Student Sensations Award

The College of Human Sciences is proud to recognize 13 outstanding students as the 2019 Student Sensations. These human scientists exude a passion for expanding human potential and improving people’s lives. They embody the joy and excellence every human scientist strives for when helping others improve the quality of their lives.

2019 Student Sensations

Abigail Almanza

Abigail Almanza

Elementary Education

Abigail is a supportive mentor who is dedicated to helping others find their own success. She has nurtured the growth of children as a tutor in America Reads/America Counts and as a teacher’s assistant in the Child Development Laboratory School. She also helped her Iowa State peers prosper as a mentor for multicultural students in the Connect Four learning community and a math tutor at the Student Success Center. Abigail’s encouragement will continue to help students triumph.


Jenna Baumler

Jenna Baumler

Early Childhood Education

Jenna ignites children’s passion for learning. She provided an inspirational spark for children as a math and reading tutor at America Reads/America Counts and as a kid’s club assistant at Youth, Teen, and Family Mental and Behavioral Health Services. As a volunteer with the Boys and Girls Club of Story County in Ames and Project Linus, Jenna changes children’s lives outside the classroom. Jenna’s empathy and strong educational foundation will make her an impactful educator.


Nicole Bever

Nicole Bever

Dietetics

Nicole has given back to the Ames community while serving as a leader. She has led as president of both the College of Human Sciences Council and the Iowa State chapter of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America. She volunteered at both The SHOP and the Food at First food pantries to fight food insecurity in Ames. Nicole is a generous leader who is dedicated to improving the wellbeing of those around her.


Brynn Hansen

Brynn Hansen

Elementary Education

Brynn makes every one of her leadership roles an opportunity to learn from others. Whether she is leading her section in the ISU Marching Band, volunteering at church, or peer mentoring students in the Preparing Tomorrow’s Teachers Learning Community, Brynn strives to experience new perspectives that will help her become an effective educator for her students. Brynn has a passion for making connections and building relationships with those she meets.


Gretchen Hartlieb

Gretchen Hartlieb

Elementary Education

Gretchen is committed to growing as a teacher. When serving as the academics chair of Delta Delta Delta sorority, she dedicated time to help every member achieve academic success. However, Gretchen finds the most fulfillment in a classroom. She is earning teaching endorsements in reading, math, and special education to further develop her skills and can’t wait to apply everything she’s learned to her future teaching career.


Vanessa Kime

Vanessa Kime

Elementary Education

Vanessa is a personable campus leader. As a Cyclone Aide, she eagerly shared her passion for Iowa State University by helping over 6,000 incoming freshman feel just as confident as she was in choosing ISU. As a peer mentor in the Connect 4 learning community and National Communications Coordinator for the Inter-Residence Hall Association, Vanessa personally guides students at ISU by improving their experiences in and outside of residence halls.


Andi Luth

Andi Luth

Kinesiology and Health

Andi is an advocate for students in kinesiology and health as well as science, technology, engineering, and math—or STEM. She encourages children to explore STEM fields as a Women in Science and Engineering student role model and promotes her kinesiology and health major as a College of Human Sciences Ambassador. She also presented her own research on school wellness policies and their effect on student physical activity at the 2017 Midwest American College of Sports Medicine Conference.


Macy Morrow

Macy Morrow

Kinesiology and Health

Macy strives to be a compassionate caretaker. As a nursing assistant and lifeguard, Macy uses her health knowledge and skills to help those in need. She expands her experience with extracurricular activities as an undergraduate research assistant and a member of the Program for Women in Science and Engineering. Macy’s education, strong work ethic, and desire to help others will propel her to succeed in the medical field.


Jennae Patras

Jennae Patras

Elementary Education

Jennae has shared her degree program experience with others as an elementary education peer mentor. Jennae is pursuing teaching endorsements in math, reading, and English/language arts, and is the incoming new-member coordinator for her sorority, where she will welcome and educate new members on the values and sisterhood of the chapter.


Greta Schmidt

Greta Schmidt

Family and Consumer Science Education and Studies

Greta joined the Human Development and Family Studies 110 learning community during her freshmen year, and has since become a peer mentor, helping freshmen in that learning community explore their interests. As a peer mentor, she helped create class curriculum, facilitated bonding activities, and answered questions from new students. Greta has also been a Destination Iowa State Team Leader, and dances with the Orchesis II student group, prioritizing leadership and community building within her education.


Sara Siebrecht

Sara Siebrecht

Culinary Food Science

Sara has been ‘playing with her food’ for as long as she can remember, and has dedicated herself to sharing her passion for food with others through the culinary science program. As a member of the Culinary Science Club who has interned at Aspen Meadows Resort in Aspen, Colorado, Sara is working toward a career where she can develop products for people with food allergies or diet modifications.


Shayla Smith

Shayla Smith

Apparel, Merchandising, and Design

Shayla works hard to display the best fashion options the world has to offer to her community. She selected outfits and shot photos of everyday fashion looks for two issues of Trend magazine and planned the alumni reception for the 2018 Fashion Show. Shayla created visual displays and ensured accurate pricing as a summer intern at Dillard’s in Overland Park, Kansas. She plans to study abroad at the London College of Fashion during the 2020 spring semester and graduate a semester early.


Sarah Wright

Sarah Wright

Apparel, Merchandising, and Design

Sarah is dedicated to the fashion industry. She is co-editor-in-chief of Trend Magazine and worked on expanding the “Trend for Men” section in its 26th issue. Sarah is also the founder of Iowa State’s chapter of the National Retail Federation, which has provided scholarships and connections in retail to its members. Sarah is determined to leave her mark on the fashion world like she has left her mark on ISU.