A letter in the mail from Topeka came as a surprise to Hasina Patel.
“I came home one day and I had a letter from the governor and his wife inviting me to their house,” Patel, a recent Garden City High School grad, said on Wednesday.
That letter was an invitation to attend the 34th Annual Governor’s Scholar Awards Program in Topeka earlier this month, where she was named a Governor’s Scholar.
According to a press release, the ceremony honors the top academic one percent of Kansas’ high school seniors. Scholars are selected from accredited public and private schools in the state.
“These high school seniors have shown dedication in their studies and a commitment to learning. They’ve earned this honor, and I want to congratulate them on their achievement,” Gov. Sam Brownback said in a press release. “We also should recognize their families, teachers, and mentors for helping these outstanding students achieve their academic goals.”
“I think it’s awesome,” Patel said of receiving the honor. “I was really honored when I found out I got it, because you don’t really hear about this stuff in southwest Kansas. It was just amazing that I got to represent Garden City in that way.”
While in Topeka for the awards program, which included guest speakers, taking photos with Brownback and receiving governor’s pins, Patel visited Brownback’s house and her whole family got to meet him, Patel said.
“When I met Sam Brownback, he was saying that he knew about the Garden City Buffaloes and stuff. It was just nice to put us on the map like that,” Patel said.