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April 1, 2014

Social Work major named March Student of the Month


Allison AndersonServing hundreds of community service hours as a member of Cowley College’s ACES organization and being involved in Phi Theta Kappa, IMPACT, and as a student ambassador, sophomore Allison Anderson was recently named the school’s March Student of the Month.

Anderson, daughter of Scott and Cheryl Anderson, is a Social Work major from McPherson.

Grandparents are John and Vada Anderson of McPherson, and Truman and Aurel Koehn of Canton. She has four sisters, Ashley Lawless 24, Amber Anderson 23, Abby Anderson 22, and Audra Anderson 19.

“I try to live up to the standards my sisters have set, which are pretty high,” Anderson said.

Along with her campus involvement, Anderson maintains a 3.62 GPA and was named to the Dean’s Honor Roll.

James Fry, Coordinator of the ACES Program, mentioned Anderson served 181 hours of community service hours as a freshman and continued to serve additional hours during the summer as well. 

“Allison is an overall great person and it has been a pleasure to have her in ACES,” Fry said.

Prior to coming to Cowley College, Anderson was an active student at McPherson High School. She was the Vice President of Debate and Forensics, Social Leader of the National Honor Society, Secretary of the Youth Advisory Council, and was the Historian of Kansas Association of Youth.

“I came to Cowley for a visit and Krystle (Nies) was so much fun to be around,” Anderson said. “Once I got here James (Fry) was huge in getting me involved. I am so happy I came here, the school has been really fun and welcoming.”

Anderson also serves as a work study through the ACES program and has spent the past two years working as a paraprofessional educator at Frances Willard Elementary School in Arkansas City.

She credits Lisa Mena, a neighbor, youth group advisor and close family friend as being influential in her life. Mena maintained a positive attitude throughout a difficult battle with cancer. Now, after a full year of treatment, Mena is cancer free.

“The greatest lesson I’ve learned from her has been a positive outlook on life, the belief that everything happens for a reason and to never give up on what you want,” Anderson said. “I still talk to her every time I go home and have got to where I am today because of her advice.”

In her free time Anderson enjoys spending time with family, shopping, and following Kansas City Royals baseball. She plans to attend the University of Kansas in the fall.

Anderson hopes to one day work in an environment where she can help at risk children in troubled families. 

“I don’t know where I will go or do, but I hope to make a change in other people’s lives,” Anderson said.