Barton Community College honors Outstanding Graduates at commencement

Outstanding graduates awarded

May 16, 2014
Story by Joe Vinduska
Photos by Brandon Steinert

Holland Mosier of Great Bend and Jordan Klima of Hoisington were named Barton Community College’s 2014 Outstanding Graduates. Dean of Student Services Angie Maddy introduced them and presented their awards, after which they took the opportunity to address their fellow graduates during the college’s 44th commencement ceremony Friday.

Mosier is the daughter of Tamara and Robert Mosier. During her Barton career, she participated in choir, Student Ambassadors, Hilltop Singers and the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) National Honor Society and was the PTK President this year. She will participate in the Disney College Program and will later transfer to Wichita State University where she will pursue a bachelor’s degree in business.

Mosier urged her classmates to create a future motivated by what they are passionate about.

“I challenge you as you move on from Barton and on to the next chapter of your college or professional career to do what makes you happy and what makes you a better person; not what others expect,” she said. “Forget society’s idea of success and find what inspires you and pursue it.”

Outstanding Graduate Jordan Klima addresses his fellow classmates Friday during Barton’s 44th commencement ceremony.
Above: Outstanding Graduate Jordan Klima addresses his fellow classmates Friday during Barton’s 44th commencement ceremony.

Klima is the son of Rhonda and Dennis Klima.  While at Barton, he has competed for the Barton Forensics Team, served as a board member for the Community Service Student Organization and was the Vice President for PTK. He is employed at Sunflower Bank in Great Bend and will transfer to Fort Hays State University where he will pursue a bachelor’s degree in finance. His career goals include working in the banking industry and eventually becoming a Chief Financial Officer.

Klima shared encouraging words with his classmates.

“There is not a community college out there that cares more about their students than Barton,” he said. “Life is too short to be unhappy. Cut out your negative influences and be that positive influence on others’ lives. Be that person to drive the people around YOU to be better people, just as this college has Driven us to take on the world with full confidence.”