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Barton Community College recognizes Outstanding Graduates

three students standing in a gym
(from left) Barton’s 2023 Outstanding graduates Keeley Wolf, Ashton Ensley, and Kayden Smith pose for a photo before the commencement ceremony Friday night in the Barton Gymnasium.

May 12, 2023
Story and photos by Joe Vinduska

Ashton Ensley of Great Bend, Kayden Smith of Topeka, and Keeley Wolf of Hoisington were named Barton Community College’s 2023 Outstanding Graduates. Vice President of Student Services Angie Maddy recognized them as part of Barton’s commencement on Friday.

Ensley completed his associate in science degree.  He is the son of Trae Ensley of Great Bend and Dawn Richardson of Lawrence. Ensley was a member of the Barton eSports team and holds a piece of three NJCAAE national championships because of his career with Barton. He is one of the only three-time Academic All-Americans in NJCAAE history. In addition to his eSports success, he was a member of the Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society at Barton as well. 

Smith completed her associate in arts degree. She is the daughter of Courtney and Kye Smith of Topeka. During her Barton career, Kayden was a member of the softball team, participated in Christian Challenge, and served on the leadership board for Community Student Organization/SPARK. She will transfer to Emporia State University and continue her education in the field of criminal justice.  Her long-term educational and career plans are to complete a master’s degree and eventually work for the Federal Bureau of Investigation. 

Wolf completed her associate in science degree.  She is the daughter of Jamie Wolf of Great Bend and the late Shane Wolf.  During her Barton career, she was a member of the 2023 Region VI Champion women’s basketball team and participated in the STEM Buddies Program. She will continue her education at Fort Hays State University and work toward her bachelor’s degree in elementary education. Her future career goals include becoming a kindergarten teacher and a basketball coach.

For more information, contact Maddy at or (620) 792-9226.