Cowley alumnus named Kansas Bachelor of the Year
by Rama Peroo
The whirlwind year continues for Manny Thompson, the 2009 Cowley
College alumnus recently competed for the national Bachelor of the
Year award given by Cosmopolitan Magazine in New York.
Thompson competed for the national title after being named Kansas Bachelor of the Year.
“Being nominated meant a lot for me, since it was so competitive,” Thompson said.
The event spanned close to six months and included photo shoots in Los Angeles, CA, and Malibu, CA. The final event took place in Manhattan Island, NY, where Thompson participated in “Media Week.”
During the week, Thompson appeared on shows such as: The Today Show, Entertainment Tonight, E! News and Access Hollywood. All were filmed in New York with the exception of Entertainment Tonight, which was filmed in both New York, and Los Angeles, CA.
Thompson accomplished all this while completing his final semester at Wichita State University, where he received a bachelor’s degree in December. He has been accepted to a master’s degree program at WSU to study criminal justice and plans to complete nine credit hours in his first semester in the master’s degree program.
The always active Thompson has stayed busy modeling as he recently did a runway show and photo-shoot for the Wichita Eagle with Bonnie Bing. He is also preparing to begin coordinating modeling work with Silver Model management in Manhattan, N.Y.
Also an accomplished boxer, Thompson, who won two Golden Gloves boxing championships and compiled an amateur record of 38 wins and 11 losses, and a professional record of 1-0, has put boxing on hold until graduation from WSU.
Thompson joined the U.S. Army Reserve after his freshman year of college, and last summer traveled with the U.S. Navy to Hong Kong, Vietnam, Indonesia and Singapore, delivering medical aid to poor regions. He is currently pursuing a graduate teaching assistant position to help fund his graduate tuition along with his military aid.
He has also begun participating in the Boy Scouts of America Quivira Council Pack 614 and is looking into joining the Citizens Police Academy.
“I want to gain some sort of experience with criminal and judicial law and plan to apply to selective federal government administrations after I acquire my master’s degree,” Thompson said.