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February 10, 2015

All Kansas Academic Team member named Student of the Month


Kayla CraneKayla Crane, who was recently named to the All Kansas Academic Team as a member of Phi Theta Kappa, added to her list of accomplishments by being named Cowley College’s February Student of the Month.

Crane, a pre-nursing major, is the daughter of Walter Crane and Leah Osborn of Arkansas City. Grandparents are Phillip and Carolyn Osborn of Arkansas City, and Roy and Evelyn Crane of Winfield. She has a sister, Kitra 16.

Crane graduated from Winfield High School in 2013. At WHS, she was involved in Student Council, HOSA, spirit squad, yearbook, softball, track, and the National Honor Society. She was also named to the President’s Honor Roll.

After graduating from high school Crane wanted to remain close to home, so she chose to attend Cowley College.

“It has been great here,” Crane said. “I have enjoyed being a lot more involved at the school as a sophomore.”

At Cowley, she is a Cowley Tutor and Student Ambassador, as well as serving as vice president of scholarship for Phi Theta Kappa. She has maintained a 4.0 grade point average and is a member of the President’s Honor Roll.

“I try to do my best in school,” Crane said. “Cowley is small enough that you are able to talk to instructors and receive an excellent education.”

Crane is a nominee for the 2014-15 All-USA Academic Team, sponsored by the newspaper USA Today, Phi Theta Kappa, and the American Association of Community Colleges.

On Thursday, February 12, she will receive a certificate signed by Governor Sam Brownback, an educational scholarship of $300, and an academic medallion at the 20th Annual Phi Theta Kappa Honors Luncheon in Topeka.

She has helped with area food packaging events, been involved in Big Brothers & Big Sisters, and volunteers her time to assist students at Arkansas City Middle School.

“Kayla is an exemplary student,” Natural Science Department instructor Pam Smith said. “Kayla exhibits a positive influence on her peers because she has a natural curiosity that leads her to ask intriguing questions, and to think about ways to answer those questions, which in turn, stimulates her fellow students to higher achievement.”

Along with being a tutor, Crane also stays busy working at Sirloin Stockade in Arkansas City and also babysits. In the summer, Crane has worked at the IYQ camp which is run by the Arkansas City Recreation Commission.

After Cowley, Crane plans to transfer to Newman University in Wichita to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing. She hopes to one day become a nurse practitioner or possibly teach upper level science classes.