Marcelo Neufeld and Emma Mangels have been chosen as Garden City Community College student ambassadors for the 2018-2019 school year.
Twelve students were nominated from various area schools. Students attended a dinner on April 16 and were interviewed by a panel selected from the GCCC Endowment association. After careful consideration, two nominees were selected to serve.
Neufeld will graduate from South Gray High School in Montezuma this May. Neufeld was a Kansas Honor Scholar, Student Council Vice President, played basketball and football and was on the All Academic First Team in basketball 2016 and 2107. He is a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, journalism and band. Neufeld also works with Max Jantz Excavating in the summers and has worked as a hired man in a landscaping and lawn mowing business.
Neufeld shares that as a young man he wanted to go to school and take advantage of every opportunity he had. His parents grew up in Mexico and did not have the opportunity for education. His parents did not want Marcelo to grow up the way they did and encouraged him to pursue goals.
Neufeld said that he is very thankful for the opportunities he has had in education and in sports. Neufeld holds a 4.0 GPA and has already taken college courses while in high school. Neufeld will be the first person in his family to attend college, and his goal is to graduate with no debt. He chose Garden City Community College because of the affordably and wants to graduate debt-free.
After GCCC, Neufeld plans to further his education at Pittsburg State University to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Construction Science and Management.
Emma Mangels of Holcomb High School holds a 4.0 GPA and is the top of her class at Holcomb High School. She has worked at the Holcomb Recreation Commission as a lifeguard and volunteers extensively in the community. She has volunteered with Miles of Smiles, rodeo cleanup, city wide cleanup, Friends on the Farm, pedal tractor pull, Christmas Families, Stockings for Soldiers, Toys for Humane Society, Treat Street and Big Brothers and Sisters.
Mangels is a Kansas Honors Scholar, a varsity volleyball letterman, and National Honors Society member. Mangels enjoys riding horses, showing livestock, working, and spending time with friends and family. Mangels plans to transfer to a university to pursue a bachelor’s degree after she begins her journey at Garden City Community College.