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February 27, 2013

Strickland named February Student of the Month


Caroline StricklandRecognized for her hard work in the classroom and involvement on campus, Cowley College sophomore Caroline Strickland was recently named the school’s February Student of the Month.

Strickland is the daughter of Chris and Melanie Strickland. The Radiology major from Tulsa, OK has one brother, Andy George 32, and a sister, Emily Beall 30. Grandparents are, “Coach” Duke and Norma Duke of Tulsa, OK, and Reesel Strickland of San Antonio, Texas.

She was recruited to be a member of the Cowley College track and field team after being named the Jenks (OK) High School Athlete of the Year. Strickland captured the region title in the pole vault her senior year at Jenks.

“The facilities are really nice at Cowley and I really like the people here at the school,” Strickland said.

At Cowley, Strickland maintains a 3.59 GPA and has been on the President’s or Dean’s Honor Roll each semester. Along with competing with the Tiger track and field team, she is President of FCA, a member of Mu Alpha Theta, involved in PTK, and has been recognized as IMPACT Student of the Month. Also at Cowley, she is a Cowley Student Ambassador, and involved in Intramurals.

As if that were not enough, she also helps with the college’s switchboard.

Donni McClaflin, Cowley College receptionist, is among those who have noticed Strickland’s accomplishments at Cowley.

“Caroline is a fun, positive young lady,” McClaflin said. “She’s prompt, efficient and does an outstanding job working in my office. She is an honor roll student, a leader on the track team who works hard to better herself for the best of the team, and always has a positive attitude and bubbly personality. Caroline deserves to be Student of the Month for her leadership at Cowley College.”

As a member of the Tiger track and field team, Strickland has qualified to compete in the pole vault at this weekend’s NJCAA National Indoor Championships in Lubbock, Texas. She helped the Lady Tiger indoor track and field team finish second in the conference and region by placing third in the conference and fourth in the region in the pole vault.

“I can’t imagine going to school and not being a part of a team,” Strickland said. “I enjoy having the Cowley jersey on and being a part of something for the school.”

Strickland credits her father, Chris, as being influential in her becoming a leader here at Cowley College. 

“My dad has always been my number one fan and believes in me no matter what I do,” Strickland said. “With that being said he showed me what it means to believe in yourself and go for your dreams despite the odds. I hope as I get older I can become more and more like my dad and let nothing stop me from conquering my goals.”

In her free time, Strickland enjoys longboarding, playing guitar and doing wood burning art projects. She also enjoys watching movies, playing sports and hanging out with friends.

She plans to transfer to a four-year university and possibly take up boxing or rowing. She feels Cowley has prepared her to take the next step and is proud to be named the school’s February Student of the Month.

“It feels good to be rewarded for my hard work,” Strickland said. “It’s great to go to a junior college first, so you can get a feel for college life before going to a four-year university.”