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Two students chosen as KSU ambassadors

By The Mercury

Two students have been chosen to represent Kansas State University as the 2014 Student Ambassadors.

Chance Berndt, junior in marketing and international studies, Herington, and Ava Clark, junior in industrial engineering, Overland Park, were announced as the ambassadors Oct. 26 during halftime at K-State’s Homecoming football game against West Virginia.

Established by the K-State Alumni Association in 1977, the student ambassador program elects one male and one female student each year to represent the student body at association events throughout the state and at university activities.

Berndt and Clark will visit with prospective students and alumni; attend Student Alumni Board meetings and activities; assist with programming on campus such as class reunions, All- University Homecoming Committee and other special events; and assist the president’s office as needed. From a group of six semifinalists, Berndt and Clark were elected by a student vote during Homecoming Week. The ambassadors serve a one-year term, and each receives a $1,500 scholarship, clothing from Manhattan clothing store Borck Bros. and an official K-State ring from the alumni association.

“Being named ambassador means that I have the wonderful opportunity to show alumni and prospective students why I fell in love with this university, and why they should, too,” Berndt said. “In my mind, there isn’t a bigger honor at this university than being able to bring others into the K-State family. I’m incredibly grateful for my selection and excited for the year to come.”

Clark added, “Being named student ambassador is an incredible honor. It’s an outlet for my passion about my school and an exciting opportunity to tell prospective students about what a great place K-State is.”

Typically, ambassador candidates excel academically and are extensively involved in volunteer and philanthropic activities. Berndt and Clark are no exception.

Berndt is director of Executive Initiatives Intern for the Student Governing Association, a Wildcat Warm-Up counselor, a School of Leadership Studies peer instructor and a member of Student Alumni Board.

A 2011 graduate of Herington High School, Berndt is the son of Phil and Stacey Berndt, Herington.

Clark is director of public relations for Student Governing Association, Women in Engineering coordinator for the College of Engineering, and a member of Engineers Without Borders and Student Alumni Board.

A 2012 graduate of Shawnee Mission West High School, Clark is the daughter of Patrick Clark, Overland Park, and Cheryl Clark, Overland Park.

“Chance and Ava will be great additions to the alumni association’s student ambassador program,” said Gavin Hargrave, associate director of alumni programs and adviser to the ambassadors.

“I believe they will be outstanding representatives of the K-State student body in the upcoming year.”                                                                           

For more information on the Student Ambassador program, visit or call the K-State Alumni Association at 800-600-ALUM (2586).

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