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February 10, 2017


Tanner Balsters named February Student of the Month


Tanner Balsters named February Student of the MonthWith three sisters that attended Cowley College, Tanner Balsters followed in his family’s footsteps and decided to become a Tiger. The decision has paid off as he was recently named the school’s February Student of the Month.

The sophomore accounting major is the son of David and Tammy Balsters of Belle Plaine, KS. Grandparents are Carrol and Louise Feldkamp of Lincoln, KS and Judy Brockman of Arkansas City. He has a twin brother, Tyler, while his sisters, Tara and Amber, attended Cowley’s main campus in Arkansas City, and his sister Brittany attended the college’s Mulvane Center.

Hearing good things about Cowley College from his sisters, Balsters decided to start his college career at the school’s Ark City campus.

“Cowley has a good accounting program and is a lot cheaper than going to a four-year school right away,” Balsters said.

While attending Belle Plaine High School Balsters was involved in numerous activities, including track, basketball, football, cross country (manager), Future Business Leaders of America, Letterman’s Club, Scholars Bowl, and the National Honor Society.

He was a member of the Cowley College track and field team as a freshman and earned an NJCAA Pinnacle Award for Excellence. He was also named to the President’s Honor Roll.

“Tanner has a fantastic work ethic and takes responsibility for completing work on the occasion he must miss class for other college activities,” math instructor Steve Cooper said.

Balsters has participated in International Cosmic Day and assisted with the Red Cross relief efforts for Mulvane flood victims. He also stays busy helping with various high school and college athletic events.

Balsters is honored to be named Cowley College’s February Student of the Month.

“It shows my hard work is paying off and I need to keep doing the same thing from here on out,” Balsters said.

After Cowley he plans to transfer to Emporia State University to earn a degree in accounting and minor in public administration.

“I hope to eventually get a government position as a Chief Financial Officer and teach accounting classes at the community college level,” Balsters said.