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April 17, 2009

Darci Mann named April Student of the Month


Darci MannWith her time at Cowley College winding down, Darci Mann was shocked and honored to hear she was named the school’s April Student of the Month.

‘I was more active in high school and never got an award like this,” Mann said. “I never thought about getting this award, I have just been thinking about getting my degree.”

Mann, daughter of Darin and Darla Mann, is a sophomore religion major from Arkansas City. She has a brother, Daric 17. Grandparents are Jo Call of Arkansas City, Jimmy and Sharon Mann of Blackwell, Okla., and Wanda Skelton of Blackwell, Okla.

At Cowley, she is president of the Act One Drama Club, a work study in the theatre department, a member of FCA, CCF, PAWS, Phi Theta Kappa, and was a Arkalalah queen candidate. She also serves as a Cowley Captain and won the Woody Award for Best Techie.

Mann has thoroughly enjoyed her time at Cowley.

“It has been a very good experience that I would not trade,” Mann said.

She has served as a lifeguard and swim lesson instructor for the Arkansas City Recreation Center for the past five years, and is currently working at Camp Horizon as a camp counselor, life guard, first responder, archery instructor, high ropes facilitator, and kitchen staff.

She is also an active youth group member at her church and has served as a Big Sister to Autumn O’Conner since August 2006.

Mann is thankful for the wonderful instructors at Cowley College, such as Scott MacLaughlin, Jamison Rhoads, Dejon Ewing, Frank Arnold, and Todd Shepherd to name a few.

“They have been good role models and made learning fun,” Mann said. “I appreciate them always being there to talk to and give support with school and life.”

After graduating from Cowley, Mann plans to transfer to Southwestern College in Winfield and major in philosophy in religion studies with a minor in youth ministry and psychology.

At Southwestern, Mann plans on being a member of the Discipleship Team.

“I look forward to being surrounded by people that challenge me spiritually,” Mann said.

Mann says Jesus Christ has been the most influential person in her life.

“Every day I wake up and pray that I can live that day like Jesus would,” Mann said. “I fail miserably but I just want to praise God and let him shine through me. Living my life for Christ and sharing his love with the youth of this world is truly my passion and that is what I want to do for the rest of my life on Earth.”

She hopes to one day serve as a youth minister and work as a church camp director.