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February 18, 2014

Active student leader named February Student of the Month


Chelsey BruceKnown for her outstanding work within the Cowley Activity Awareness Team (C.A.A.T.), Cowley College sophomore Chelsey Bruce was recently named the school’s February Student of the Month.

She is the daughter of Mike and Angie Bruce and is a Leadership major from Arkansas City. Grandparents are Gary and Caroline Bruce of Arkansas City, and Larry and Carlla Pike of Arkansas City. She has a brother, Colton 17.

Bruce graduated from Arkansas City High School in 2012. At ACHS, she was involved in Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) and Future Farmers of America (FFA).

“I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do for a major after high school, so Cowley was the right choice to help me make my decision,” Bruce said.

In her first year at Cowley she was recognized as the C.A.A.T. Freshman of the Year.

“Chelsey showed great leadership in C.A.A.T.  She would always take initiative and come in to ask if there were things that needed to be done, and I could always trust her to do a great job,” said C.A.A.T. sponsor Charlee Wilson, who also serves as Bruce’s academic advisor.  

Within the Arkansas City community she has been involved in Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Cowley County, KDOT Adopt A Highway program, C.A.A.T’s in a Box Food and Fund Drive to help Manna Ministries and Five Loaves Meal Ministry, and also has done work with Safe Homes, Inc.

All the while, Bruce maintains a 3.31 grade point average and has been awarded the Gene and Mary Ellen McCorgary Endowment Scholarship, Pike Construction Endowment Scholarship, and the First Baptist Church Scholarship.

“It is great to be chosen Student of the Month because I have worked really hard to maintain my grades,” Bruce said.

Bruce credits Wilson with being influential during her time at Cowley.

“Charlee has an open door to where I can talk to him about anything,” Bruce said. “He has helped me realize what I want to do and has helped broaden my leadership skills.”

Away from Cowley, Bruce works as a night manager at Safe Homes, Inc. In her free time she enjoys making floral arrangements and helping with the First Baptist Church in Arkansas City.

After graduating from Cowley, Bruce plans on transferring to Kansas State University where she will continue to work toward a Bachelor’s degree in Hospitality Management. She hopes to one day become an event planner.

“Chelsey has been an active student leader during her time here at Cowley, and I believe she will build on her successes and continue to do great things when she transfers next fall,” Wilson said.