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October 20, 2014


October Student of the Month happy to help others

AmandaWhether she is volunteering at the Cowley County Humane Society or assisting in food drives and bell ringing for the Salvation Army, Cowley College sophomore Amanda Krook is eager to lend a helping hand. Her helpful attitude and excellence in the classroom have not gone unnoticed as she was recently named Cowley College’s October Student of the Month.

The pre-nursing major is the daughter of Scott and Michelle Krook of Winfield, KS. Grandparents are, Craig and Carolyn Ellingson of California. She considers her parents to be two of the most influential people in her life.

Krook graduated from Winfield High School in 2013. At WHS, she served as the captain of the cheer squad and also participated in choir and orchestra.

Krook had major surgery during her sophomore year of high school after a sonogram revealed a tumor.

“I had surgery that saved my life thanks to that technology, now I want to help others the way that I was helped,” Krook said.

After graduating from WHS, Krook made the decision to attend Cowley.

“I always wanted to go to Cowley and had heard it was a really good school,” Krook said. “I have had a great time here and would recommend the school to other people.”

At Cowley, Krook is the president of Phi Theta Kappa (National Honor Society), and is a member of the Math and Science Club (Mu Alpha Sigma Chi), and Natural Science Department Advisory Council. She has been named to the President and Dean’s Honor Rolls and received an Honorary Award for the Math and Science Club.

“Amanda has demonstrated qualities of an excellent student that include dedication, preparation, and a willingness to learn and help others,” PTK advisor Scott Layton said.

Away from Cowley, she works for the City of Winfield and enjoys painting.

Despite her busy schedule, Krook has managed to post a grade point average of 3.87. She was surprised to be informed she was selected as the school’s October Student of the Month.

“I wasn’t expecting it, but I am definitely excited,” Krook said. “It means a lot to me.”

After Cowley, Krook plans to transfer to Newman University in Wichita, KS to pursue a degree in medical sonography.