Student of the Month
Taking pride in her work in the classroom and on the softball field, Justina Way has worked hard to overcome obstacles on her way to being named Cowley College’s December Student of the Month. The Emporia sophomore, who came to Cowley on a softball/academic scholarship, suffered a serious knee injury prior to last season. However, she did not let the injury distract her from her studies as she posted a 4.0 grade point average her freshman year at the school. Way spent six months rehabbing her knee, and is at full strength heading for the spring softball season. She is happy to add the December Student of the Month to her list of accomplishments. “I was proud of myself when I got it,” Way said. “To get recognized for your good grades shows that your hard work pays off.” Way, the daughter of John and Janet Way, has two older brothers, Jason, 23, and Jeremy, 21 who played baseball for Emporia State university.
At Emporia High School, she was a first-team all-league selection as a senior. She decided to come to Cowley when Lady Tiger head coach Ed Hargrove offered her a scholarship. Last season, Way was expected to be the team’s starting shortstop prior to her season ending knee injury. This season she will see time at left field and shortstop. Way had to watch from the bench as the Lady Tiger softball team tied a school record for wins (53), went undefeated in the Jayhawk Conference Eastern Division (18-0), and placed fourth at the NJCAA Division II National Tournament in Fort Dodge, Iowa. “I wanted to be a part of that,” Way said. “It really motivated me to get back.” Along with softball, Way is involved in SGA, Phi Theta Kappa, and Mu Alpha Theta. She also serves as the resident assistant for the Kirke Dale dormitory. Way is glad she made the decision to come to Cowley.
“I absolutely love the school,” Way said. “I recommend it to anybody I talk to.” Way plans to major in accounting, and would like to do accounting work within a corporation. She will decide on her next school after the season is finished. Away from her activities at Cowley, Way enjoys hunting, fishing, camping, and four-wheeling.