TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - A new class of young professionals was singled out for honors.
The Jayhawk Area Council of Boy Scouts announced its 2014 "20 Under 40" honorees Tuesday. Volunteers spread out around town to personally deliver the news to the 20 professionals under the age of 40 who were selected.
WIBW-TV is proud to have two people among this year's class - marketing executive Brian Haug and 13 News This Morning and Midday in Kansas news anchor Chris Fisher.
The Jayhawk Area Council received more than 200 nominations and more than 100 applications this year. Honorees will be recognized at a banquet November 13 at the Ramada Hotel downtown.
2014 20 Under 40 Honorees:
Vince Avila, Westar Energy, Inc.
John Bell, Shawnee County Parks and Recreation
David Callanan, Advisors Excel
Chris Fisher, WIBW-TV
Aarion Gray, USD 345 Seaman - Logan Elementary
Adrian Guerrero, State of Kansas - State Board of Nursing
Brian Haug, WIBW-TV
Gena Hendrickson, Hamilton and Wilson Orthodontics
Amanda Kiefer, Federal Home Loan Bank of Topeka
Michelle McCormick, Office of the Kansas Attorney General
Candis Meerpohl, Kansas State Research and Extension-Shawnee County
Hattie Mitchell, Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation
Nathan Morris, Meridian Roofing Solutions, LLC.
Allison Nichols, Kansas Special Olympics
Jenalea Randall, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas (BCBSKS)
Buck Reuter, Westar Energy and the Topeka Police Reserves
Shanna Russell, Pine Ridge Prep- Topeka Public Schools
Nathan Schmidt, City of Topeka/KDOR
Christina Turner, Manchester School for Young Children
Andrew Wiechen, Architect One P.A.
“On behalf of the ‘20 Under 40’ Selection and Steering Committees and Jayhawk Area Council, thank you for the incredible response to the call for nominations for this year’s award. We are in awe of the talent and accomplishments of our young leaders in the Topeka community,” stated Nick Xidis, Vice President of Finance for the Jayhawk Area Council Board of Directors. “We are excited to recognize our Honorees through an event that provides financial support for the more than 6,000 youth involved in Scouting in the Jayhawk Area Council. This includes critical funds that help the Scouts of the Highland District participate in year-round programing and summer camp experiences. The Highland District serves Scouts who are the most at risk to not succeed due to economic and family situations. Through their scouting experience we aim instill the values of good conduct, respect for others, and honesty that are the foundation of tomorrow's leaders.”