Outstanding Students

2023 Outstanding Students

For Outstanding Academic Performance

The students are nominated by faculty members based on exceptional academic performance, completion of at least half of their coursework toward a degree, enrollment during the current fall and/or spring terms of the award and their qualities of character and leadership. The list below reflects only those who chose to be included in the print publication of the Communiqué.

Agricultural Sciences 

Agricultural Science -Wade Binder

Golfcourse and Athletic Turfgrass Management – Logan Capesius

Agricultural Business -Tara Goedken

Parks and Natural Resources -Kay Hess

Vet Tech -Rose Nippert

Diesel Ag  -Austin Payne

Landscape Horticulture Studies -Eve Schmitt

Diesel Truck  -AJ Thumma

Allied Health

Physical Therapist Assistant – Kara Burkle

Respiratory Therapist – Angelo Djinadou

Dental Technology – Deidra Harris

Occupational Therapy Assistant – Andrea Hernandez

Medical Laboratory Technology – Kamea Holmes

Medical Assisting – Heidi Lau

Diagnostic Assistant -McKenna Nekola

Medical Assisting – Peyton Orozco

Medical Assisting – Brynne Ronan

Surgical Technology – Juliana Schadel

Electroneurodiagnostic Technology – Judy Sied Ahmed

Dental Assisting  – Shelby Slaton

Surgical Technology – Delaney Smith

Dental Assisting – Kalyn Wise

All-Iowa Academic Team 

Liberal Arts – Erica Coffin

Biology – Fatimaelzahraa Elsharif

Liberal Arts – Jinxx Havel-Sturdevant

Business Administration – Zane Jellison

Liberal Arts – Sara Mohamed

Business Admin: Management – Cally Moore

Digital Arts – JoEllen Ritchie

Arts and Humanities 

Liberal Arts – Alashia McMurdo

Dental Assisting – Vy Nguyen

Digital Arts – Danielle Noack

Digital Arts – Jaiden Peasley

Digital Arts – Chloe Roethler

Digital Arts – Dawn Sloan

Liberal Arts – Edgardo Torres-Diaz

Liberal Arts – Cady Yokanovich

Benton County 

Liberal Arts -MirandaBistline


Business Admin: Financial Services – Nick Beevers

Business Admin: Marketing Management – Lauren Burkle

Network and System Administration – Samantha Campanelli

Business Admin: Management – Kip Cox

Business Admin: Management – Laura Davis

Business Administration – Regan Farmer

Apparel Merchandising & Design – Madeline Gellersen

Computer Support Specialist – Troy Green

Computer Support Specialist – Kevin Hartz

Business Administration – Moreen Hein

Business Administration – Laci Hennessey

Interior Design – Emma Holstein

Business Admin: Accounting – Trenton Hubka

Computer Software Development – Stephen Jaurigue

Business Admin: Management – Ayman Karroum

Business Admin: Marketing Management – Jazlynn Luckman

Business Admin: Financial Services – Mawadda Meelad

Network and System Administration – Ben Merz

Apparel Merchandising & Design – Marion Myers

Interior Design – Rikkell Nothem

Graphic Communication Technology – Madison Pearson

Web Technologies – April Rieff

Graphic Communication Technology – Sara Roberts

Business Admin: Management – Stephanie Whiteaker

Communication, English, Media

Social Work – Jay Bateman

Liberal Arts – Cora Berberich

Liberal Arts – Alena Diercks

Liberal Arts – Mac Feldmann

Liberal Arts – Essoyodou Houzou

Liberal Arts – Ryan Hutchinson

Surgical Technology – Jenna Mauer

Computer Support Specialist – Keegan Paisley

Interior Design – Shahed Qadoura

Liberal Arts – Te’a Ritchie

Liberal Arts – Isabel Schrader

Liberal Arts – Ben Sheka

Liberal Arts – Tanner Shindelar

Liberal Arts – Tia Slippy

Liberal Arts – Ivy Staab

Global Learning 

Liberal Arts – Marina Advonina

Liberal Arts – Luke  Evans

Liberal Arts – Phuong Tran

Health Occupation 

Paramedic – Daniel Bemenderfer

EMT – Hayli Santiago

Pharmacy Technician – Dierra Sims


Culinary Arts – Emma Conlon

Hospitality Management – April McGriff

Culinary Arts – Sam Monroe

Hospitality Management – Janelle Slagel

Industrial Technology 

Industrial Maintenance Technology – Kokou Ameble

CNC Machining Technology – August Bollhagen

Electronics Engineering Technology – Matt Ellingson

Carpentry – Chayton Faulkner

Advanced Welding Technology – Cameron Gearhart

Electronics Engineering Technology – Curtis Graham

Automation & Instrumentation Technology – Derk Keller

Advanced Welding Technology – Ryan Knapp

Plumbing Pre-Apprenticeship – Mark McLaughlin

Automotive Collision Repair – Marc Nicholson

Automotive Technology – Eric Salow

HVAC Installer – Jacob Sander

CAD/Mechanical Engineering Technology – Jackson Schachtlie

Architectural Technology – Genevieve Schnaufer

Construction Management  – Steele Starks

Energy Production & Distribution Technology – Andrya Wenger


Liberal Arts – Samantha Hunger

Iowa City Campus 

Respiratory Therapist – Nedal Ahmed

Liberal Arts – Ambar Aragon

Nursing – Nuha Bellal

Nursing – Alayna Erhart

Liberal Arts – Sydney Garner

Liberal Arts – Karina Gonzalez Pena

Business Administration – Sulima Haroun

Nursing – Mitwele Lampi

Business Admin: Management – Charlene Mawela

Liberal Arts – Hannah McMurrin

Liberal Arts – Grace Schlichtmann

Liberal Arts – Emily Swartzentruber

Liberal Arts – Nate Van Orden

Iowa County Regional

Liberal Arts – Shaylee Cooling

Liberal Arts – Kyrah Sissel

Diesel Agriculture Technology – Brody Ward

Jones County Regional

Liberal Arts – Rayna Branenburg

Liberal Arts – Rebecca  Lang

Liberal Arts – Dylan Roher

Linn County Regional 

Physical Therapist Assistant -Collin Kruse

Occupational Therapy Assistant – Whitney Larson

Math & Science 

Liberal Arts – Mutasim Ahmed

Liberal Arts – Danea Breeden

Liberal Arts – Rhiana Briney

Liberal Arts – Sullivan Bryant

Liberal Arts – Eun Sang Huh

Biology – Keely Kinsella

Exercise Science and Wellness – Justis Kruse

Exercise Science and Wellness – Madison Kuhlman

Liberal Arts – Genna McCamant

Liberal Arts – Alexia Miller

Liberal Arts – Mariam Nawar

Liberal Arts – McKenna Parker

Liberal Arts – Sydney Peterson

Liberal Arts – Kim Sellner

Engineering – Nick Tow


ADN – Katherine Boone

LPN – Avi Deol

ADN – Elize Dushimemana

LPN – Emilee Linder

ADN – Michael Schroeder

Social Science 

Human Services – Sydney Dams

Early Childhood Education – Sami Frana

Liberal Arts – Blaine Harpenau

Liberal Arts – Marshall Harris

Liberal Arts – Everett Henderson

Human Services – Jennifer Keaton

Liberal Arts – Hannah Kremer

Entry-Level Firefighter – Andrew Montelius

Liberal Arts – Keiko Oya

Early Childhood Ed – Piper Schoon

Early Childhood – Jakayla Staab

Human Services – Laressa Stout

Human Services – Beatriz Valdez-Warner

Human Services – Nova Vaughn Walker

Human Services – Valerie Vileta

Early Childhood Education – Ellie White

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