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January 20, 2012

Leader in the classroom and community, McDowell named January Student of the Month


Jordan McDowellWell known around the Cowley College campus and in the Arkansas City community, Jordan McDowell goes the extra mile in every venture she is involved in. The sophomore pre-law major was recognized for her hard work by being named Cowley College’s January Student of the Month.

“Being chosen out of a great group of students on campus is an honor,” McDowell said. “I am very thankful to be named Student of the Month.”

McDowell is the daughter of George and Heidi McDowell of Arkansas City. She has five younger siblings, Zack 19, who is a freshman at Cowley, Madison 16, Mason 14, Hunter 12, and Trevor 11.

McDowell graduated from Arkansas City High School in 2010. While at ACHS, she was involved in numerous activities. She spent time as a member of the golf, basketball, softball, and track and field teams, was the editor of the Ark Light school newspaper, president of FFA, captain of FCA Huddle, vice president of the student council executive board, treasurer of the National Honor Society, captain of the Debate and Forensics team, was in Usherettes, SADD, and AC Players. She competed at state in FFA, debate, and golf.

At Cowley, McDowell is involved in C.A.A.T (Cowley Activity Awareness Team), Phi Beta Lambda, Chi Alpha, Film Club, is a student ambassador, captain of FCA Huddle, and participates in intramurals and student life activities.

In October, McDowell was crowned Queen Alalah LXXX as part of the Arkalalah fall festival.

“It has been an awesome year with my classes and activities at Cowley to being named Queen Alalah LXXX, I am sad to think my time at Cowley will be coming to an end after this semester,” McDowell said.

Charlee Wilson, sponsor of C.A.A.T, said McDowell is everything he hopes to see in a Cowley student.

“This young lady is an amazing person,” Wilson said. “Jordan is a leader in the classroom, on campus, and in the community. She is hardworking and dedicated. She is a student leader in C.A.A.T. and has taken on a leading role in the group. She is involved in community service, a solid student in the classroom, and she is respected by her peers and the faculty and staff at Cowley College.”

McDowell credits her brother Hunter as being the most influential person in her life. Although he has Cerebral Palsy and is confined to a wheelchair she said Hunter is the happiest person she knows. 

“He has taught me not to take anything for granted and he helps me understand the important things in life,” McDowell said.

Away from Cowley, McDowell works at the Arkansas City Traveler where she writes stories and takes pictures for the newspaper’s Action section. She also works as an IYQ Camp Counselor and is an American Softball Association Umpire through the Arkansas City Recreation Center in the summer.

In her free time, McDowell enjoys spending time with family and friends. She also likes watching movies, singing, babysitting for various families in town, and volunteering in the community.

After graduating from Cowley, McDowell plans to transfer to Washburn University to obtain a Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies and then a Juris Doctorate in Family Court Law.

McDowell believes Cowley has helped prepare her to be successful at her next school.

“All of the staff and faculty at Cowley have been so helpful,” McDowell said. “Sue Saia and Charlee Wilson have encouraged me to be the best student and member of the college that I can be.”