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February 11, 2016


McClaflin named January Student of the Month

McClaflinHaving grown up in Arkansas City, Samantha McClaflin found Cowley College to be an easy choice when selecting where to go after high school. Her decision turned out to be a wise one as she has flourished at the school and was recently named the College’s January Student of the Month.

McClaflin is the daughter of Sam McClaflin and Kim Moss. She has one sister, Ashely Perry 24, and a brother, Sam 23.

She graduated from Arkansas City High School in 2014. At ACHS, she was involved in SADD, the National Honor Society, Debate, and Forensics.

At Cowley, she is a social work major and is involved in the IMPACT program and was previously a member of the ACES (Academic Civic Engagement through Service) organization as well as a Student Ambassador.

“I love it here,” McClaflin said. “The people are nice and you can always find what you need.”

McClaflin is a member of the Honor Roll, has a 3.6 grade point average, and has helped with food packaging events.

Away from Cowley she is employed as a CNA and Med Aid at Presbyterian Manor in Ark City. She also spends time tutoring her nephew, Andrew Perry.

“As a role model, she gets involved with class, contributing to discussions and working hard for personal achievement,” Cowley College Humanities Department instructor Deb Layton said. “She balances her academics with extracurricular activities.”

Despite her success and involvement in the classroom, McClaflin was surprised to learn she was selected as the January Student of the Month.

“It feels good because I don’t feel I am the typical person to receive this award,” McClaflin said. “I just go to work and come to school.”


After graduating from Cowley, McClaflin plans to transfer to Wichita State University to obtain a Bachelor’s degree in social work.

“I hope to one day become a case worker and help children,” McClaflin said.