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Student of the Month

 

Student of the Month - Rhiannon Davis

 

Rhiannon Davis Cowley's November Student of the Month Rhiannon Davis could have stayed home to go to college. The valedictorian in her graduating class of 46 at Tonkawa, Okla., High School could have played softball and gone to school at Northern Oklahoma College in Tonkawa. But she didn't. Davis, the daughter of Janet and Joe Davis of Tonkawa, recently was named November Student of the Month at Cowley County Community College. The accounting major with a 4.0 grade-point average said earning a scholarship to play softball played a big part in her coming to Cowley.

"When I came for a campus visit, the people were really nice," said Davis, who has one younger brother, Garin 11. "NOC is in my hometown and I wanted to get away. I considered going to NOC, but I really wanted to come here."

Since softball is a year-round sport at Cowley, Davis doesn't have much spare time to get involved in campus life. But she serves as a Student Ambassador, is being inducted into Phi Theta Kappa, holds a work-study job in the student activities office, has made the President's Honor Roll, and is on the National Dean's List and is an All-American Collegiate Scholar. Davis said she was surprised to be named Student of the Month.

"I really didn't think I had a chance," she said. "I thought, 'why me?' I don't really consider myself to be really outgoing. I'm more silent when it comes to that. But I'm very honored."

Davis said a Student of the Month is someone who is "strong-willed and determined to get things done. They are a hard worker, have a positive attitude, and are friendly."

Davis was outgoing and involved in high school. She participated in sports and joined clubs and organizations. She said her time at Cowley has helped her become an adult.

"I think I'm more mature when it comes to people and the way I act," she said. "I've learned to get along with people more. I learned that you have to do things on your own because mom and dad are not there. I'm a stronger person."

Scared at first, Davis has now settled in to life as a Cowley student.

"At first it was kind of shaky, being away from home," she said. "And I was kind of scared. Now I know the place. I have made friends. And the teachers are really nice and they really care. It's been good."

At Tonkawa High School, Davis played softball and basketball, earning numerous team and region awards. She was voted the team's most valuable player in softball her sophomore, junior and senior years, and was named the top defensive player as a freshman. She was named All-Region in softball as a senior, the same year she was selected as the top female athlete at Tonkawa. Last year, Davis made seven appearances as a pitcher for the Lady Tiger softball team, facing 38 batters. She finished with no decisions and a 1.56 earned-run average through nine innings. She recorded one save. Her mother has been most influential for various reasons.

"My mom is an accountant and I always liked to go to her work and help her do stuff," Davis said. "I also like math. I was good at it. "I got a lot of my values from my mom. The things she's taught me, I carry today. I still call her to talk about things. I really respect her. She's there for me when I need her."

Davis, a self-proclaimed "die-hard" Oklahoma Sooner fan, plans to transfer to either OU or Oklahoma State. It depends on how her classes at Cowley transfer. Following her bachelor's degree, Davis wants to pass the exam to become a certified public accountant for a corporation. Davis said she watches a lot of television in her spare time, but studying is a priority.

"I study a whole lot," she said. "It seems like that's all I do. I'm always doing homework."

She said the softball team had a good fall, and she'd like nothing more than to end her career at Cowley with a trip to Orlando, Fla.

"We did really well in the fall," she said. "We won some big games. I think we'll do pretty good in the spring. We're going to nationals. I can feel it."