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November 25, 2014

Cowley student receives big surprise


Lily Schmidt, a freshman social work major and member of the Cowley College track and field team, recently received the surprise of a lifetime while attending a dinner in the Earle N. Wright Community Room prior to the Cowley College Theatre Department’s production of “Little Shop of Horrors” on Saturday, Nov. 1.

During the dinner Cowley College Theatre Director John Sefel announced he would like to introduce someone that was waiting just outside. That someone was Lily’s brother, Richard, who had spent nearly the past year in Afghanistan while serving in the United States Army.

“It was really shocking, I instantly cried when he came in,” Schmidt said.

Sefel, along with Lily’s family, set up the event.

“It was such an honor for the theatre program and for Cowley College to be included in this deeply personal moment,” Sefel said. “We are so proud of all those serving, and so thankful to their families for the huge sacrifices they make every day.”