March 25, 2009
Elizabeth Smith named March Student of the Month
Having served as the class valedictorian at Udall High School in 2007,
Elizabeth Smith has enjoyed similar academic success at Cowley College.
The sophomore from Rock was recently named the school’s March
Student of the Month.
Smith, daughter of Larry and Sheila Smith, is a accounting major. Grandparents are Patricia and the late Gene Prichard of Douglass, and Neoma and the late Golden Arlie Smith of Dustin, Okla.
She has a brother, Brian 24, and a sister, Tabitha 21.
In high school, along with being named valedictorian, Smith was a member of the National Honor Society as well as Career and Community Leaders of America and Future Business Leaders of America. She also served as class treasurer her junior and senior years at the school.
The decision to attend Cowley was not a tough one as her sister, Tabitha, and brother, Brian had each earned associate degrees from the school.
“At Cowley you are not just a number, I liked the small class sizes and the number of classes offered,” Smith said.
At Cowley, Smith is president of Phi Beta Lambda and State Treasurer for PBL. She is also active in Math and Science Club, Mu Alpha Theta, PTK, AEC, Media Club, Film Club, Act One, and the Young Democrats. She also serves as an SGA representative for PBL, and is a Cowley Tutor and Cowley Captain.
At the Kansas Phi Beta Lambda 58th annual State Leadership Conference at Colby Community College on February 26-27, Smith took home three first place awards. She has enjoyed the experience of being in PBL and working with PBL advisor Bev Grunder.
“It has been really fun getting to meet different people from around the state, and getting an opportunity to go to nationals and meet people from around the world,” Smith said. “Bev is a wonderful person to be around, she is always happy and makes the best of every situation.”
Smith has a 4.0 grade point average at Cowley College. In fact, she has never made any grade other than an “A” since she began her schooling.
This driven sophomore is taking 22 credit hours this semester and will graduate from Cowley with 84 credit hours.
“I want to get a feel for all different types of classes,” Smith said.
Being named Cowley College’s March Student of the Month is something Smith is proud of.
“I am honored, it is a great privilege because so few students are chosen,” Smith said.
In her free time, Smith enjoys reading and spending time with family and friends. She considers her mother, Sheila, to be the most influential person in her life.
“My mom has always encouraged me and believes I can do anything I set my mind to,” Smith said.
After Cowley, Elizabeth plans on transferring to Southwestern College and duel major in accounting and business administration.
She hopes to one day become a managerial accountant and work with CEO’s of companies to decide what is best for their company.
Until then, she will enjoy her final two months at Cowley.
“I’m glad I came here, the faculty, staff, and students are so nice,” Smith said. “It’s a wonderful environment to be in.”