PITTSBURG — The University of Kansas is celebrating the work of students in Crawford County Monday.

The University of Kansas Alumni Association and KU Endowment are hosting a dinner for 75 high school seniors from Crawford and Cherokee counties.

The students will be recognized for their academic achievements and as Kansas Honor Scholars at the 6:30 p.m. dinner at Memorial Auditorium.

“The dinner will recognize students who were in the top 10 percent of their class,” Crawford and Cherokee County Coordinator Karen Odgers said.

The program has been in place since 1971 and honored 125,000 students.

At the dinner, students will be presented with a Webster’s New College Dictionary, and will hear a presentation from KU Director of Administration, and Pittsburg High School graduate, Lisa Pinamonti Kress.

Odgers said any local KU alumni are welcome to attend the dinner or support the event through donations. All meals for students are provided by alumni donations.

The class of 2017 honorees from Crawford County are:

Frontenac High School

Kasey Dixon - Pittsburg Lauren Eagon - Asbury Alexandra Heckadon - Frontenac Brandon Mlekus - Frontenac Maggie Murray - Frontenac Bralyn Wilson - Frontenac Kieran Wilson - Frontenac

Girard High School

Kaden Belcher - Girard Kendall Belcher - Girard Heidi Burns - Girard Ethan Doherty - Girard Caylee Egbert - McCune Sydney Gottlob - Girard Layne Karhoff - Girard Cailie Logue - Erie Eric Wilson - Girard Northeast High School Kelsea Choate - Mulberry Lindsey Fox - Arma Montana Parcel - Pittsburg Ashley Watson - Arma

Pittsburg High School

Karla Arana-Vasquez - Pittsburg Justin Blythe - Pittsburg Morgan Burns - Pittsburg Kayla Clark - Pittsburg Annette Cortes - Pittsburg Kristen Geiger - Pittsburg Isaiah Harris - Pittsburg Trevin Jameson - Pittsburg Conner Lehman - Pittsburg Logan Lord - Pittsburg Karis Mengarelli - Pittsburg Taylor Muff - Pittsburg Megan Munger - Pittsburg Mackenzie O’Dell - Pittsburg Andrew Ortolani - Pittsburg Trina Paul - Pittsburg Caleb Poenitske - Pittsburg Corbin Russell - Pittsburg Zachary Uttley - Pittsburg Coral VanBecelaere - Pittsburg

Southeast High School

Shi Ann Crumpacker - Cherokee Stephanie Dye - Cherokee Morgan Leeper - Columbus Madison Westervelt - Cherokee

St. Mary’s Colgan High School

Allie Evans - Columbus Austin Lindsey - Pittsburg Emily Paterni - Pittsburg Dominic Piccini - Pittsburg

— Chance Hoener is a staff writer for the Morning Sun. He can be emailed at choener@morningsun.net or follow him on Twitter @ReporterChance.