Student of the Month
Jared McGuire is a man of many hats as the Arkansas City native is involved in several activities at Cowley College. Whether it be singing, acting, writing, or picture taking, McGuire can be seen doing it. McGuire, the son of Jim and Janie McGuire, was named Cowley’s February Student of the Month.
McGuire, a liberal arts major, nearly ended up at Independence Community College as he wrote a play for a contest that was sponsored by Independence and was awarded a play writing scholarship. He thought of being a student play write at Independence, but decided Cowley had better academics. He auditioned for Cowley Director of Vocal Music Connie Donatelli and was awarded a Vocal Music scholarship.
At Cowley, he is a member of Act One, Concert Choir, CC Singers, Phi Theta Kappa, and Mu Alpha Theta. He also serves as the managing editor of the Cowley Press, and has appeared in each of the school’s theatre productions during his two years at Cowley. He is also a talented photographer. “I feel like if I’m not busy I’m not accomplishing anything,” McGuire said. “I’m trying to get the most out of college that I can.” McGuire says he got that trait from his father, Jim, who is an environmental health technician for Cowley County. His mother, Janie, is a teacher in the Family and Consumer Sciences Department at the Arkansas City Middle School. “I have got to give my mom credit, she encouraged me to read a lot and pushed me to try my best at everything I did,” McGuire said.
McGuire has enjoyed writing since a young age. He attended summer writing camps at Drury College in Springfield, Mo., when he was in seventh through ninth grade. He also began taking pictures at a young age, but did not develop a passion for picture taking until his senior year in high school when his father loaned him his Canon AE1. “I took that camera everywhere, now I am rarely seen without a camera,” McGuire said. A talented character actor, McGuire has been acting since the fifth grade. McGuire recently had a major role in the spring play “Proposals”. However, down the road, he would like to take a step back and do his work from behind the scenes. “I would love to write scripts for an independent company,” McGuire said. “I think it would be great to be a director and be able to direct low budget type films.” He is also interested in working in the newspaper business. McGuire is undecided on where he will go after Cowley. He is considering taking a few classes and trying to get an internship at a major newspaper, or attending a four-year university.