October 20, 2010
October Student of the Month a Shining Starr
Showing up all over campus, Starr McLeod manages to excel in each of
the activities she is involved in at Cowley College. Her positive attitude
and hard work in the classroom has led to her being named the school’s
October Student of the Month.
McLeod, who came to Cowley on a softball scholarship, was a standout pitcher and driven student at Girard High School.
At Girard, she spent the majority of her first two years as a centerfielder for her high school softball team prior to moving to the mound. She finished her high school career with an astonishing record of 52-2 and posted an earned run average of 0.59 as a senior.
She also received several academic awards while at Girard, including being named the school’s April and May, 2009 Student of the Month, the 2009 Business Student of the Year, and a member of the National Honor Society from 2006-2009.
At Girard, she was the president of the Art Club, president of the Science Club, vice president of the Foreign Language Club, secretary for the National Honor Society, and was involved in the yearbook staff and Kayettes.
With her best friend in high school, Alysha Poteat, already at Cowley, McLeod jumped at the chance to come to Cowley and join the Lady Tiger softball team. After starting the season with a 2-4 record, McLeod settled in and won her final seven decisions. For the year, McLeod went 9-4 with a 2.36 earned run average as she helped Cowley to a record of 38-12 overall. The right-hander struck out 60 and walked 18 in 83 innings pitched.
Along with softball, she was also taking care of business in the classroom. So far, McLeod has accumulated 52 hours with a 3.712 grade point average.
The pre-pharmacy major is the daughter of Michael and Denise McLeod of Pittsburg, KS. She has three sisters, Whitney 23, Hope 15, Mya 9, and a brother, Darrel 6.
Along with being a member of the Lady Tiger softball team, McLeod is a Cowley Tutor and student ambassador. She is also involved in Cowley’s intramural programs.
Being named Student of the Month came as a surprise to McLeod.
“It’s a great honor,” McLeod said. “I love it here at Cowley, I could never picture being somewhere else.”
Lady Tiger head softball coach Ed Hargrove enjoys having McLeod on the squad and was proud to see her recognized for her work in the classroom.
“Starr is one of the most positive people I have ever coached,” Hargrove said. “She really works at being a team leader on and off the field.”
McLeod credits her parents with helping her be a successful student-athlete.
“If it was not for my mom and dad, I probably wouldn’t be doing what I love,” McLeod said. “They have always went out of their way to help keep my dreams going and have never given up on me.”
In her free time she enjoys reading books or hanging out with friends.
After Cowley, McLeod hopes to be accepted into a pharmacy school, and possibly continue playing softball at the next level. For now, McLeod is focused on her last year at Cowley and hopes to help the Lady Tiger softball team get back to the national tournament after just missing out on the opportunity last season.
“There is no doubt we can make it to nationals, we definitely have the talent to make it,” McLeod said. “I have made so many friends at Cowley that will always be a part of me.
Once she is finished with her schooling, McLeod would like to be a pharmacist in a hospital setting or work in a pharmacy.