Finalists selected for City of Ark City’s Outstanding Student Award


The City of Arkansas City Outstanding Student Award Reception was held Monday at Cowley College’s Brown Center.

Cowley College, Arkansas City High School, and Arkansas City Middle School students were recognized.

According to a news release from the City, the Outstanding Student Award program started in 1984. The City Commission implemented the program to recognize students who are outstanding examples of academic and civic excellence in our community.

Each year, local teachers, staff, and administrators are asked to nominate students they think are qualified for this honor.

The Outstanding Student Award Committee, appointed by the Mayor and City Commission, receives all nominations. Short, informal interviews are conducted with each nominee, and the committee chooses three finalists from each school.

From the finalists, a top student is chosen for each school.

Of the three top students, one is chosen as the overall City of Arkansas City Outstanding Student for that year and awarded a $1,000 scholarship, the first runner-up receives a $500 scholarship, and the second runner-up receives a $250 scholarship from the City of Arkansas City.

An awards banquet and dinner will be held on Monday, April 22, where each school’s top finalists will be announced for the 2024 Arkansas City Outstanding Student Award.

Selected as finalists for the award are:

Cowley College: Spencer MacLaughlin, Aigiza Nasyrova, Bruno Nhavene

Arkansas City High School: Ella Badley, Clifton Beasley, Nathan Fleig

Arkansas City Middle School: Chloe Cales, Kyndol Gonzales, Gianna Herrera

Students nominated for the award were:

Cowley College: Gwyneth Abrams, Emma Badley, Danny Ball, Journey Catlett, Demetrios Catlett, Sydney Hendrix, Emily Howard, Siyabonga Jiyane, Spencer MacLaughlin, Joriz Mandac, Ndack Mbengue, Aigiza Nasyrova, Bruno Nhavene, Kinzie Pappan, Davonte Pruitt, Anna Przyszlak, Daniela Salcedo, Alora Shuck, Andrew Talburt, and Lindsey Zepeda.

Arkansas City High: Lily Abbey, Lee Abrams, Addison Anstine, Ella Badley, Clifton Beasley, Paige Burris, Aimee Ibanez Canizalez, Kaitlinn Curtis, Isaiah Davis, Yeraldine Delgado, Arvada “Jordan” Durham, Journey Dykes, Yuliana Escalante, Nathan Fleig, Colin Frazier, Mylee Giles, Anel Giles-Obregon, Mykenzie Goff, Levi Graves, William “Noble” Horton, Bailey Jackson, Madi Jennings, Brailee King, Duncan Krout, Morgan LeClair, Marc Fuentes Macias, Haylee McCorgary, Lillian Medley, Gavin Nellis, Chase Norwood, Dawson O’Donnell, Zachary Pieper, Isaac Pieper, Haylea Sampson, Jenna Uden, Cooper Warren, Abby Whitley, Adrianna Wixon, and Haley Wyckoff.

Arkansas City Middle School: Abigail Bowker, Karis Brewer, Chloe Cales, Reed Clawson, Grace Coulston, Jayden Cutright, Natalie Fleig, Kyndol Gonzales, Lillian Grace, Gianna Herrera, Jaycie Larson, Analee Lopez-Sanchez, Tyler McDonald, Josi Moore, Teague Munson, Bentlea Sampson, Armina Sawej, Jackson Schuetz, Jeslyn Swanson, Briggs Terrill, Welly Vongkham, Cadence Wells, Skielee Williamson, Alexandra Wilson, and Jose Zetino-Lorenzo.