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April 9, 2010

Phuong Huynh named Cowley College�s Outstanding Student at banquet


Phuong HuynhCowley College sophomore Phuong Huynh continues to be recognized for her tremendous achievements at the school as she was named the school’s Outstanding Student during the annual banquet held in the Earle N. Wright Community Room on Thursday.

Other finalists for the school’s Outstanding Student were, this year’s homecoming king, Charles Fall, and March Student of the Month, Aaron Brooks.

Cowley College president, Dr. Patrick J. McAtee, was glad to see Huynh honored for her outstanding effort at the school.

“We are very prod of her, she is a very deserving student,” Dr. McAtee said. “She is always pleasant on campus and always has a smile.”
Arkansas City High School student Mariah Vargas was chosen as the 2010 City-Wide Outstanding Student. She was chosen from a field of nine finalists representing Arkansas City Middle School, Arkansas City High School, and Cowley College. Vargas was also selected as the ACHS Outstanding Student. Kristen Boxman was selected as the ACMS Outstanding Student.

Roger Sparks, local businessman, gave the keynote address, while City Manager Steve Archer, who was named Cowley College’s Outstanding Tiger Alumnus in 2009, presented the awards.

Huynh, who was born and raised in Vietnam, has excelled as a student at Cowley College. She impressed so many faculty and students with her hard work that she was previously named the school’s November, 2009 Student of the Month.

The accounting major is the daughter of Phong Huynh and Mung Vo. She came to the United States for the first time in 2008 as a foreign exchange student, and attended Wichita West High School during her senior year. At Wichita West, she received the Kansas Governor’s Scholar Award and was named a member of the honor roll.

At Cowley, she is actively involved in Phi Theta Kappa, Phi Beta Lambda, the Math and Science Club, ACES, and is president of the SHADE (Students Honoring All Different Ethnicities) organization.

After Cowley, she plans to transfer to a four-year school and obtain a Master’s degree, double majoring in both Mathematics and Accounting. Her goal is to earn the highest degree possible and to learn several foreign languages so she can do accounting work in different countries.

Huynh, Fall and Brooks joined ACMS students Kristen Boxman, Stevie Burries and Halstonn Shaw, as well as ACHS students Drew Bennett, David Boxman, and winner Mariah Vargas as finalists for the City-Wide Outstanding Student.

Members of the Outstanding Student selection committee were Tasha Bucher, Cheryl Bolack, Angela Harding, Jeff Henderson, Tyson Johnson, Bev Yeager, and Charlotte Schmidt.