The KSU Foundation Board of Trustees recently gave Jackie Hartman Borck and Lee Borck the Kansas State University Medal of Excellence awards.

The award recognizes people who have “advanced K-State through exceptional service, leadership and philanthropic contributions,” according to a press release.

Lee received his degree in agricultural economics from K-State in 1970. Jackie earned a bachelor’s degree in secondary education in 1980 and a master’s degree in family economics in 1983, both from K-State.

Both have served on the Alumni Association Board of Directors and Alumni Association Tradition Founders. They are lifetime members of the association and members of the K-State Athletics’ National Leadership Circle.

They have supported university programs as well, including the Beach Museum of Art, McCain Auditorium, K-State Libraries and the K-State Gardens.

Jackie served as the university’s chief of staff and director of community relations for nearly a decade. She also serves on several campus and community boards.

Lee served on the KSU Foundation Board of Directors and is past board chair. He currently serves on the Innovation and Inspiration Campaign steering committee, as well as several advisory councils.

Financially, they have established or contributed to the Lee and Jackie Borck Risk Management Director’s Excellence Endowment; the Amy Button Renz Alumni Association President’s Excellence Funds; the Barry Flinchbaugh Chair in Agricultural Economics, and three scholarships that support students universitywide.

“Lee and Jackie are dedicated K-Staters who define what it means to provide extraordinary service to Kansas State University as volunteers, mentors, philanthropic leaders and enthusiastic Wildcat fans,” K-State President Richard Myers said.

Boys State

Several local high school students were elected to leadership positions at the American Legion Boys State of Kansas Leadership Academy.

Boys State is a political exercise that simulates elections, political parties and government at the state, county and local levels. Participants form mock governments and campaign for positions at various levels.

Allen Zhang of Manhattan, of the Federalist Party, defeated Salina’s Gavin Jones of the Nationalist Party for the Secretary of State position.

Josh Brandt of Manhattan was elected mayor of the city of Finley in Kennedy County.

Kyle Kramer of Manhattan was elected mayor of Chastain in Eisenhower County.

Around 410 men from across Kansas, all going into senior year in the fall, participated in the event at the K-State campus from Sunday to Friday.

The program was founded in Illinois in 1953 and was first held in Kansas two years later in Wichita.

Donations, grants

The Manhattan-Ogden School Board accepted $43,505.84 in donations and grants at its meeting Wednesday.

Dick’s Sporting Goods gave $2,300 in football cleats to Eisenhower Middle School for the football program.

Northview Elementary PTA gave $1,969.92 to the elementary school for field trip transportation. The PTA also gave the school $1,364.67 for transportation for the Omaha Zoo field trip.

The Manhattan-Ogden Public School Foundation Kevin Coffey BPA Account gave $1,000 to Manhattan High School Business Professionals of America for travel expense. The foundation also gave Anthony Middle School $500 for Science Olympiad and MHS $2,500 for sound studio equipment.

Riley County Raising Riley donated $4,200 to Eugene Field Early Learning Center for behavior and mental health support personnel and to reimburse costs associated with extended childcare services.

DeHart Plumbing, Heating & Cooling donated $1,000 to the Fit Closet.

The Anthony Middle School Booster Club donated $2,298 to Anthony Middle School to purchase two water bottle filling stations/water fountains. The booster club also gave $4,256.34 for a projector in the cafeteria.

Theodore Roosevelt Elementary PTO gave the elementary school $1,367.63 for field trips.

Dillon Mack gave MHS $1,000 for the MHS baseball team for equipment and travel.

The MHS Booster Club gave $19,749.28 to MHS for purchases for softball, wrestling, boys golf, Spring Fling, cross country, girls tennis, the music department, boys basketball, baseball, athletic training and the fitness center.


This year, two Anthony Middle School students received awards for their volunteer services.

Neo Kim and Grace Williams each received the Certificate of Excellence from the President’s Volunteer Service Award.

The award is given through the Prudential Spirt of Community Awards program, in partnership with Prudential Financial and the National Association of Secondary School Principals. It recognizes middle- and high-school students across the country for outstanding volunteer service.

Kim volunteers for the Manhattan Public Library helping people of all ages read.

Williams volunteered at Via Christi Village in Manhattan visiting residents.

“I like to volunteer across the street because some residents don’t have family that live close or maybe much family at all, so I like seeing their faces light up because they have a visitor,” she said.

The school nominated both students.