To the Editor: We of the Flint Hills Tea Party Educational Fund extend our sincere thanks to the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) for another job well done Saturday and Sunday, March 1-2. It may have been just another workday for these road , but for us it was a very special day.
Our Educational Fund team works all year to raise money for scholarships for Kansas high school students. Our work culminates in the statewide “YES for Liberty” Constitution Bee the first Sunday in March.
Our finalists represented every corner of Kansas, from Lawrence to Lost Springs, Great Bend, St. George, Russell and Wichita among others. We held our collective breath as word of the storm reached us. Would the students be able to drive to Manhattan?
Our concerns were unfounded; the roads were passable across the state, thanks to KDOT and county and local road crews.
Our top three winners were Chandler Huddleston a junior from Rolla High School ($3,500); Jacob Nicolet, a junior from Burlington High School ($1,500) and Kasey Holle, a senior from Wamego High School ($750). These scholarships might not have been awarded if the Constitution Bee had been canceled. Everyone had a wonderful time. Participants started home knowing that the roads would be passable because KDOT crews had been out all day all over Kansas. Thanks for a job well done!