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January 22, 2015

Queen Alalah adds Student of the Month to list of accomplishments


Madison McDowellIt has been quite the school year for Cowley College sophomore Madison McDowell. Less than three months after being named Queen Alalah LXXXIII, McDowell was selected as the school’s January Student of the Month.                     

“This semester has been one I will never forget,” McDowell said.

McDowell is the daughter of George and Heidi McDowell of Arkansas City. Along with her sister Jordan, who was crowned Queen Alalah LXXX, she has four brothers, Zach 22, Mason 17, Hunter, 15, and Trevor 14.

McDowell graduated from Arkansas City High School in 2013. While at ACHS, she was involved in numerous activities. She spent time as a member of the golf, basketball and track teams, was in FCA, Kays, Kids Impacting Cowley, Usherettes, National Honor Society, and was the senior class president. She was also a finalist for Outstanding Student of Arkansas City.

Her brother Zach attended Cowley, while her sister, Jordan, and both of her parents graduated from Cowley.

At Cowley, the secondary education-math major is a student ambassador, a Cowley Tutor, and is in, Phi Theta Kappa, FCA, Cowley Activities Awareness Team, and participates in intramurals.

She has a 4.0 grade point average and is a member of the President’s Honor Roll and the All Kansas Academic Team.

“It is nice to see how much Cowley cares about its students,” McDowell said. “I am thankful for my experience at Cowley.”

McDowell has spent each of the past four summers as a counselor at IYQ Camp. She also leads the youth group at the First Presbyterian Church in Ark City. On Tuesday nights she volunteers at 5-Loves Meal Ministry in Ark City.

Tabitha Farley, sponsor of the Cowley Activities Awareness Team (CAAT), was happy to see McDowell named Cowley College’s January Student of the Month.

“Madison has been an encourager throughout her life and is very involved on campus and in the greater Ark City community,” Farley said. 

In her free time, McDowell enjoys playing golf, spending time with family, watching her brothers play football, and going to movies.

After Cowley she plans to attend Wichita State University and obtain a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics. After graduation she hopes to come back to Ark City to teach math at either the middle school or high school level.

“Thanks to Cowley I am so prepared to transfer on after graduation,” McDowell said. “I will cherish my time at Cowley forever.”