November 21, 2023

Area high school students attend Humanities and Communication Day

area high school students attending humanities and communication day

Highlighting media content production, writing skills, and creative and critical thinking, Cowley College’s Humanities and Communication Department hosted Humanities and Communication Day on Wednesday, November 15. 

A total of 66 students and instructors attended from eight area high schools, including Arkansas City, Belle Plaine, Eisenhower, Wichita South, Wichita East, Winfield, Northeast Magnet School, and Wellington. 

Students attended break-out sessions focusing on Mass Communication, Creative Writing, and Multilingualism, took a campus tour, and had opportunities to meet with program advisors to discuss their portfolios.  

Abigail Green, Creative Writing instructor and Creative Claws sponsor said, “We had an amazing turnout, and that was reflected in the Writing Portfolios we received; we had such a variety of works, which made for both some incredible reading and some very hard decision making! Being able to break into smaller groups and complete a writing prompt with everyone was so much fun - I was impressed by the student's willingness to share and their appreciation of each other's work.”   

Meg Smith, director of mass communication, added, “This next generation of college students are amazingly talented and ready to take on all aspects of journalism.” 

Awards were given in the following categories: 

Mass Communication Visual Storytelling

1st: Clifton Beasley – Arkansas City
2nd: Arlo Hoover – Eisenhower High School
3rd: Case Brown – Eisenhower High School

Mass Communication Media Storytelling

1st: Mak Fox – Eisenhower High School
2nd: Elleigh Tarpley – Eisenhower High School
Honorable Mention: Beckett Carter – Eisenhower High School

Creative Writing Creative Portfolio

1st - Sophia Phan – Wichita East
2nd - Ismail Saeed – Wichita East
3rd - Cherish LyDay – Wichita East

“I would like to thank everyone who helped make the day a success, especially the Admissions Department, Student Ambassadors, student volunteers, Fresh Ideas, faculty members Meg Smith, Abigail Green and Ryan Doom, Andrew Bohn for transportation assistance, and Cindi Rowe for her tireless work behind the scenes,” Amy McWhirt, Department Chair for Humanities and Communication said. “I truly enjoyed the opportunity to spend the day with such creative and talented local students. The future is bright.”

Rama Peroo | Director of Institutional Communication
Cowley College
125 S. 2nd Street
Arkansas City, KS 67005