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  • Writer's pictureRoger Sims, Journal Staff

Top PHS students awarded full-ride Ray Scholarships

Updated: Mar 28, 2023

Pleasanton High School seniors Landry George, left, and Kara Umphenour were awarded the Ray Scholarship. (Screen capture/Pleasanton Schools Facebook)

Pleasanton High School seniors Landry George and Kara Umphenour have been named this year’s recipients of the Ray Scholarship. The scholarship is one of the most prestigious available to PHS students.

Umphenour and George were honored earlier this month during a ceremony as being two of the three students in the top 10 percent of the PHS Class of 2023.

The Pleasanton USD 344 Board of Education announced the decision at its meeting on Monday, March 6.

The scholarship, named for former Pleasanton residents Don and Betty Ray, provides a full-ride scholarship – including tuition, books, room and board – until the student graduates from college. This is the fourth year the scholarship has been awarded from the fund that was initially set up with about $4 million from the Rays’ estate.

Umphenour plans to study nursing at Emporia State University in the fall. She said she was impressed with the nursing program available at the university.

“I’m very grateful, very lucky,” Umphenour said as she was preparing to help young students at Family Art Night on Tuesday. “All that hard work paid off.”

George is set to attend Pittsburg State University this fall. She plans to begin a pre-med course of study with the goal of becoming a dermatologist, according to PHS Principal Sara Conley.

Both George and Umphenour have been been very involved in extracurricular activities, including volleyball and basketball. And both are well respected by fellow students as well. George was voted homecoming queen and Umphenour was selected courtwarming queen this school year.

In an earlier version of this story, Kara Umphenour's name was misspelled. We regret the error.

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