It’s always great when I get to visit with our recent graduates of Liberal High School and Southwestern Heights. This week Fort Hays State was represented at the Capitol by LHS graduate and former SCCC/ATS student Lizette Avalos. Lizette is majoring in Leadership and Communication Studies. She is also the Community Relations Director for the Student Government Association. Another Fort Hays Tiger MaKayla McPhail was also at the Capitol; she was representing Wichita State University where she is pursuing a Doctorate Degree in Physical Therapy. I hope she returns to Liberal after graduation to practice. We have a shortage of rural health practitioners in Southwest Kansas and it’s great when our youth return home after college.
Shannon Francis with Lizette Avalos & MaKayla McPhail
I met Mirta Martin, the President of Fort Hays University, at the Capitol Wednesday. President Martin is a Cuban refugee and “uses her interpersonal and cultural expertise to work diligently to promote access to affordable educational opportunities.” President Martin and Lizette Avalos are impressive examples of the spirit and drive of Latinos in Kansas.