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March 11, 2016


Lartey wins and Doc Arnett wows the crowd

Talent Show


Talent Show


Cowley College students performed well at the Creative Claws Talent Show held in the Robert Brown Theater on Thursday, March 10. Acts included comedy, singing, juggling, poetry, and storytelling.

Storyteller Nancy Lartey brought home the Best of Show award, engaging the crowd with her expressive presentation of an original work, “Mr. Bonaparta.” Other winners in the original spoken word category included Quinn Johnson, as first runner-up for his poetry “Mirage”, “Escaping the Labyrinth” and “Skyline Road”, and Cassie Anderson and Lucia Morales as second runners up with “America.” 
Winners in the music/variety category were first runner-up Gunner Johnson with a juggling act that include solving a Rubik cube in the presentation, and second runner-up Monica Morris with a beautiful rendition of “If I Were a Boy.”

“Cowley students have so many diverse talents, and it was a great evening to see many of these represented on stage,” Marlys Cervantes, director of the Creative Writing program at Cowley said. “I applaud each of the students who shared talents with the crowd last night. The audience members may have been the real winners with such an evening of fun.”

Another highlight of the evening was an original song performed by Dr. Harold (Doc) and Randa Arnett. Dr. Arnett is the Vice President of Academics at Cowley, and he performed in support of the students and their fundraising event.

“Doc is a great talent!” judge Kristi Shaw said at the end of the show. “Hearing the two sing his song was such fun.”

The crowd loved hearing about Doc and Randa’s 29 years singing together and that the song “How Could I Ever Not Love You” was the first he had written for her.

Shaw is Director of Student Life at Cowley College. Joining Shaw as judges were Cowley instructor Frank Arnold and Winfield author and Humanities Advisory Committee member Ann Fell.

Emcee for the evening was Sean Anderson, radio personality, comedian and inspirational speaker. To the delight of the audience, Anderson was able to pull in many of his talents during the evening. Many left expressing the hope of bringing him back on campus for future events.

Ryan Doom, fiction writing instructor and a sponsor of Mile Marker Review, Cowley’s literary and art journal, presented a work of fiction and reminded students that the deadline for the upcoming edition of the magazine is April 19. Cowley students, faculty, staff or alumni can submit to the journal.

Next up for the Creative Writing program is hosting poet Todd Fuller and screenwriter Randi LeClair on March 28-29. Students will work with the writers during the day. On the evening of March 28 at 7 p.m. in the Earle N. Wright Community Room, there will be a reading by Fuller and some of the students who attend his poetry workshop.

Anyone interested in more information should contact Cervantes at for availability. Fuller and LeClair will also present in Ponca City, OK at the Standing Bear Museum on March 29 at 7 p.m.