December 8, 2017
Fuentes named December Student of the Month
Working 40 hours a week and taking 23 credit hours this semester at Cowley College, Edgar Fuentes somehow manages to find time to be an involved student on the main campus in Arkansas City and maintain a 4.0 grade point average. The Phi Theta Kappa president and Student Ambassador was recognized for his outstanding work by being named Cowley College’s December Student of the Month.
The sophomore pre-law major is the son of Pablo and Francisca Fuentes. He has two brothers, Pablo 28, and Erik 20, as well as a sister, Maricela 31. All three received associates degrees from Cowley College.
“My siblings enjoyed their experience at Cowley and encouraged me to attend,” Fuentes said. “I’ve met a lot of great people and have had the privilege of working closely with others in activities and clubs.”
He graduated from Arkansas City High School in 2016. At ACHS, he was involved in Scholars Bowl, Band, and was a math tutor.
Along with serving as PTK president and a Student Ambassador, Fuentes is also a member of the Collegiate Quiz Bowl team, Game Club, Math & Science Club, and Multicultural Scholars Program.
His academic achievements have helped him be named to the President’s Honor Roll and All- Kansas Academic Team.
“Edgar has a tremendous work ethic; his responsibility to tasks, interpersonal communication skills, positive attitude, and follow through make him an excellent leader in Phi Theta Kappa,” PTK co-sponsor and Natural Science Department Instructor Dr. Scott Layton said.
Fuentes has been employed as an asset protection customer specialist at Wal Mart in Winfield since June 2016.
Fuentes is also quick to volunteer his time and assisted with the Hurricane Harvey relief effort with the American Red Cross and volunteered at the Eagles Nest in Winfield.
“I try to give back to my community when I am able to do so,” Fuentes said. “It feels great to make an effort to give back to those who gave to you as a child.”
As part of his work as president of PTK he developed and hosted a student seminar on FAFSA and scholarships.
Fuentes was honored to be named Cowley College’s December Student of the Month.
“Recognizing students for their achievements is a great way of motivating other peers to strive for success in the things they do,” Fuentes said. “I try my best to excel academically as well as outside of school.”
Fuentes credits his involvement and accomplishments at Cowley to his parents, who he says have always been hard workers.
“I’ve seen them come far in life after learning of the devastating conditions they grew up in. I want to do the same and make my parents proud.” Fuentes said.
Although he is majoring in pre-law, Fuentes has also enjoyed his experience taking classes from Frank Owens in the Criminal Justice Department.
“Frank is very dedicated to his job and is excellent at preparing students for careers in the Justice System,” Fuentes said.
After Cowley Fuentes plans to obtain a Bachelor’s degree in Legal Studies at Washburn University with the hopes of one day becoming a criminal defense attorney.
“An accusation alone can turn the world against anyone,” Fuentes said. “I want to be the person to let others know they are not alone and help them through their troubles when they feel that they have no one else.”
Fuentes is glad he made the decision to attend Cowley College.
“Overall, Cowley has been a great experience. The program’s offered here have instructors dedicated to helping students pursue their dreams,” Fuentes said. “The instructors are here to help students as long as they apply themselves and show commitment to what they are achieving.”