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December 17, 2013

Machine Tool Technology major named December Student of the Month


Clayton BringerClayton Bringer, a sophomore Machine Tool Technology major from Argonia, was recently named Cowley College’s December Student of the Month.

Bringer has strong ties to Cowley College as his mother, Laura, was a cheerleader at the school in the late 1980’s, while his father, Jody, also attended the school at that time. The two met at Cowley and later married.

Bringer’s brother Duall recently graduated from college, while his younger brother, Pierce, is a sophomore at Chaparral High School. He has a younger sister, Ivy, who is 13.

Grandparents are, Sam and Luann Moore of Wichita, and Burke Bringer of Argonia.

Clayton attended Chaparral High School where he placed fifth at state FFA in Ag Mechanics. He visited Cowley College as part of the school’s Math & Science Day and received a scholarship for the tower he built out of drinking straws.

At Cowley, he is a Resident Assistant for Central Avenue Dormitory, participates in intramural activities, and assists the Director of Student Life with many of the student activities on campus. He has also taken an active role with Cowley College Student Senate and serves as the organization’s vice president.

“Cowley has helped me a lot and put me in more of a leadership position,” Bringer said.

When he is not staying busy at Cowley, Bringer heads home to Argonia to help with the family farm.

All the while, he maintains a 3.81 cumulative grade point average and has been on either the President’s or Dean’s Honor Roll each semester at Cowley.

Ricky Squires, machine tool instructor, praises Bringer’s work ethic.

“He is here on time every day and ready to work,” Squires said. “He has not only done all of his work needed for the class, but has also done live work and is a great problem solver. He is a leader in the shop, and he excels at everything in the program. Clayton is a joy to have in the class.” 

Bringer was proud of the fact that he was the first male recipient of the Student of the Month award at Cowley College since the 2011-2012 academic year.

“Seeing a shop guy get this honor will mean something to the people down in the (machine tool) shop,” Bringer said. “I thank Rick (Squires) for nominating me. He is a great instructor.”

After graduating from Cowley, Bringer plans to either transfer to Fort Hays State University where he will work toward a degree in hopes of one day becoming a Vocational Technology instructor, or gain employment with Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad as a conductor/engineer.