Day: November 10, 2017

Miss Ark City Katie DiVall honored as October Soroptimist Girl of the Month

Katie DiVall has been selected as the Soroptimist Girl of the Month for October. She is the daughter of Kenny and Melissa DiVall. Katie DiVall currently is ranked No. 1 in her graduating class with a 4.0 grade-point average. She has lettered in academics while participating in band the past four years, playing the flute, piccolo and oboe, and also serving as a drum major in the marching band. DiVall, who was a fall Homecoming queen candidate and served as 2017 Miss Arkansas City during Arkalalah, plans to double-major in chemistry and math, then continue on to medical school. She had the opportunity to travel on a mission trip to Kenya, which has inspired her to become part of Doctors Without Borders. For the past 60 years, the Soroptimists of Arkansas City have recognized outstanding young ladies who are seniors at Arkansas City High School as part of the Soroptimist Girl program. Each year, the club recognizes nine outstanding young women who have excelled in academics, as well as extracurricular activities, including volunteer interests. Each honoree is given the opportunity to address the membership with a few words about her goals and aspirations. This information was provided by the Soroptimists of Arkansas City. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new...

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Dockings earn Ambassador Award; Harader-Pate named Young Achiever

A large crowd of Cowley College donors were treated to a night of dinner and music at the annual Cowley College Foundation banquet Nov. 9 in the Earle N. Wright Community Room. The event had generous support from CPA Solutions LLC and The Trust Company of Kansas, which both have served as sponsors for the event for a number of years. Kori Gregg, Cowley College vice president of institutional advancement, served as mistress of ceremonies for the event and thanked those in attendance for their support. “Every day, we see students who benefit from your donations,” Gregg said. “You are making a difference in their lives.” During the past year, the college had in excess of 200 donors. This fall, the school was able to provide almost $160,000 worth of scholarship support to more than 150 students. “Your donations and contributions, along with your time and effort, help answer the call for hundreds of students (who) otherwise could not afford college,” said Cowley College Foundation Board Vice President Mike Munson. Great Western Dining served dinner, while music was provided by Cowley College freshman Jacob Edelman. Following the banquet, Cowley College’s theater department performed “Mary Poppins” in the Robert Brown Theatre. Dockings receive Ambassador Award During the banquet, Munson presented the Ambassador Award to Bill and Judy Docking. The award recognizes individuals who have given significant volunteer and other contributions...

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Southwestern again ranked as top Kansas school by Washington Monthly

WINFIELD — For the second consecutive year, Washington Monthly magazine has recognized Southwestern College as a top-10 value in higher education in its college rankings issue. In the 2017 issue, the magazine ranks SC seventh in the Midwest Region as a “Best Bang for the Buck College.” Washington Monthly’s methodology for the rankings is rooted in three categories — social mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students), research (producing cutting-edge scholarships and doctorates) and service (encouraging students to give back to their country). Data reviewed in the ranking process include graduation rates, first-generation student ratios, graduate earnings, net price of attendance and a measure calculated for each institution’s dedication to community service. In total, 364 institutions of higher education were ranked in the Midwest category. The seventh place ranking put Southwestern ahead of all other schools in Kansas. The “Best Bang for the Buck” list includes schools that help non-wealthy students to attain marketable degrees at affordable prices, according to Washington Monthly. “We are proud to be recognized by ‘Washington Monthly’ magazine again,” said Southwestern College President Brad Andrews. “This particular ranking is the one that is most directly tied to our mission as a college. The dedication Southwestern College faculty and staff demonstrate in helping our students realize their potential results in an extremely valuable education.” About Southwestern College Southwestern College is a private liberal arts college, founded in...

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Veterans Day events planned in schools today, downtown on Saturday

Veterans Day falls on a Saturday this year, as does the annual Veterans Day parade in Arkansas City. The parade will begin at 11 a.m. on Summit Street in downtown Ark City. Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1254 will place flags in Riverview Cemetery on Saturday morning, before the parade. American Legion Post 18 will serve beans and cornbread following the parade. Each meal also includes a dessert, all for a free-will donation. The American Legion bar, located at 113 E. Washington Ave., will be open from 1 p.m. to midnight. Today’s Veterans Day activities Although Veterans Day is Saturday, many entities are observing it today, including local banks and the City of Arkansas City, all of which will be closed. However, schools still will be open and local veterans will be visiting with the students. C-4 Elementary School students has invited family members who are veterans to join them for a special “heroes breakfast” from 7:25 to 7:55 a.m. today. There will be a patriotic sing-a-long and all service folks will be recognized. Adams Elementary School also is having an assembly at 10 a.m. Students will sing patriotic music and local veteran Josh Hawkins will speak to the kids. Veterans welcome at high school The Arkansas City High School leadership class is hosting its annual Veterans Day assemblies. The first assembly will run from 8 to 8:30 a.m....

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