Thursday, Oct. 04 2012 5:36PM
LS bachelor one of Cosmo contestants
Lee’s Summit High graduate nominated for bachelor of the year by Cosmo Magazine
By Russ Pulley
OK ladies, the next most recent eligible bachelor is a 23-year-old nursing student from Lee’s Summit who wants to go into pediatrics...
Todd Morris, a graduate of Lee’s Summit High School, is one of 51 contestants for Cosmopolitan’s Bachelor of the Year 2012.
Morris, a nursing student at the University of Missouri in Columbia, said he was nominated for the contest by a friend who also is in the nursing program.
Last summer he had just finished an internship at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City.
“I fell in love with it,” Morris said.
He told his friends that once he graduates he’ll work as a pediatrics nurse if at all possible. Then he got an unexpected proposition.
A friend and fellow nursing student asked him if he wanted to make some money. She told him about the contest and $10,000 prize offered by Cosmo.
“I said if you want to send an entry for me you can, but I don’t think it will go anywhere,” Morris said.
His friend knew better and sent in the 250-word nomination. Morris said he’s also been on the water-ski team at Mizzou and likes to spend the rest of his spare time visiting family.
Morris began getting calls in May from New York. He ignored the first several because he didn’t know anyone from there. He didn’t realize it was Cosmo staff.
In June, the magazine flew Morris and the other contestants to the Hamptons for a photo shoot, make up, wardrobe, “the whole nine yards,” he said.
Readers can check out all the candidates at cosmopolitan.com/bachelors-
2012 and cast votes until Oct. 18. The bachelors’ profiles are in the November issue, which is now on newsstands.
The winner will be chosen by a panel of Cosmo editors from the top-10 candidates with most votes, the announcement made Oct.18 when the bachelors gather in New York City at Copa for the annual Cosmo Bachelor Party.
Morris said he was told they’ll also be making appearances on the Today Show and Entertainment Tonight.
“Pretty crazy,” Morris said. “It’s exciting, but it still feels surreal at this point.”