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April 6, 2012

Student Senate president named April Student of the Month


Katelyn EdwardsRealizing her opinion needed to be heard; Katelyn Edwards stepped out of her comfort zone and into a larger role as a student at Cowley College. Having spent the past year as the school’s Student Senate president, Edwards has played a vital role on the school’s main campus in Arkansas City. The sophomore business administration major was recently recognized for her dedication to the college by being named the school’s April Student of the Month.

Edwards is the daughter of Tommy and Leslie Edwards. She has a sister, Lauren 23, and brother, Chase 14. Her grandmother, Kate, lives in Wellington.

Edwards graduated from South Haven High School in 2009. At South Haven, she participated in basketball, volleyball and track, and was a member of the 2007 state champion Lady Cardinal basketball team.

With only 19 students in her graduating class, Edwards did not want to head off to a large, four-year university.

“Cowley was close to home and I thought was the best place to start,” Edwards said.

Along with serving as president of Cowley College Student Senate, she was a member of the Cowley Activity Awareness Team (CAAT) during her freshman year. 

“Being Student Senate president and involved with CAAT have served as great leadership experiences for me,” Edwards said.

Away from Cowley, Edwards has served as an intern at GE Aviation since her freshman year of college. As part of her job, Edwards manages a program of aviation material.

“My job is different every day and I am around great people to work with, who push me to shoot for the moon,” Edwards said.

Despite her busy schedule, Edwards maintains a 3.39 grade point average and has been on the Dean’s Honor Roll during the Fall 2010 and Fall 2011 semesters.

With individuals such as last year’s Student of the Year, Jordan Lukert, having been named Student of the Month at the school, Edwards was humbled to be named Cowley College’s April Student of the Month.

“To be put in the same category as someone like Jordan is an honor,” Edwards said. “It means a lot to have my hard work over the last two years be noticed.”

Charlee Wilson, director of retention and tutoring services, was among those that noticed Edwards’s accomplishments at Cowley.

“Katelyn is an awesome person,” Wilson said. “I saw firsthand how her leadership skills developed last year when she was in CAAT. At the beginning of her freshman year I saw Katelyn as a smart, quiet girl who had the potential to be a leader among leaders in the CAAT group. As the year progressed she became just that, a leader of leaders. Basically, if I were to create a checklist of qualities that make up a model Cowley student, Katelyn would meet all the requirements.”

After Cowley, Edwards plans on transferring to Wichita State University and continue work toward her bachelor’s degree in Accounting. She also plans to continue working at GE Aviation as an intern and hopefully secure a full-time position in the future.

Edwards credits director of student life, Kristi Shaw, and vice president of student affairs, Sue Saia, in helping her be successful at Cowley.

“The school has opened every possible door for me,” Edwards said. “It definitely has gone by too fast.”