January 30, 2018
Kacia Hilty named January Student of the Month
Balancing school and sports, Cowley College sophomore Kacia Hilty was recently named the January Student of the Month.
The pre-nursing major from Hutchinson, KS, is the daughter of Ryan and Lynnette Hilty. She has a brother, Carson, that is a freshman at Hutchinson High School. Grandparents are, Mary Lee and Roger Wilkening of Canton, KS, and Jolene Hilty of McPherson.
Hilty graduated from Hutchinson High School in 2016. At Hutchinson, she participated in softball, the National Honor Society, Junior and Senior Leaders, and graduated with High Honors.
On the softball diamond she was named First Team All-League all four years and was selected as the Most Valuable Player of the Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League Division I as a junior.
With both of her parents employed at Hutchinson Community College, Hilty decided she would like to experience college away from her hometown. After visiting Cowley, she decided this was where she wanted to continue her education and softball career.
“Cowley has a good community feel and felt like family,” Hilty said.
Along with being a member of the Lady Tiger softball team Hilty is a student ambassador, resident assistant in Central Avenue Dormitory, member of Phi Theta Kappa, and was named to the President’s Honor Roll.
She was named a First Team All-Region and Second Team All-Conference pitcher during the 2017 softball season as she finished the year with a record of 13-8 to go along with a 2.97 earned run average.
Her stellar play helped the Lady Tigers capture the Jayhawk Conference Eastern Division title and place fifth at the NJCAA Division II Softball Championship in Clinton, MS.
With Hilty, and several other returning players, the Lady Tiger softball team has high hopes for the 2018 season.
“I am excited for us to make another run and see what this team can accomplish,” Hilty said.
Hilty has not only achieved success in softball, she has also excelled in the classroom. At Cowley, Hilty has a 3.96 grade point average and was named a First Team All-Academic All-American.
“I have always placed a big emphasis on grades,” Hilty said.
Dr. Michelle Schoon, Cowley College Natural Science Department Chair, said Hilty is a great example of what it takes for student success.
“Kacia is an excellent student an is able to handle classwork, softball, and other duties such as being a student ambassador,” Dr. Schoon said.
Along with her activities at Cowley, she also assisted with the Arkalalah festivities and has volunteered her time to read books to students at Roosevelt Elementary in Arkansas City.
In the summer Hilty works at the softball and baseball fields in Hutchinson and umpire’s games. She also returns to Hutchinson over winter break to work basketball tournaments.
After Cowley she plans to transfer to a four-year school to pursue a degree in nursing and continue her softball career. She hopes to become a nurse practitioner.
“Growing up around my dad, who is a coordinator of sports medicine, I always wanted to go into some part of the medical field,” Hilty said. “With nursing I can work in different departments.”
Hilty is glad she made the decision to come to Cowley and is proud to have been named the January Student of the Month.
“The instructors at Cowley have gotten to know me on a personal level and work really well with me,” Hilty said. “I think student-athletes can sometimes be overlooked for what they do in the classroom, so it’s a great feeling to know the work I do is being noticed.”