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February 13, 2009

Boomer Saia named February Student of the Month


Boomer SaiaWith both parents working at Cowley College, Boomer Saia has grown up around the school. After seeing his parents build successful careers at the college, Saia has made a name for himself.

Recognized for his hard work on the tennis court and in the classroom, Saia was named the November 2008 Student-Athlete of the Month. He recently topped that honor by being named Cowley College’s February Student of the Month.

The business administration major has two brothers, Bryce 37, Tommy 16, and a sister, Courtney 14. His grandparents are, George and Jean Ready of Overland Park, and Josephine and the late Vincent Saia of Kansas City, Kan.

Saia’s father, Tom, is the college’s athletic director. His mother, Sue, is the vice president of student affairs.

Saia had a successful four years at Arkansas City High School prior to attending Cowley in 2007. At ACHS, he captured back-to-back state doubles titles and helped the team to a pair of state runner-up finishes.

Having spent so much time around Cowley College, Saia never hesitated with his decision to attend the school on a tennis scholarship.

“Being around it, I knew it was such a great place,” Saia said. “Coming to Cowley has turned out for the best, I wish it were a four-year school.”

Saia put together a solid freshman season for the Tiger tennis team as he qualified to compete at the NJCAA National Championships in singles and doubles.

He enters this season as the lone returning player on the Tiger tennis team and is expected to provide a leadership role for the squad. He enters the year ranked 59th nationally in singles, and is a member of the 32nd ranked doubles team.

“Tennis wise, I had a good experience my freshman year,” Saia said. “Now I think I am ready to progress and have an outstanding year.”

Tennis is just one of the many things Saia is involved in at Cowley. He is a Cowley Captain, Student Ambassador, and is also a member of Mu Alpha Theta, Phi Theta Kappa, and participates in Cowley Intramurals.

Saia is well known as the intramural King as he has been a part of football, basketball, softball and dodge ball championship teams.

“I’m so competitive, I love to win and work hard,” Saia said.

He carries that hard work into the classroom, where he has compiled a grade point average of 3.82.

“My dad preaches that if you work as hard as you do in athletics, you will always have a job,” Saia said. “A good work ethic goes a long way.”

Being so involved at the school, Saia has been able to meet a lot of people and make a great deal of friends. Seeing the faces of the previous Students of the Month displayed in Galle-Johnson Hall, Saia feels honored to be among those individuals.

“It’s a great deal of responsibility to be among those other students, but I am real excited to be the Student of the Month,” Saia said.

Saia says his parents have played an important role in his life and is proud of both of them. He considers his mother, Sue, to be very courageous and the one who fills their home with love.

Hoping to one day become an athletic director like his father, Tom, Saia also wishes to have other similar traits to the man he looks up to.

“My dad is very personable and always puts people before himself, no matter who it is,” Saia said. “He is very giving and has a great heart. If I can be half the man my dad is I will succeed in life.”

In his free time, Saia enjoys fishing and hanging out with friends. He also enjoys playing and watching sports.

“Being brought up around sports, I follow and have an enthusiasm for each sport,” Saia said. “My long term goal is to one day be in an athletic director type of role.”

Saia has been accepted to the University of Kansas and Wichita State University, but is waiting to see what offers he may receive to continue his tennis-playing career.

He plans to earn his degree in sports administration.