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March 21, 2011


Kuffler named March Student of the Month


Taking pride in his school work and his involvement on campus, John Kuffler was recently named Cowleykuffler College’s March Student of the Month.

Kuffler, son of Mike and Theresa Kuffler, is a sophomore Chemistry major from Arkansas City. He has two brothers, Tommy, a freshman at Arkansas City High School, Luke, a seventh grader, and a sister, Sarah, who attends fifth grade at Sacred Heart. Grandparents are, Elmer and Judy Diver of Coffeyville, and Hazel and Thomas (deceased) Kuffler of Parsons.

At Cowley Kuffler is involved in ACES (Academic Civic Engagement through Service), and was a member of the Cowley Drumline. He is also a member of the Math and Science Club and Phi Theta Kappa. Along with his involvement in activities at Cowley, Kuffler has been a leader in the classroom maintaining a 3.95 grade point average, while also working nearly 30 hours a week at the Two Rivers Coop in Arkansas City.

Many members of the faculty and staff of Cowley College have noticed his accomplishments at Cowley. Heather Allen, Director of Academic Advising, is one person on campus who has noticed Kuffler’s accomplishments.

“John is an outstanding student and very thoughtful and active in his education,” Allen said. “He works and attends classes and rarely misses. He is open about his faith, but quiet and soft spoken in nature.”
He graduated from Arkansas City High School in 2009. At ACHS, he was involved in FFA (Future Farmers of America), orchestra, student council, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, SAGE, the Work Ethics Program, was the senior class vice president, and was a member of the soccer team his freshman and sophomore years. After suffering an injury, Kuffler served as the soccer team manager during his last two years of high school.

While in high school Kuffler competed at the state level in food science and dairy food categories. Kuffler placed fourth in dairy foods as a sophomore and finished first at the state competition as a senior. He also was on the food science team, which competed at state for three years, and placed eighth as a member of the meats team.

After debating which college to attend, Kuffler made the decision to stay close to home and attend Cowley. The decision has turned out to be a good one according to Kuffler.
“It is nice to be challenged in the classroom and have teachers that are here to help whether in school or in life,” Kuffler said. “The teachers and people here made it worthwhile. There are some really good people here at Cowley.”

In his free time, he enjoys hunting, fishing, watching television and playing paintball.

After Cowley, Kuffler plans to transfer to Kansas State University and study within the agricultural field specifically dealing with the dairy food or meat industry.

“Cowley has given me a good head start in that area,” Kuffler said.

Kuffler credits his parents’ examples and teaching in giving him the foundation to succeed.
Being named Cowley College’s Student of the Month is something Kuffler does not take lightly.
“It’s a real honor,” Kuffler said. “Only a few students out of the entire school get it each year, so it is nice to know I made an impact on somebody else.”

After college, he would like to work in the food industry as an inspector or as a food technologist.