Students of the Month
Amanda Krueger was like a lot of her classmates graduating in May 2000 from Winfield High School. She visited the University of Kansas, Kansas State University, and Wichita State University. But Cowley is where she ended up. “I got a theatre scholarship from Cowley, which was by far the best offer I had received from anyone,” Krueger said. “But the class sizes were the biggest thing for me. I liked getting to feel that I was a part of the class and not just a number.” Krueger, a sophomore theatre major, is the daughter of Melody and Terry Krueger, Amanda has had a busy two years at Cowley. She served as president of Act One, the college’s drama club, was a member of the Concert Choir, and the Forensics team. She also managed a part-time job at her parents’ business, the Daylight Donut Shop in Winfield. It’s a business they’ve owned for more than 25 years.
Chantal Sanders wants to go to Disney World. Sure, a vacation to the Orlando, Fla., attraction would be nice, but Sanders has something else in mind: employment. “I was very surprised,” said Sanders, a sophomore art major, referring to her being named March Student of the Month. “I wasn’t expecting it. I was up for it in September, and I thought that was the end when I didn’t get it. I’m honored.” Sanders, the daughter of Margaret and Donald Sanders of Arkansas City, had all of the qualities of a Student of the Month. She was a Student Ambassador (was named Student Ambassador of the Month for November 2001), was a member of Phi Theta Kappa, was vice president of the Jungle Club as a freshman, was Queen Alalah runner-up last fall, and was nominated for the Outstanding Student of Arkansas City Award.
By all accounts, Heather Benoit Moll should have become just another statistic. Just another unemployed, unwed mother living off the federal government, running away from her problems. Knowing her past, it’s incredible she didn’t end up that way. The sophomore persevered, and to cap off her two years, she was named April Student of the Month. Surviving two years of college has been a feat in itself. “Education was never stressed in my family,” said Benoit, the mother of a 2-year-old daughter, Olivia, and who married Joe Moll April 27. “I want to be an example for my brother and sister, who are 13 and 15 years old.” Moll was editor of the student newspaper, The Cowley Press, was a Student Ambassador, was listed in Who’s Who Among Students at American Junior Colleges, and was a member of Phi Theta Kappa. She also was nominated to receive a state newspaper award.