Kendall Ray was recently named Cowley College’s September Student of the Month, following in her family’s footsteps of excellence.
The sophomore occupational therapy major is the daughter of Todd and Deb Ray, of Braman, Okla. Her father, Todd, is the director of maintenance and grounds at the college, while her mother, Deb, was a cheerleader and student senate president while attending Cowley. Her grandmother, Carol Hobaugh-Maudlin (deceased), was a long-time instructor at the college, while Kendall’s brothers, Hunter and Parker Ray, each competed for the nationally ranked Tiger track and field team, as she now does.
After attending South Haven High School where she was involved in Student Council, National Honor Society, cheerleading, volleyball, basketball, and track and field, Kendall decided to start her collegiate career at Cowley.
“With my dad and grandma having worked here, and my brothers having had positive experiences at Cowley, it was an easy decision for me to choose to attend Cowley,” Kendall said. “It has turned out to be one of the best decisions I have ever made.”
At Cowley she is a member of the nationally ranked Cowley College track and field team, is a student ambassador, a Cowley tutor, a resident assistant in the dorms, and is involved in Student Senate and Phi Theta Kappa. She has a grade point average of 3.93.
According to Cowley executive director of student affairs Jason O’Toole, Kendall is a leader on campus. Admissions representative Mandi Hernandez has enjoyed the opportunity to work with Kendall.
“She is a very hard worker, a positive person, and is always willing to help in admissions with anything that we ask,” Hernandez said.
After her first year at Cowley, Kendall was named to the President’s Honor Roll and was selected as a junior ambassador. She was recognized for her stellar work by being named the Outstanding Ambassador of the Year for the 2018-19 academic year.
“Mandi (Hernandez), Lynlea (Bartlett), and Landon (West) are the backbones of everything I do at Cowley,” Kendall said.
Kendall has also found success outside of the classroom as she placed fourth in the conference in the javelin during the 2019 outdoor track and field season as she helped the Lady Tigers capture their second straight conference title.
Away from Cowley she volunteers with the South Haven Cardinal Run and has also volunteered her time to help students in the admissions area and Welcome Center.
Kendall said it was an indescribable feeling when she learned she was the September Student of the Month.
“I can’t put into words how much this means to me,” Kendall said. “My time at Cowley has been a life changing experience.”
After Cowley she plans to attend Northeastern State University for both a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree.
“My grandmother (Carol) got her doctorate, so I strive to achieve that and continue my family’s legacy,” Kendall said.