K-State students select 2024 Student Ambassadors

Posted October 31, 2023

Student Ambassadors

Two students have been chosen to represent Kansas State University as the 2024 Student Ambassadors. 

Andrew Bergmeier, junior in elementary education, Hutchinson, Kansas, and Avery Johnson, junior in human development and family science, Beloit, Kansas, were announced as the ambassadors Oct. 28 during halftime of K-State’s Homecoming football game against the University of Houston.  

Established by the K-State Alumni Association in 1977, the Student Ambassador program elects two students each year to represent the student body at Alumni Association events throughout the state and at university activities.

Bergmeier and Johnson will visit with prospective students and alumni; attend Student Alumni Board meetings and activities; assist with programming on campus such as the Alumni Fellows program, All-University Homecoming Committee and other special events; and assist the President's Office as needed. 

They were elected during Homecoming Week by a student vote from a group of six semifinalists. The ambassadors serve a one-year term, and each receives the Kirk Family Student Ambassador Scholarship of $2,500, clothing from Manhattan clothing store Borck Brothers and an official K-State ring from Balfour and the Alumni Association.

Typically, ambassador candidates excel academically and are extensively involved in volunteer and philanthropic activities. Bergmeier and Johnson are role models for these qualities. 

Bergmeier is a member of Delta Upsilon fraternity, Chimes Junior Service Honorary and serves as president of the Call Me MISTER program at K-State. Additionally, he is involved in volunteer and community service work with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Riley County, Manhattan Catholic Schools and the Miss K-State Competition. 

“I am extremely passionate about K-State,” Bergmeier said. “Additionally, I want everyone to be aware of the ‘hidden’ gem that is K-State/Manhattan. I want to share all the wonderful experiences I’ve had here and give perspective students the ability to have similar ones. The memories made here will truly last a lifetime, and I want to communicate that. I want to be the reason someone chooses K-State.”  

Johnson is a member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority, Student Alumni Board and Student Foundation. Additionally, she is involved in volunteer and community service work with the No Stone Unturned Foundation and has launched a therapeutic art program for youth and nursing home patients called Art with Avery.

“Kansas State University’s precedence of dedication to excellence in academics, inclusion and service while maintaining a tight-knit campus community is what I am excited to share at university activities and throughout Kansas as a K-State Student Ambassador,” Johnson said.

“Like their predecessors, Avery and Andrew show great pride in our university,” said Alan Fankhauser, associate director of alumni programs and adviser to the ambassadors. “The Alumni Association is excited to host them at our upcoming events for the year. We are excited for our greater Wildcat Community to meet them.”   

For more information on the Student Ambassador program, visit k-state.com/studentambassadors.