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October 12, 2017


Standout volleyball player named October Student of the Month


Cowley College October Student of the Month Kenzie ThimeschWhether it is on the volleyball court or in the classroom, Cowley College sophomore Kenzie Thimesch strives to give her best effort. The sports management major was recently recognized for her hard work by being named Cowley College’s October Student of the Month.

Thimesch is the daughter of Rod and Jennifer Thimesch of Garden Plain, KS. She has a brother, Nick 22. Grandparents are, Louis and Liz Johnson of Goddard, KS, and Bob and Kathy Thimesch (deceased) of Garden Plain.

Kenzie graduated from Garden Plain High School in 2016. While at Garden Plain she participated in volleyball, basketball, track, dance, and the National Honor Society.

She came to Cowley to play for the nationally ranked Lady Tiger volleyball team. Along with volleyball, Thimesch is also a student ambassador, and involved in Phi Theta Kappa. She has a 4.0 grade point average and is a member of the President’s Honor Roll.

“Kenzie is good role model by demonstrating work ethic, preparedness for class, willingness to help others, and a general positive attitude,” Natural Science Department instructor/Phi Theta Kappa co-sponsor Scott Layton said.

As a member of the Lady Tiger volleyball team, Thimesch was named a Second Team All-District performer as a freshman and was also named a First Team NJCAA All-Academic selection.

This season, she has helped Cowley to a No. 6 national ranking and a record of 29-4.

“Kenzie is always learning and working to get better,” Cowley head volleyball coach Steven Gream said. “She brings that same competitiveness to the classroom. Being a student-athlete is not easy, so to have a 4.0 GPA is a huge honor.”      

Outside of Cowley, Thimesch volunteers at local elementary schools, referees for local high school volleyball, and helps work college events as a student ambassador.

Even though she has accomplished so much during her time at Cowley, Thimesch was surprised to be named the October Student of the Month.
“It is a great honor. One that I did not see coming,” Thimesch said. “The teachers at Cowley are always there to help.”

After Cowley she plans to continue playing volleyball and earn a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in sports management.

“When I am done playing volleyball I do not want to have to leave the sports world and the competitiveness that I have,” Thimesch said. “The people at Cowley have been great.”