Dennis, Galyon named Kansans of the Year by Native Sons and Daughters of Kansas

Deputy Commissioner of Education Dale Dennis and award-winning songwriter and producer Nicolle Galyon will be honored as Kansans of the Year by the Native Sons and Daughters of Kansas.

The public is invited to honor Dennis and Galyon at a banquet Jan. 24 at the Capital Plaza Hotel in Topeka.

The Kansans of the Year Award is given annually to individuals who have made contributions to Kansas, the nation and the world.

Dennis, who has served for more than 50 years at the Kansas State Department of Education, is an icon in public education and is viewed by many as the foremost expert on school finance, providing guidance to superintendents across the state. Dennis supervises all information and projects related to education legislation and his responsibilities include keeping the State Board of Education, agency staff and local education agencies informed on education issues.

In 1986, the Kansas Association of School Business Officials awarded Dennis its first Distinguished Award and later renamed the award after Dennis. Dennis is a lifelong Kansan whose original hometown was Mapleton.

Galyon, who is from Sterling, has been one of the most successful songwriters of the past decade, whose songs have been recorded by Kenny Chesney, Florida Georgia Line, Camilla Capello and Lady Antebellum. She has won numerous awards and is the only female to receive a Tripe Play Award, which recognizes songwriters who have earned three No.1 songs in a 12-month period

She made history with the launch of the first-ever female focused record label in Nashville and has created and funded a scholarship to help a senior at Sterling High School, her alma mater, attend college, in addition to helping install a music studio at the school.

For more information on the award and recognition banquet, contact Clint Patty at

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