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2018 Student Sensations
Family and Consumer Sciences Education and Studies
Brea is genuinely dedicated to family and consumer sciences education and studies. She devotes time and talent to the Family and Consumer Sciences Education and Studies Club as vice president, and is an active member of the post-secondary chapter of Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America. She is also heavily involved with 4-H, and will spend summer 2018 as the Buena Vista County Extension and Outreach 4-H and Youth summer assistant. After graduation, Brea aims to inspire others as a family and consumer sciences educator.
Nyahon pursues leadership opportunities wherever she goes. While studying abroad in Rome, she worked with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations as part of the Dean’s Global Agriculture and Leadership Program. After returning to Ames, she learned about food security and homelessness while volunteering for Food at First. Nyahon plans to become part of the solution by pursuing a Ph.D. in global public health and nutrition. Whether she’s on campus or on a different continent, Nyahon makes an impact in each community she joins.
Pre-Diet and Exercise
Ken leads others through empathy and understanding. As a freshman in the Connect Four learning community and the George Washington Carver Scholarship program, Ken learned the habits necessary to be a successful college student. The following year, he shared his knowledge and experiences as a peer mentor for both organizations and a peer wellness educator through Student Wellness. Ken wants to combine his leadership experience and passion for his major, diet and exercise, by one day working with astronauts as a research exercise physiologist and nutritionist.
Culinary Food Science
Anastasia epitomizes passion for culinary science. While in Florence, Italy, she studied wines of Tuscany as well as wine and food pairings, earning certifications on both topics. After returning to Iowa State, she became philanthropy chair of Alpha Delta Pi sorority, where she raised money for the Ronald McDonald House Charities by organizing and leading her chapter’s “Alpha Delta Pies” event. An aspiring bakery owner, Anastasia will further improve her culinary skills as an intern with Hormel Foods in Austin, Minnesota, during summer 2018.
Bailey dreams of becoming a special education teacher. In light of her personal experience with a family member with an intellectual disability, she now strives to help others see the talents and potential in each individual. She became part of the Iowa State University Education Association to sharpen her teaching skills, and joined the Best Buddies club. There, Bailey forged meaningful relationships with more individuals with intellectual disabilities. As a Special Olympics volunteer, she also helps athletes shine their brightest. Bailey’s compassion improves the lives of those around her.
Lauren’s passion is event management. As president of Nelson House in Eaton Hall her freshman year, Lauren organized meetings and programming for her residence hall family. She has played key roles in managing events with other organizations, including the Phi Upsilon Omicron and Kappa Omicron Nu national honor societies and the Animal Rescue League of Iowa, for which she raised over $500. She also orchestrates activities as part of the ISU Athletics special events team. With a wealth of practical experience, Lauren is an expert event planner in the making.
Sela strives to inspire the next generation of learners. As a volunteer for Helping Hands, Sela worked with fifth-grade students to improve their reading and writing skills. On campus, Sela spends her time peer mentoring the Preparing Tomorrow’s Teachers Learning Community and serving as a College of Human Sciences representative for Iowa State’s Leaders in Education and Diversity organization. During summer 2018, Sela will work as an assistant teacher for Linden Hills Child Care in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Sela’s passion is helping students reach their full academic potential.
Apparel, Merchandising, and Design
Jennifer seizes nearly every opportunity that comes her way. After participating in The Fashion Show as a committee member, she became director of alumni and community relations for the 2018 show. Jennifer also earned recognition as a semifinalist in the National Retail Federation case study competition and a finalist for the YMA Fashion Scholarship. She attended Retail’s Big Show and the YMA Annual Awards Gala with others in her major program. Jennifer will spend summer 2018 interning in the planning division of Haddad Brands in New York City.
Alanis’ enthusiasm for new opportunities has taken her around the world. During her sophomore year, she studied abroad in Dubai and Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates to learn about hospitality management through a multicultural lens. Since her return to Iowa State, Alanis shares her international experience as a member of the 2017-2018 CHS Study Abroad Resource Team (START). When she isn’t encouraging students to study abroad, she leads the National Society of Minorities in Hospitality as club president, where she helped execute the organization’s first Hospitality Week.
Alec’s goal is to improve the lives of athletes. As a student athletic trainer for Iowa State University football and wrestling, his efforts have helped keep student athletes healthy and safe. In the Fellowship of Athletic Training Students Club, he learned more about what it takes to successfully rehabilitate athletes. Alec put his training to the test during a summer internship with the Kansas City Chiefs football team, where he helped evaluate, treat, and rehabilitate NFL athletes. He plans to further his expertise by studying athletic training in graduate school.
Apparel, Merchandising, and Design
Grace goes the extra mile. Demonstrating a passion for apparel, merchandising, and design, Grace received Iowa State’s prestigious Ana and Ed McCracken Apparel Scholarship, a four-year scholarship bestowed to one incoming freshman each year. Also The Fashion Show’s Merchandising and Design Scholarship awardee, Grace has played vital roles in the show’s production, as modeling director and design director. She has gleaned expertise off campus as an intern with Original Cyns LLC, Amazon, Inc., and Urban Outfitters. Grace exhibits a true dedication to her craft.
Adrienne strives to serve as a positive role model. As a peer mentor for the MINDS Learning Community, she guides first-year students as they explore the exciting range of majors available in the College of Human Sciences. When Adrienne isn’t peer mentoring, she aids students as an office assistant in the College of Human Sciences Student Services and Student Recruitment offices. These mentorship roles have shaped Adrienne’s career goals; following graduation, she will pursue a master’s degree in student affairs so she can make an even bigger impact on students.
Kinesiology and Health
Whether she’s raising money for her local food pantry or preparing for a career as a physician assistant, Katie understands the value of helping others. As the vice president for community relations of Alpha Phi sorority, she encourages her peers to engage in philanthropy and community service activities. She also participates in humanitarian work as the club liaison for UNICEF. Outside of school, Katie volunteers for the Youth Hunger Opposition in Palatine, or YHOP, in Palatine Township, Illinois. No matter the activity, Katie emulates what it means to give back.
Child, Adult, and Family Services
Sia leads by example. In a demonstrated commitment to academics, she helps first-year college students achieve academic success as a mentor for the Human Development and Family Studies Learning Community and the Connect Four learning community. In these roles, Sia ensures students learn the habits necessary to succeed in school. Sia also works with students at the high school level as a College of Human Sciences and ISU Admissions outreach ambassador. During summer 2018, Sia will continue her academic pursuits in an immersive, nine-week study abroad trip to Costa Rica.
Child, Adult, and Family Services
Kaitlyn has a passion for people. From tutoring Iowa State University athletes to providing child care at the Nevada Community Resource center, she loves interacting with people of all ages. Kaitlyn has also devoted her time to reach young people, serving in many 4-H roles, including State Youth Council member, youth trustee, and 4-H leader in Worth County. Currently, she works with high school upperclassmen as a College of Human Sciences ambassador. Kaitlyn plans to continue working with youth and advocating for children from underserved communities.