors and seniors, they become integrated into the Academic Honors program. Students of all levels are encouraged to participate in research, research presentation, and study abroad experiences.  

Selections for Fall 2023 are: 


Rayce Baker, Parsons, Fine Arts 
Avery Blubaugh, Mill Valley, Exercise Science 
Samantha Brutchin, Girard, Psychology 
Tate Campbell, Pittsburg, Music Education 
Lauren Dickinson, St. Thomas Aquinas, Biology 
Kellie Dowling, Girard, Music Education 
Cody Ediger, Columbus, Chemistry 
Landry George, Pleasanton, Exercise Science 
Spencer Jagels, Girard, Plastics Engineering Technology 
Sydney Kannarr, St. Mary's Colgan, Biology 
Brody Kannarr, St. Mary's Colgan, Biology 
Karly Kill, West Elk, Construction Engineering Technology 
Eli Koger, Parsons, Mechanical Engineering Technologies 
Allison Krafft, Louisburg, Elementary Education 
Darrel McLeod, Girard, Communication 
Parker Neely, Columbus, Polymer Chemistry 
Meg Norman, St. Mary's Colgan, Field Biology/ Ecology 
Taylor Phalen, Basehor-Linwood, Exercise Science 
Maggie Salsbury, Maize, Biology or Plastics Engineering Technology 
Jonah Sandford, Girard, Marketing 
Jason Tarbox, Pittsburg, Psychology 
Anna Westhoff, St. Mary's Colgan, Secondary Education - English Emphasis 
Ellison Whitlow, Augusta Senior, Undecided 
Samantha Winzer, Pittsburg, Mathematics 


Jeana Compton, Joplin, Secondary Education 
Wyatt Hensley, Joplin, History Education 
Jayline Johnson, College Heights Christian, Graphic Communications: Graphic Design 
Owen Numata, Carl Junction, Mechanical Engineering Technologies 
Hali Shorter, Carl Junction, Nursing 


Aastha Gandhi, Nursing