There were undoubtedly many friends among the 1,270 members of this past spring’s graduating class, but it’s unlikely many had been together as long as a
trio of women from Spring Hill, Kan.
Shannon Jesberg, Lenzi Sudduth, and Ellen Wieberg have been best buddies almost as long as they can remember.
Sudduth and Wieberg met at Happy House pre-school when they were two.
“It was friendship at first sight,” Wieberg said.
Jesberg made it a trio when she met the others through rec sports. Since then, they’ve been pretty near inseparable. High school graduation almost sent them
in different directions as each had offers at other universities. In the end, however, it came down to the PSU Honors College, where each of the women
was offered a scholarship and each decided individually that PSU was the best choice for them.
Now, as they always expected, the three women’s paths have diverged. Sudduth, who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in nursing, went to work at Overland Park Regional Hospital. Jesberg, who received a bachelor’s degree in social work, has been accepted into a social work master’s degree program at UMKC. Wieberg, who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in communication, will spend a year working on a communications fellowship focusing on leadership and diversity. She has been accepted into the media and public relations masters program at Leicester University in England and eventually hopes to have a career with a non-profit organization.
The three friends are confident their bonds will endure any tests of time and distance. “We stick together,” Jesberg said.