Homecoming to take place Feb. 20

February 5, 2019

Voting for Cowley College’s homecoming King and Queen will take place February 4-11.

Voting can be done HERE with Cowley students, faculty and staff able to vote for their selection of Homecoming King and Queen 2019.

Candidates were nominated from various clubs and organizations on campus.

After votes are tallied, the coronation of the King and Queen will be announced Wednesday, February 20, during halftime of the men’s basketball game vs. Butler Community College which is set to begin at 7:30 p.m. following the conclusions of the women’s basketball game that tips-off at 5:30 p.m.

Queen finalists

Brief biographies on the Queen finalists and their activities at Cowley:

Thais Lindemayer Gomes of Porto Alegre, Brazil is the daughter of Jose Haroldo Gomes and Martina Lindemayer. At Cowley she was named Cowley College’s 2018 Female Athlete of the Year, a Student of the Month, a finalist for Queen Alalah, and has a 4.0 grade point average. Gomes was the indoor conference and region champion in the pole vault before capturing the national championship in the pole vault at the 2018 indoor nationals. She again was the outdoor conference and region champion in the pole vault and the national champion in the pole vault at the 2018 outdoor nationals. Along with being a member of the nationally ranked Tiger track and field team, Gomes is extremely active on the Cowley College campus as she serves as vice president of services for Phi Theta Kappa, president of the International Club, is a Cowley tutor, a resident assistant, and is involved in the college ministry. She has also volunteered her time with several community projects. The dietetics major has signed early to continue her track career at NCAA Division I Southeastern Louisiana University.

Taylor Hinnenkamp of Augusta, Kansas, is the daughter of Cory Hinnenkamp and Nicole Renollet. At Cowley she is a member of the nationally ranked Cowley softball team, is a Cowley tutor, a member of Phi Theta Kappa, and part of the Reverb College Ministry. She was named a First Team All-Academic Team selection in 2018, was named to the President’s Honor Roll, and helped the Lady Tiger softball team place fifth at the national tournament. She batted .345 in 87 at bats as a freshman and was successful on all 12 of her stolen base attempts during the 2018 season. The accounting major plans to attend Missouri Southern State University.

Milica Kusmuk of Pale/Bosnia and Herzegovina, is the daughter of Vlajko and Dana Kusmuk. At Cowley, she was a member of the nationally ranked Lady Tiger volleyball team. The sophomore outside hitter was selected NJCAA First Team All-America, First Team AVCA All-America, First Team All-District, First Team All-Conference, NJCAA National Player of the Week, KJCCC Offensive Player of the Week four times, and was selected Cowley Athlete of the Month. Kusmuk's 658 kills in 2018 placed her first in Cowley history in kills in a season and her 1,182 career kills ranks her first all time in Cowley history. She is also involved in the International Club and serves as a tutor. She plans to pursue a degree in Mathematics and continue playing volleyball at a four-year school.

Taylor Woodward of Ponca City, OK, is the daughter of Jeff and Kelly Woodward and John and Malena Munger. At Cowley she is a member of the Tiger cheer and dance teams. She helped the Tigerette Danceline finish as the first runner-up at the 2017-18 Dance Regionals and place second at the American Collegiate Nationals. She plans to pursue a doctorate in psychology at Wichita State University.

Morgan Worley of Skiatook, Oklahoma, is the daughter of Sean and Shauna Worley. At Cowley she is a member of the nationally ranked Cowley softball team and the secretary and treasurer of the Reverb College Ministry. The infielder appeared in 21 games as a freshman and amassed a .395 on base percentage. She plans to play softball at Friends University and continue to go to school for Criminal Intelligence Analysis.

King finalists

Brief biographies on the King finalists and their activities at Cowley:

Tanner Blackmore of Cushing, Oklahoma, is the son of Donny Tankersley and Amy Blackmore. At Cowley he is a member of the nationally ranked Tiger track and field team, is a student ambassador, and is involved in Phi Theta Kappa, the International Student Organization, and the Reverb College Ministry. He is a returning All-American that ran as part of the outdoor conference champion 4x800-meter relay team that placed sixth at nationals. He was also the 2018 indoor conference champion in the 800-meter run and has ran the second fastest indoor 800-meter time in school history. He hopes to continue his track career at a NCAA Division I school while earning his MBA with a focus on financial planning and a double major in risk analysis.

Warren Graves of Pawhuska, Oklahoma, is the son of Ronnette Graves. At Cowley he is a member of the Tiger wrestling team and a resident assistant in the dorms. After Cowley he plans to enter the Kansas University nursing program.

Andre’ Thompson Jr. of Stockbridge, Georgia, is the son of Andre’ Thompson Sr. and Raanaa Cole. At Cowley he is a member of the nationally ranked Tiger cross country and track and field teams. He is also a Student Ambassador and is involved in Phi Theta Kappa. Thompson competes in the distance events for the Tiger track and field team. He plans to attend Clayton State University where he will major in psychology.

Carlos Trapero of Madrid, Spain, is the son of Jose Trapeo and Antonia Sanz. At Cowley he was a First Team all-conference and Second Team all-region selection as a sophomore member of the nationally ranked Tiger soccer team. He helped the Tigers capture their first-ever conference title and advance to the national tournament for the first time in the history of the program. Trapero has signed to continue his soccer career at NCAA Division II Oklahoma Christian University in Edmond, OK, and plans to major in business administration.

Brenden Van Dyke of Avondale, Arizona, is the son of David Van Dyke and Jill Dillon. At Cowley he is a member of the Tiger basketball team. He holds the school record for blocked shots in a game with nine and leads the team in scoring and rebounding. After Cowley he plans to transfer to a four-year school to continue his basketball career and major in early education.