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March 8, 2013

McCord named March Student of the Month


Piper McCordServing as a role model for many young girls in Arkansas City, Piper McCord has accomplished great things during her time at Cowley College. The dedicated sophomore was recognized for her hard work by being named the school’s March Student of the Month.

The accounting major is the daughter of Joni Curl. Her father, Steve McCord, and stepfather, Roy Curl, are both deceased. Grandparents are, Delena and John Watts (deceased) of Arkansas City, Jerry and Jan Bobek of Arkansas City, and Floid and Veleda McCord (deceased) of Georgia. She has three sisters, Paige Plihal 27, Hali McCord 23, and Chloe Curl 10.

McCord graduated from Arkansas City High School in 2011. At ACHS, she was involved in SADD, KAYS, FCA, Work Ethics, yearbook staff, National Honor Society, and was the captain of the danceline during her senior year.

McCord came to Cowley on a Studio Dance Scholarship. She has served as a work-study at the Cowley College Bookstore since July 2011 and is also involved in Act One Drama Club, PTK, Math & Science Club, and is a student ambassador. She was a part of the school’s dance program as a freshman.

"I have loved every minute of it," McCord said. “Being in my hometown surrounded by friends and family while making new friendships has been great. My favorite part has been working with the girls in the bookstore and with the student ambassadors.”

She maintains a 3.8 GPA and has been on the Dean’s Honor Roll every semester at Cowley. She was also a candidate for Queen Alalah in the fall and serves as a dance instructor at Ark City Dance.

Director of Bookstore Operations Shannon O'Toole has enjoyed getting to know McCord and is proud of her accomplishments.

“Piper has overcome many tragedies in her life; at a very young age she lost her father and just last year lost her step-father. She has never let these obstacles be an excuse for her not to succeed and achieve," O’Toole said. “Piper is a very dedicated student and work-study at Cowley College. She is the type of student that makes me wish Cowley College were a four-year school so we could have her around just a little while longer.”

In her free time, McCord enjoys hanging out with friends and family. She also likes to travel and attends church at Calvary Chapel.

Being named Student of the Month is not an honor McCord takes lightly.

"With only a few picked each year I am definitely excited to be named Student of the Month," McCord said.

After Cowley, she plans on transferring to Kansas State University where she will major in accounting.