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November 11, 2013

Taylor Best named November Student of the Month


Taylor BestSimply the best! Recognized for her hard work and involvement on campus, Cowley College sophomore Taylor Best was recently named the school’s November Student of the Month.

Best is the daughter of Rodney and Kim Best, and Laura Wyatt. She is a sophomore Leadership major from Arkansas City, Kansas.

She has two step-siblings, Chris McGlasson, who is a student at Cowley, and Katelyn McGlasson, who is a junior at Arkansas City High School.

Grandparents are, Bobbie and Larry Rinehart of Arkansas City, Frank Harmon from Tulsa, OK, Beth Freeman from Orlando, FL, and Jim and Doris Best of Arkansas.

Best graduated from Arkansas City High School in 2012. While at ACHS, she was in FFA (Future Farmers of America) and twice served as an officer within the organization. She was named a FFA Member of the Month during her senior year.

At Cowley, Best has been heavily involved in C.A.A.T., The Cowley Activity Awareness Team.  With C.A.A.T. she takes an active role in planning health and awareness student events on the Arkansas City campus. As part of C.A.A.T. she has completed training to be a Certified Peer Educator with the Bacchus Network. This training helps student leaders develop leadership skills to be able to successfully develop and implement awareness programs on college campuses. She also attended the Peer Mentor Institute at Fort Hays State University in April. This two-day conference is designed as an interactive and experiential opportunity to train and educate college students who serve as mentors to their peers.

“Being at Cowley has helped me come out of my shell and to stand out as a leader,” Best said.

Best also stays involved in her community through volunteerism. During her freshman year at Cowley she was involved in the KDOT Adopt- A- Highway Cleanup Program, Numana SWIPE Food Packaging event, Salvation Army bell ringing, and also C.A.A.T. In A Box, which helped raise money for Five Loaves Meal Ministry and canned food for Manna Ministries.

Best does all of this while also working two jobs. She works part-time at Ark Veterinary Associates and Sirloin Stockade.

“Being named Student of the Month at Cowley means a lot to me because I work hard with my busy schedule and strive to do things right,” Best said.

Charlee Wilson, Director of Retention and First Year Experience, has watched proudly as Best has taken on a leadership role within the Cowley Activity Awareness Team.

“I felt from day one she had all the tools to become a truly great student leader here at Cowley,” Wilson said. “Throughout her freshman year I saw Taylor grow so much. She transformed from a quiet, shy girl into a young lady who shows confidence, strong leadership qualities, a strong work ethic, a passion to help others, and a vision that has her sights set on high standards for her education and career after college. All of this will carry her to great heights when she transfers to a four-year university and then later when she enters her chosen career.” 

After leaving Cowley, Best plans on transferring to Kansas State University to continue work toward her Bachelor of Science in Family Studies and Human Services. After college she would like to be an event coordinator, working within education or business planning activities and events for students, clients, and employees.

“Coming to Cowley helped me learn what I wanted to do with my life,” Best said.

Best also credits Charlee Wilson with being an influential person during her time at Cowley.

“He has helped me become a leader in my own life and get the results I want,” Best said.