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Northeast Magnet and East High seniors named Koch Scholars

Northeast Magnet and East High seniors named Koch Scholars

Peter Porcaro and Alexander Mandanis Northeast Magnet senior Peter Porcaro and East High senior Alexander Mandanis have been named Koch Scholars by the Wichita State University Dorothy and Bill Cohen Honors College. They are two of eight recipients selected and will each be awarded $30,000 during their four-year attendance at WSU.

This competitive scholarship program is open to high school seniors enrolling in the College of Engineering or the W. Frank Barton School of Business. All Koch Scholars are also members of the Cohen Honors College and participate in community service and professional development activities throughout the year. Scholarship selection is based on high academic achievement, work, volunteer and leadership experiences, an essay, and an interview process.

Porcaro is the commander of the Wichita JROTC Corps of Cadets and was the recipient of the Legion of Valor Bronze Cross for Achievement, an award annually presented to four JROTC cadets nationwide. He is also a member of the National Honor Society and enjoys volunteering with Habitat for Humanity. He plans to major in mechanical engineering

Mandanis is a National Merit Finalist and part of the International Baccalaureate Program at East High School. He is a member of the East High swim team and Scholars Bowl team, the Wichita Youth Symphony Orchestra, and is an ambassador for the American Heart Association's Ambassador Leadership Council.  

He plans to major in electrical engineering.