November 21, 2006
Showman named November Student of the Month
Alyssa Showman, Cowley College’s September Student Athlete of the Month, was recently named Cowley’s November Student of the Month.
Showman, the daughter of John and Denise Showman, has an older sister, Ashley 21, and a brother, Austin 11. Grandparents are, Sue and Glen Harris of South Haven, and Ellen Showman of South Haven.
The sophomore accounting major was the class valedictorian at Centralia High School and was named a KU Honors Scholar; Governor’s Honors Scholar and made the All-League Academic Team.
At Cowley, she has posted a 4.0 GPA, and has been on the President’s and Dean’s Honor roll for two years. She serves as the Vice President of Leadership for Phi Theta Kappa and is also involved in Campus Christian Fellowship.
However, she is probably most well known for her three-point shooting for the Lady Tiger basketball team. Showman led the Lady Tigers by making 42 three-pointers as a freshman and is once again leading the team in long range shooting as a sophomore.
“I was pretty surprised to get the award, I didn’t know if I would get it because there were so many other students up for it,” Showman said. “I am excited to win such a great award.”
Her father, John, served as the principal at Centralia High School during her time at the school. However, he then took a job as the superintendent at the South Haven High School and Middle School after Showman graduated from Centralia.
With her parents and grandparents living in South Haven, Showman thought going to school close to home would be a wise decision. Turns out she was right.
“I am really glad I chose to come to Cowley, it has been a great experience,” Showman said. “I love the campus, it is not too big and not too small. The people here are also really nice. It has been a good fit for me.”
Showman was an accomplished athlete in high school as she won state titles in basketball, volleyball and track and field. In basketball, Showman was named an all-state performer as a junior and senior as she led Centralia to two state titles. She was also named an all-state volleyball performer as a junior and senior and helped Centralia win the state title all four years at the school.
She also excelled in track as she won the state title in the 800-meter run during her freshman year in high school.
She made the decision to concentrate solely on basketball at Cowley as she has always enjoyed playing that sport the most. Her father, John, played college basketball at Oral Roberts University.
“I always wanted to play college basketball like my dad,” Showman said.
In her spare time she enjoys spending time with family and skiing and jet skiing at her grandfather’s pond in South Haven.
Showman has always enjoyed math and thinks accounting would be a good career choice. She hopes to obtain a masters degree in accounting and then become a certified public accountant and work for an accounting firm.
She has not decided whether or not she will continue playing basketball after Cowley, but is pretty sure she will be joining her sister, Ashley, at Southwestern Oklahoma State University. Ashley is currently going to Pharmacy School at SWOSU.
She credits her parents with helping get her to this point in her life and playing a large part in her academic and athletic success.
“My parents have really taught me how to give it my all and have been good Christian role models for me,” Showman said.
Lady Tiger basketball coach Todd Clark is among the many people that are proud of Showman’s accomplishments.
“I am really happy for her and am proud of the things she does on and off the court,” Clark said. “She is a good role model for other kids.”