Kansas Sampler announces latest ‘8 Wonders’ contest winners

The Kansas Sampler Foundation is a great organization focusing on promoting Kansas, specifically rural Kansas.

It is based in Inman, Kan., and I know the two who run the outfit. They are great people.

They’ve recently been holding contest naming the “8 Wonders” of various categories outside of the overall “8 Wonders of Kansas,” such as architecture, art, commerce, cuisine, customs, geography and history.

The latest in this series of contests is complete, and it was about Kansas people.

Here are the “8 Wonders of Kansas People” winners:

  • Amelia Earhart, Atchison
  • Buffalo Soldiers, Fort Leavenworth
  • Carry A. Nation, Medicine Lodge, Kiowa
  • Emil J. Kapaun, Pilsen
  • George Washington Carver, Minneapolis, Beeler
  • James Naismith, Lawrence
  • Martin & Osa Johnson, Chanute
  • William Allen White, Emporia

Obviously my favorite person in the group is William Allen White because he is a fellow journalist, but all of the people are very worthy of the honor.

To learn more about the contest and what it took to even be nominated for the various categories, visit the Kansas Sampler’s website at www.kansassampler.org.

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Todd R. Vogts, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of media at Sterling College in Kansas. Previously, he taught yearbook, newspaper, newsmagazine, and online journalism in various Kansas high schools, and he ran a weekly newspaper in rural Kansas. He continues to freelance as a professional journalist from time to time. Also, Vogts is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), the Journalism Education Association (JEA), and the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), among others. He earned his Master Journalism Educator (MJE) certification from JEA in 2022. When he’s not teaching or writing, he runs his mobile disk jockey service and takes part in other entrepreneurial ventures. He can be reached at twitter.com/toddvogts or via his website at www.toddvogts.com.