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December 5, 2011

Cowley alumnus named Kansas Bachelor of the Year by Cosmopolitan Magazine


Manny ThompsonThe whirlwind year continues for Cowley College alumnus Manny Thompson as the 2009 graduate of the school 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 New York and Los Angeles, CA.

Thompson accomplished all this while completing his final semester at Wichita State University, where he will receive a bachelor’s degree this Sunday. 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 run-way show and photo-shoot for the Wichita Eagle with Bonnie Bing. He is 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 aide. 

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.