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October 12, 2012

Dedicated sophomore named October Student of the Month


Jennifer MendezWell known for her achievements at Arkansas City High School, Jennifer Mendez has carried on that success at Cowley College as the sophomore Pre-Pharmacy major was named the school’s October Student of the Month.

Mendez is the daughter of Juan and Vilma Mendez, and has two sisters, Rosa, who is a senior at Arkansas City High School, and Jhoseline, who is a freshman at ACHS.

At Arkansas City High School, Mendez was the class valedictorian. She was also the school’s vice president of the Math and Science Club, Miss Arkansas City 2010, a Kansas Honor Student, and a Soroptimist Girl.

After graduating from ACHS, she made the decision to stay close to home and attend Cowley College.

“I had always heard Cowley was a real welcoming place and I just love it here,” Mendez said.

At Cowley, she is involved in many activities and clubs. She was vice president of the Math and Science Club as a freshman, and is involved with PBL, PTK, and FCA. She is also a Cowley Tutor and a Cowley College Student Ambassador. 

“Being a student ambassador I hope allows me to show others what a great place Cowley is,” Mendez said.

Mendez has received several honors and awards while at Cowley. She is the recipient of the Jodi Sanderholm Memorial/Shanks Family Scholarship, the South Central Regional Medical Center Auxiliary Scholarship, and the Daniel Stark Chemistry Endowment. All the while maintaining a 4.0 GPA and being named to the President’s Honor Roll each semester at the school.

“I am really thankful to be named Student of the Month,” Mendez said. “I am glad the hard work has paid off. The instructors here really care about the students. They have high expectations for the students and are willing to help.”

In her free time she enjoys reading, hanging out with friends and family, and just plain relaxing.

Charlee Wilson, Director of Retention and Tutoring Services, is proud of the work Mendez does as a Cowley Tutor.

“She is the complete package in what I see as a role model college student,” Wilson said. “She maintains a high GPA, she’s a hard worker, friendly, respected by her peers, has a great rapport with the faculty and staff, and stays involved. Simply put, Jennifer is awesome!”

After graduating from Cowley, Mendez plans on transferring to either Pittsburg State University or Fort Hays State University where she will major in Chemistry and minor in Biology. She then plans to continue her education by being accepted to Pharmacy School.