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2024 PTK All-Iowa Academic Team

Help us celebrate the students nominated to join the 2024 Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society All-Iowa Academic Team. The students were nominated by their campus for their outstanding achievements and will be recognized in Des Moines, IA on Monday, February 26 at the PTK Awards Banquet. Students are organized alphabetically by the community college regional order. To jump to your school, click on the link below:

Northeast Iowa Community College

NICC Addison Chapman Addison Chapman

Addison is enrolled in the Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) Associate of Science degree program. A native of Hawkeye, Iowa, Addison has been active in sports for many years, participating in both track and cross country during high school. Throughout her time as an avid runner, she has needed physical therapy to help her heal and remain healthy. These experiences have generated an interest and desire to pursue a career in Physical Therapy. Upon completion of her program at NICC, Addison plans to enroll in the University of Northern Iowa’s Physical Therapy program with the goal of becoming a Physical Therapist with a focus in pediatrics. Addison is currently an active member of the NICC Calmar Campus PTK Chapter.

NICC Peyton Luehmann

Peyton Leuhmann

Peyton is enrolled in the Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) Dairy Science Technology Associate of Applied Science degree program. A native of Lewiston, Minnesota, Peyton is integrity involved in his family’s 300 herd dairy cow farm. Upon completion of his degree, Peyton plans to assume the management of his family’s farm with the goal of expanding the herd while increasing the health and well-being of the livestock. Peyton is currently involved in the National Professional Agricultural Student Organization (PAS) where he has competed as a part of a team at both state and national PAS competitions. Peyton is in his second year as a member of PTK and currently serves as the NICC Calmar Campus PTK Chapter President.

NICC Naughton Elliot Naughton

Elliot is enrolled in the Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) Engineering Technology program. A native of Dyersville, Iowa, Elliot will transfer to UNI in the Fall of 2024 and aspires to become a factory automation/controls engineer. Elliot is currently involved in the Lifting Students Higher group on campus which works to provide financial assistance to students who are in need. This is Elliot’s first year in PTK where he is acting vice-president. He is also working as a student manufacturing engineer at John Deere Dubuque Works.


NICC Schreyer Nicholas Schreyer

Nicholas is enrolled in the Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) Engineering Technology program. A native of Dubuque, Iowa, Nicholas will transfer to UNI in the Fall of 2024 to become an automation controls engineer. Nicholas enjoys working on cars, automotive racing, and traveling. This is Nicholas’ second year in PTK. He has also participated in Emerging Leaders, a program at NICC which aims to provide additional leadership skills to nominated students. Nicholas lives by Abraham Lincoln’s quote: "The best way to predict your future is to create it."


North Iowa Area Community College

Matthew Moore Matthew Moore

Matt is a NIACC student with plans to transfer to the University of Northern Iowa to major in Music Education. Matt's career goals are to teach high school choir and one day obtain his master's and doctorate degrees to teach at the college level. He is involved in Student Government, Phi Theta Kappa, concert choir, and coaches high school cross country and soccer. A quote Matt loves is, "To achieve greatness, you must take the first step."


Benjamin Tindall Benjamin Tindall

Ben is a NIACC student and plans to transfer to the University of Northern Iowa. He plans to study business and eventually work in business developments in the aerospace industry. Ben is involved in many clubs including Chapter President of Phi Theta Kappa, Collegiate Entrepreneurs, and TRIO. He likes to volunteer in the community through NIACC's Volunteer Center. Ben currently has an internship at Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services.


Iowa Lakes Community College

ILCCMariah Geistfeld

I am from St. James, Minnesota. I am currently in the Early Childhood Program at Iowa Lakes Community College (graduating in May). Next fall I plan to continue my education at Southwest Minnesota State University. I hope to work in a preschool classroom or a childcare facility after college.



ILCC Green

haily green

My name is Haily Green, and I am from Comfrey, MN. I live on a farm outside of town where we raise show lambs and have a small cow/calf operation as well. I am currently pursuing my associate in arts and associate in science where I will transfer to Iowa State University to earn my bachelor's in animal science with a minor in genetics, along with possibly working towards a master's degree in ruminant nutrition or animal breeding and genetics.


ILCCaudree reinhardt

Audree Reinhardt is a freshman at Iowa Lakes Community College from Estherville, Iowa. She is a member of the Iowa Lakes Competitive Dance team, as well as the Estherville campus Student Senate. She stays active in the school and community all while maintaining a 4.0 GPA. Audree will graduate with both her AA and AS degrees before transferring to Iowa State University.



ILL Rodriguez Martinezandres rodriguez Martinez

I’m Andres Felipe Rodriguez, I’m currently a Junior in Northwestern college, I just transferred from Iowa lakes community college. I love to serve God in every way I can, I love play the drums, the guitar, to play soccer and I like to study and being excellent in everything I do.




ILCC ThilgesHunter Thilges

I am from Whittemore, Iowa, and I graduated from Algona High School in 2022. I participated in FFA, 4H, and various sports in high school. At Iowa Lakes, I am a member of the Sports Shooting team. I attend Iowa Lakes to earn a degree in Environmental Studies as I follow my passion for the outdoors, hunting, and fishing. I plan to transfer to South Dakota State for Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences.



Northwest Iowa Community College

NCC SimpsonJennifer simpson

Jennifer is currently enrolled in the Associate Degree Nursing program at Northwest Iowa Community College. She is considered a non-traditional student and is married with 2 children. Jennifer has had various roles in the healthcare field over the last 22 years. Some of those roles include providing care at nursing homes, residential living facilities and hospital units. During her time at NCC, she has had the privilege of joining Phi Theta Kappa and participating in TRIO Student Support Services. Jennifer's goal is to earn her Registered Nurse degree and work toward a Bachelors of Science in Nursing.


NCC Van Regenmorter

ethan van regenmorter

Ethan is from Inwood, Iowa, and graduated from West Lyon High School in 2023. He decided to pursue automotive because he has always had an interest in working on vehicles and has a long-term goal of helping to run his family’s business, Oak Street Station in Inwood. Oak Street Station is a locally owned and operated automotive service center founded in 2002. Ethan began the Automotive & Light Duty Diesel Program at NCC in the Fall of 2023 and will graduate in July of 2025 with an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Automotive & Light Duty Diesel. In Ethan’s spare time he likes to go hunting, fishing and do anything outdoors.

Iowa Central Community College

ICCC Booyensnico booyens

Nico is an accounting major from Centurion, South Africa. He plans to transfer to California State Fullerton to further his academic and golf career. Nico is a member of the men’s golf team. He is active in Phi Theta Kappa, Accounting and Business Club, and Student Ambassadors all while maintaining a 4.0 gpa. Nico has been named to the President’s list every semester and 1st Team Academic All Region for golf.


ICCC Magnifico

michael magnifico

Michael is an online student taking classes from New York. He is majoring in IT security to obtain a degree to advance his career in IT security. Michael is active in Phi Theta Kappa and has helped his chapter from a distance but organizing community service opportunities. He has been a named to the dean’s or president’s list every semester while attending Iowa Central.



ICCC McClainmya mcclain

Mya is from Fort Dodge, Iowa and is a graduate of St. Edmond Catholic High School. She is majoring in psychology and plans to transfer to Missouri S & T to continue her academic and volleyball careers. Mya is the Lambda Kappa chapter president of Phi Theta Kappa at Iowa Central, captain of the women’s volleyball team, is a tutor in the Academic Resource Center, and is a cast member for the Performing Arts Department production of Beauty and The Beast, all while maintaining a 4.0 gpa. She has been named to the President’s List each semester, 2nd team All Region for volleyball, and 1st team Academic All Region,


Iowa Valley Community College District

IVCCD AndrewsXavian Andrews

My name is Xavian Andrews; I'm majoring in Liberal arts with a focus on athletic training. My future plans are to become a Doctor of PT.I am a dynamic college athlete with a passion for both sports and style, I'm the creative force behind an up-and-coming clothing brand. I try to balance my clothing brand and being a college athlete. I want to excel on the field and make an impact in the fashion world!


IVCCD Clampitt

Riley clampitt

I'm graduating in May with an AAS in Gunsmith Technology. My future plans include working for a gunsmith in order to gain experience in the trade.



IVCCD Graffashlynn graff

I'm Ashlynn Graff. I'm from Grinnell, Iowa. My future plans are to graduate from the University of Northern Iowa with a degree in Elementary Education.




IVCCD Hilljenna hill

Hi, I’m Jenna Hill. I’m from Zearing, Iowa and I am a biology major at Ellsworth Community College. Next year, I plan on returning to ECC to complete the Certified Medical Assistant program. Then, continue my work towards gaining a bachelor's in biology to one day attend Physician Assistant school. 


IVCCD McNameenikita mcnamee

Major: Liberal Arts
Honors/Awards: Dean's List all semesters; Outstanding Student for Literature; Outstanding Student for Composition and Writing; Provost's Award; Phi Theta Kappa Vice President; Ecology Club President.
Future Plans: After graduating with an AA degree, I plan to transfer to a 4-year college or university to pursue my doctorate in English and Creative Writing. My end goal is to become an English Professor.


IVCCD SheetsEleora Sheets

Major: Biology
Awards/Honors: Dean's List all semesters; Honors Program; Graether Family Scholarship; Phi Theta Kappa Officer; STEM Club Officer; SWORD/Tabletop Roleplay Club Officer; Member of Book Club.
Future Plans: Transfer to Iowa State University while working in my field, eventually helping to restore and protect the environment.


IVCCD Veverkasierra veverka

Hello all! My name is Sierra. I'm from Grinnell, Iowa, where I grew up with two older brothers. Some of my favorite things to do is reading, baking with my mom, traveling, and spending time with my family. My future plans are to graduate from the University of Northern Iowa with my bachelor's degree in Family Services with a minor in Mental Health Counseling.



IVCCD Wiesekael wiese

I'm graduating in May with an AAS in Gunsmith Technology. My future plans include opening my own gunsmith/machining shop.




Hawkeye Community College

HCC Boeversmary boevers

Mary Boevers is a non-traditional student at Hawkeye Community College who will be completing her degree in Liberal Arts in May of 2024. After completing her degree at Hawkeye, she plans to transfer to the University of Northern Iowa to major in Accounting, Business Analytics, and complete her CPA. While attending Hawkeye, PTK has been an integral part of student life and activity for Mary. PTK has helped Mary become engaged in student life on campus, while encouraging others to do so as well. She will also be taking on Student Lead for our PTK Blood Drive this Spring! When not attending school, her happiness is in the kitchen. Mary currently lives on an acreage outside of Dunkerton, IA, with her husband, teenage daughter, four dogs, and one cat.

HCC Fulliloveannastasia fullilove

Anastasia Fullilove is a 29 year old, non-traditional student. While on her educational journey, she has had the honor of being the President of PTK at Hawkeye Community College for the past two years. Anna's major is Social Work. Upon completion of her education, she plans to open a full service transitional housing program as her dream is to help others who are dealing with adversity. Anna enjoys being engaged in student activities and spending time with peers. There was a time when Anna never imagined that returning to school would be an option for her. After overcoming many obstacles, she learned that she could use each of those experiences to ultimately reach back into the community and help others in similar or worse situations. She has not let her past define who she is, but instead strives to use the wisdom she has gained to benefit others. She strongly believes that her involvement in PTK has been a key element in helping her to develop her voice and build the confidence to pursue and fulfil her dreams.

Eastern Iowa Community Colleges

EICC DowneyBreckin Downey

My name is Breckin Downey and I am a senior at Maquoketa High School. I am graduating with my Associates of Arts degree from Clinton Community College. After graduation I plan on majoring in Business Management at the University of Iowa. Activities I am involved at my school are Student Senate, Business Professionals of America, National Honor Society, Youth Philanthropy Board in Jackson County, Student Lighthouse and AmeriCorps Student Leader. A few community activities include Leadership Maquoketa, Dance Marathon and Camp Reece. These activities have helped grow me into the person I am today!



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EICCjonique lockhart





Revathi and LaShawnaYashira McMellen

I am the President of the PTK at Muscatine Community College. I will be graduating this May with my Criminal Justice associate degree. I plan to pursue my bachelor's in forensic psychology at St. Ambrose University. My end goal is to work in a rehabilitation facility or become a probation/parole officer. Besides school I am a full-time mom and soon to be wife. I enjoy going boating, camping, and riding bikes with my family. I enjoy baking and getting into random projects as well as staring at my 3 cats on catnip.


EICC PothoffMykenah Pothoff

I’m attending Muscatine Community College to get my Associate of Arts degree and Registered Nursing license. I’m currently working as a Certified Nursing Assistant at a nursing home. One thing I wasn’t prepared for when being a Certified Nursing Assistant, was gaining so much love for so many lives. But sadly, the days of cracking jokes and laughter turn into sitting by their bedside tearing up well holding their hand until their last breath. Every one of my residents has made a huge impact on my life and they will be the reason I will push to be the best that I can be. My goal after getting my Registered Nursing license is to continue working in a skilled nursing facility or becoming a hospice nurse. My parents have been my biggest inspiration. They have taught me to be very appreciative, hardworking, and independent. A saying my dad has always said that will forever stick with me is, “Do what others aren’t willing to do and they’ll never have what you have.” I would like to thank my parents because without them I would not be where I am today.

EICC Prombojoshua prombo

Joshua shares that they graduated high school two years early and plans on getting an Associate's Degree in Psychology. After Clinton Community College, Josh plans to transfer to a 4 year to get a Bachelor's Degree in Social Work. Josh is currently a job coach at Empowering Abilities and a Family Service Case Manager at The Salvation Army. After attaining a Bachelor's Degree in Social Work, Josh will either keep the job at The Salvation Army or continue their education to be able to become a family and marital counselor.



Kirkwood Community College

KCC BrennomEmily Brennom

Emily Brennom is from Marion, Iowa, and graduated from Linn-Mar High School. She plans to major in Social Science Education at the University of Northern Iowa. She has many fond memories of Kirkwood, such as the engaging interactions professors, the availability of a wide range of classes delivered online, and the Phi Theta Kappa initiation ceremony – they made it very special!



KCC Kremer

lauren Kremer

Lauren Kremer is from Monticello, Iowa. She is working towards a degree in Network and System Administration through Kirkwood. She plans to go straight to the workforce upon completing her degree. Her favorite memories at Kirkwood include socializing with her peers at Kirkwood sponsored events.



KCC Mensahdorcas Eva Mensah

Eva Mensah is a first-generation college student from a small fishing town called Moree in Ghana. She is a hotel Management major at Kirkwood where she is acquiring the needed skills, knowledge, and a strategic mindset to become a hotelier and hospitality training consultant. Although she has so many pleasant memories of Kirkwood—thanks to the wonderful professors, staff, and friends she’s met here—her favorite memory is the pumpkin carving event hosted by the international student office during Halloween.


KCC MillerGrace Miller

Grace Miller is a student at Kirkwood finishing her AA Degree. During her time at Kirkwood she has participated in Jazz choir, Cheerleading, Dance Marathon, and serves as president of Kirkwood's Phi Theta Kappa chapter, Alpha Eta Rho. In the fall she will be transferring to UNI to begin her journey in becoming a speech pathologist.



KCC Paisleykeegan Paisley

Keegan grew up in Solon, Iowa and currently lives in West Liberty. He is enrolled in the Computer Support Specialist and Network and System Administration programs. While acting as president for Kirkwood's Cyber Defense Club, Keegan is also working toward his career goals in cybersecurity through an internship with ProCircular's GRC department. He plans to graduate and continue his path to becoming a Cybersecurity Analyst. Keegan's favorite memory of Kirkwood is winning his first cybersecurity competition with his mentors in 2022.


Des Moines Area Community College

DMACC AlexanderElsie Alexander

I am majoring in Economics and minoring in mathematics, and plan to transfer to ISU in the fall of 2024. I have been awarded the DMACC Foundation Scholarship. I have been on the Dean’s and President’s list. I work part-time at the Dutch Oven Bakery in Boone. I have a second job where I help a family with three children under the age of five by cooking meals at the beginning of the week and babysitting for them.


DMACC Armitage

isabella armitage

My name is Bella Armitage. I am a second-year nursing student at the Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC), Carroll campus. I currently plan to successfully complete my last semester of my Associate of Applied Science (AAS); that will lead me to taking boards and becoming a Registered Nurse (RN). I plan to attend a university in the fall to obtain my Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. I love biology and learning about the human body! Because of this, I plan to someday become a Professor and teach Nursing. 


DMACC Baileygrace bailey

I am majoring in liberal arts, and I plan to transfer to a 4-year university in the fall to major in agricultural business. I am still undecided on where I will transfer. I am in the DMACC Honors Program and have been awarded the DMACC Valedictorian Honors Scholarship. I have also received DMACC Foundation, Twin Cedars Dollars for Scholars, Chariton Valley, Farm Bureau, Rena Fee Welch, and Ham Moore scholarships. I have been on the President’s list every semester at DMACC. I am a student athlete and have been involved in many volunteering activities. These activities have included raking leaves, reading to elementary students, clothes drive, and Discovery. I am also a three-time recipient of first team ICCAC Academic All-Region.

DMACC Burrellarlando burrell

Arlando is studying business and plans to transfer to the University of Iowa next fall and major in finance. He was awarded the DMACC Foundation Scholarship and received the DMACC Provost’s Award for High Scholastic Achievement. Arlando is also involved in Fellowship club at DMACC West Campus and works part-time at a warehouse and as a baseball umpire during the spring and summer.



DMACC Cruchelowhunter cruchelow

I am currently majoring in liberal arts. As I am pursuing my degree I am also going to school become an EMT. Once I have completed my associates degree and EMT I am planning on going to further school to become a paramedic. After that I am wanting to become a firefighter and help people throughout my community. 



DMACC Elliottjoshua elliott

I am pursuing a degree in Agricultural Engineering with plans to transfer to Iowa State University in Fall 2024. My background includes 10 years of service in the Army as an AH-64D Apache Armament, Electronics, and Avionics System Repairer, with deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. Currently, I work as an Automation Technician at Danfoss Power Solutions. Academically, I have achieved distinction through the DMACC President’s List (9th award) and have been recognized with scholarships such as the American Legion of Iowa Foundation Scholarship (2023) and the DMACC CEO Golf Invitational Scholarship (2021). My military honors include the Army Commendation Medal x 5, Army Achievement Medal x 8, Good Conduct Medal x 3, NATO International Security Assistance Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, and Iraqi Campaign Medal. Outside of my professional and academic endeavors, I am dedicated to my family, sharing my life with my spouse of five years and our three children; ages 12, 7, and 2. They are my inspiration and the foundation of my determination.

DMACC Gonzalezkarina gonzalez

I am majoring in Conservation Biology with plans to transfer to the Pacific Northwest in the fall of 2025 to continue my education. I have plans to complete up to a master’s degree with either forestry or marine/wildlife conservation in mind, and minor in sustainability or environmental science. I received the Alumni Association Scholarship and the Jason B. Roberts Memoria Scholarship through the Foundation Scholarship program with DMACC. I participated in the IINspire LSAMP program with Iowa State University in the summer of 2023. I have been placed on the Dean’s List three semesters in a row at DMACC (including the Spring, Summer, and Fall of 2023).


DMACC Ironsidehannah ironside

I am majoring in Kinesiology and plan to transfer to ISU in the fall of 2024. I plan to become a Physical Education teacher with a K-12 specialization, and eventually obtain my master's degree. I have earned these recognitions at DMACC: • DMACC Foundation scholarship: F. William Beckwith Scholarship recipient • DMACC Foundation Scholarship Walter & Lucille Murken Endowment recipient • DMACC Softball Team Captain • DMACC Softball Leadership Council • I am a full-time student-athlete • Fall 2022 Academic All-Region First Team • Spring 2023 Academic All-Region First Team • Fall 2023 Academic All-Region First Team


DMACC Jepsonkatoya jepson

I am a Psychology major and will transfer to Iowa State University in the Fall of 2024. After completing my bachelor’s degree, I plan to attend Law School. • I am in the DMACC Honors Program and Vice President of our PTK chapter. • I am the Vice President of the In My Boots group on the Boone campus. • I was awarded the “Nancy Handley Endowment Scholarship” and the “F. William Beckwith Scholarship” through the DMACC Foundation. • I have been on the Dean’s List once and the President’s List three times. • I attended the INSPIRE LSAMP convention in Iowa City, Fall 2023. • I participated in the Regional PTK Meeting in the Fall of 2023. • I work and attend school both full-time while helping raise 7 children. • I have participated in campus activities, such as the In My Boots 5K, the sock drive, Dive Into DMACC, the College Transfer Fair, and the PTK induction ceremonies.

DMACC Juarezcarmen juarez

I am majoring at DMACC in Biology and plan to transfer to ISU in the fall of 2024 to major in Genetics. I have been awarded the ISGC undergraduate research scholarship, DMACC Foundation Scholarships, and the Provost Award. I am a PTK Chapter Officer. I participated in a summer research program called LSAMP RISE-UP at ISU and I have presented my research at the LSAMP Symposium and at the annual LSMRCE Conference.


DMACC Kerkhoffabigail kerkhoff

My name is Abby Kerkhoff and I am a second-year nursing student at the Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC), Carroll campus. I am also Co-President of our Phi Theta Kappa chapter, Beta Theta Xi.  I will earn my Associate's Degree in Nursing this May! After graduation, I plan to pass my boards and apply to be an OB nurse. While I am getting experience working in a hospital, I will be taking online classes through Grand Canyon University to earn my Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree. From there, I intend to continue working and earning my Master of Science in Nursing (MSN).  


DMACC Kibosszawadi kiboss

Zawadi Kiboss is originally from Kenya. She is attending the Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC), Carroll campus, and will be graduating this May with her Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Nursing. She is really interested in community health and providing care to underrepresented people in healthcare. She intends to go back to Kenya and work in rural and remote healthcare facilities and will work to address the knowledge gap, empowering individuals to take control of their health.


DMACC Knoblochdayton knobloch

Dayton Knobloch will graduate this spring with an Associate's degree in marketing. He has been awarded the American Berkshire Association’s scholarship & DMACC Foundation scholarships. Last spring, he studied abroad in London through DMACC. He serves as the treasurer of DMACC FBLA and has attended 2 Career Connection Conferences and 1 State Leadership Conference. He also currently has a part-time internship with Berkwood Farms, managing their social media platforms. His future plans include working remotely to pursue his dreams of world travel.

DMACC McNaughtonrylee mcnaughton

I am in the Business Transfer program at DMACC and will to transfer to Iowa State University in the fall of 2024 to major in Finance. I have been on the DMACC Dean’s list as well as the DMACC President’s list. Additionally, I am a recipient of the Accounting and Financial Women’s Alliance Scholarship, DMACC Foundation Scholarship, Boone Rotary Club Scholarship, Blanche Boyd Scholarship, and the Harold Grant Scholarship, which have played a crucial role in supporting my educational journey. Beyond academics, I work as an administrative intern at the Iowa Department of Transportation in the Finance Bureau, and I contribute to my community through volunteering with the Adopt a Highway program.

DMACC Millerbailey miller

Bailey Miller is a second-year Criminal Justice major from Leon, Iowa. She is also completing certificates for Crime Scene Technician and Homeland Security. She plans to enter the Criminal Justice workforce after graduation in May to pursue a career as a Crime Scene Technician. During her time at DMACC, Bailey has received several scholarships and grants, including the Last-Dollar Scholarship and DMACC Foundation Scholarship. She is currently interning with Decatur County Sheriff’s Office. Bailey is married with two children and a third on the way. Bailey decided to go back to school “to show my kids that no matter what stage of life you are in, it is never too late to follow your dreams.”

Nguyendavid nguyen

David Nguyen will be graduating from the Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) and Valley High School in May of 2024 with an AA in Liberal Arts and a Certificate in Data Science. He plans to transfer to a four-year university after graduation. At DMACC, he is currently serving his second term as Phi Theta Kappa’s VP of Scholarship. He was awarded the Diversity Commission Student Award for two consecutive years for contributing to DEI efforts in our chapter. He is also active in DMACC's Honors Program, where he is working with Dr. Laurie Linhart (Director of Honors) to introduce Artificial Intelligence guidelines into the curriculum. In his “normal” high school life, David is pursuing the Seal of Biliteracy in Spanish and Vietnamese at Valley High School, and he also serves as the VP of the Senior Student Body at Stanford Online High School.

DMACC Padgetallyson padget

I am majoring in English, and I plan to transfer to Western Carolina University in North Carolina in the fall of 2024. I am a high school valedictorian and all-state academic recipient. I am in the DMACC honors program, and I have been on the President’s list. At DMACC, I volunteer for men’s and women’s basketball, volleyball, and softball.



DMACC Payneamanda payne

As an ardent believer in life-long learning, Amanda Payne has sought to gain a deeper understanding of the world around us through her passion for science. In her time at Des Moines Area Community College, she has taken an active role in Phi Theta Kappa leadership, spearheading their first annual Voter Registration Drive and their inclusive Quiet Sensory Pop-up Room during midterms and finals. Additionally, Amanda has repeatedly earned a spot on the President's List and has been honored with a DMACC Foundation Scholarship. Through the DMACC Honors program, she led a team to conduct a successful winter coat drive benefiting vulnerable members of the local community. In her individual Honors project, she is conducting scientific research to help us better understand the microscopic world around us. Finishing up her time at DMACC’s Ankeny Campus with a degree in Science and Biotechnology, Amanda now looks to continue her studies at Iowa State University where she will major in Biochemistry. Originally from southeast Iowa, she now calls Des Moines home where she has raised her three (almost) grown children with her husband of 22 years. Amanda is a testament to the growth that happens when you step outside of your comfort zone.

DMACC Salyarskyleia salyars

I am pursuing a dual major in Business and Interior Design and intend to transfer directly to a four-year university this upcoming fall. I am actively involved on the DMACC Softball team and have earned a position on the PTK All Iowa Academic team. Furthermore, my academic achievements include consistent placement on both the Presidents List and the Deans List since 2022. During high school, I was dual-enrolled in numerous college courses at Muscatine Community College. Following, I have attained recognition as a member of the First- All Academic Team, an accolade acknowledging the academic accomplishments of college athletes who excel both in their studies and sports.

DMACC Schomakermegan schomaker

My name is Megan Schomaker, and I am a non-traditional student at DMACC. After working in the financial sector for over twenty years, I realized that was not my passion. Julia Child once said “The measure of achievement is not winning awards. It’s doing something that you truly appreciate, something you believe is worthwhile.” Thankfully some life-changing events brought me to Iowa, and the pandemic brought me back to my roots--BAKING! I recently earned my diploma in Baking and Pastry Arts at the Iowa Culinary Institute here at DMACC and was on the President’s and Dean’s Lists. I have been awarded the Kibbie Grant, DMACC CEO Golf Invitational Scholarship, and DMACC Foundation Scholarships. Now, I am finishing the last of my courses to earn an associate degree in general studies. After graduation, I intend to transfer to the University of Iowa to earn my bachelor’s degree. I am married to an amazing man, we have a blended family including 5 children, and we enjoy life with our two basset hounds and 4 cats.

DMACC Smithwhitney smith

Transferring to Drake in Fall 2024 majoring in Law, Politics and Society
President’s List DMACC
TRIO member
First generation college student



DMACC Wattersjoshua watters

For me, engineering is the driving force of my return to higher education. This spurs to life through curiosity and persists through a lifetime of determination. The balance of electrical coursework and the ability to lean into my aptitudes (programming) made the decision for me. I discussed my thoughts with my mentor and honors advisor, and it is not just exciting but quite logical. This is why the college of Electrical/Computer Engineering is a perfect fit for me. I plan to transfer to Iowa State University after my time at DMACC. As a 40-year-old returning student, I am more organized, and plan-oriented than I have ever been. I am focused and driven to achieve my goal of completing higher education. My course load is challenging; I have worked hard to get the best grades possible. I returned to school 4 semesters ago after leaving in 2007. In the time since I’ve been back, I have earned the Presidents’ List award twice and the Dean’s List once. Last summer, I was enrolled in full-time coursework as well as a full-time internship (40 hours a week). This internship, sponsored by the Department of Energy at Ames National Laboratory, was a data science workshop for energy solutions and machine learning. I consider this machine learning experience pivotal in my education. In fall 2023, I completed two DMACC Honors Projects, one for Calculus and the other for Chemistry where I applied what I learned at Ames Lab.

DMACC Winkererin winker

I am currently majoring in English Education with a minor in ESL/TESOL and I plan to transfer to the University of Northern Iowa (UNI) in the fall of 2024. My senior year of high school, I was awarded ten scholarships, which allowed me to pay for both my freshman and sophomore years at DMACC without taking out loans or incurring any debt. I joined DMACC to play on the Women’s Golf Team which allowed me to earn more scholarships including a DMACC Foundation Athletic Scholarship and a CEO Golf Invitational Scholarship. During my freshman year at DMACC I joined the Future Business Leaders of America club, I attended the FBLA Conference held in Omaha in 2022, I joined the Student Activities Council (SAC) my freshman year and now serve as the Treasurer, I joined the DMACC Honors Program my sophomore year,  I have been on the President’s List, I have earned the First Team All-Region Academic Award, I volunteered for the Dive (and Dig) Into DMACC events in September and January for both PTK and SAC. For my Honors class, I was a part of a service-learning project that delivered holiday cards to area nursing homes.

Western Iowa Tech Community College

WITCC Englekatelyn engle

I'm a biology major student and an officer of Beta Zeta Mu chapter at Western Iowa Tech and my goal is to go to medical school to became a physician. I am a chemistry tutor and have volunteered for several community and national ally fundraising projects to help low income students with their educational needs.



WITCC Griffinbradley griffin

After graduating high school and beginning college, I had to cut my time short due to being incapacitated by illness. However, while in recovery, I began to take classes at WIT to continue my education. Since then, I have reached a point of finishing my associate's degree this semester, in order to build towards my future dream of law school.



WITCC Olivernatahn oliver

Nathan is a U.S. Job Corps transfer student from Salt Lake City, Utah, who moved to Denison, Iowa, in 2022. He matriculated to Western Iowa Tech Community College's Denison campus for the nursing program he currently attends and enjoys working as a TRIO peer tutor. Nathan is working towards his objective of a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree focusing on clinical pathology and community health education. He aims to pursue and realize his goal of becoming a practicing physician, where he hopes to provide care for his community.


Iowa Western Community College

IWCC Daltonsunshine dalton





IWCC Fergusonrobert ferguson

My academic journey is rooted in nursing, a field where I am passionately committed to implementing change within the profession. My immediate goal is to specialize in acute psychiatric health, addressing the urgent needs of those facing mental health challenges. This goal is a stepping stone toward my long-term aspiration to become a mental health nurse practitioner. Beyond academics, I actively participate in community and leadership roles. I started a campus study group to foster collaborative learning and am a part of Optimists International, an organization dedicated to bringing out the best in youth, communities, and ourselves. I also have a love for the outdoors and penchant for puns, wordplay, riddles, logic puzzles, and strategy games.

IWCC Holtkelly holt





IWCC Jeffersonaveri jefferson

Hello, my name is Averi Jefferson, and I am currently a student at Iowa Western Community College! I am currently on the way to graduating this Spring 2024 with my associate in general studies. After I intend to transfer to a four-year university to continue studying Business. Currently my career goals are to explore and find what I am passionate about. My activities are normally going to school and working. If I am not doing either of those I am working out, reading a book, or going to sporting events. I am also one of the Presidential Scholars here at Iowa Western.

IWCC Putnamskyler putnam

Hello, I'm Skyler Putnam. My degree is Electronic Engineering Technology at Iowa Western Community College. My goals for my career is to repair electronics for a living. I'm heavily involved in various tech support jobs alongside helping my friends fix anything electronic wise that they come across. I'm a huge tech nerd, I keep up to date with any and all new tech advances as it's a hobby of mine. Thank you for considering me for the PTK All USA Scholarship. Skyler Putnam.


Southwestern Community College

SWCC Hewettgrayson hewett

I am involved with Phi Theta Kappa, Vice President of Service. My service involved contributing to our chapter's College projects and participating in PTK-related fundraisers. I am also involved with the Choir at Southwestern Community College which presents concerts for the community and nearby schools. Participating in a local church is a vital part of my college experience. We gather together several times each week. My faith in Christ is the center of my life and I am excited to talk about what God has been teaching me with other students. God has given me a desire to go into the ministry. I will begin the next chapter of my life at Faith Baptist Bible College in Ankeny, IA to pursue a pastoral studies degree. I hope to pastor a local church and spread the gospel. I thank God for the growth I have experienced at Southwestern and in Creston over the last two years. He has given me instructors and mentors who have impacted my life and set me on this path.

SWCC Warren Andersonhallica warren-Anderson

My name is Hallica Warren-Anderson, I am 20 years old, and I’m from Alpha, Illinois. In my free time, I really enjoy cooking, crocheting, going to the gym, listening to music, reading at the lake, or playing games with my little sister. I am finishing my second year at Southwestern Community College. During my time at SWCC, I have been a volleyball team captain, served as the Phi Theta Kappa Vice President of Fellowship, competed in state level BPA testing and placed 2nd nationally, been a student ambassador, made it on the President’s Honors List every semester, and placed on the NJCAA All-Academic First Team. When I graduate in May, I will receive a General Business AA and a Business Administration AAS. My plans after SWCC are undecided, but I am looking to find a school in a warm climate that allows me to continue my business pursuits and potentially a volleyball career.

Indian Hills Community College

IHCC Birknerrose birkner

Program: Associate of Arts
Awards and Honors: President’s List
Future Plans: I plan to transfer to Iowa State University to major in data science. I hope to work as a data analyst after graduation.


IHCC Cookcaleb cook

Caleb Cook is pursuing an Associates of Arts degree and plans to transfer to a four-year institution.




IHCC Gitongasamuel gitonga

Program: AAS in Aviation Maintenance Technology.
Awards and Honors: International Student Organization Scholarship, Dean’s List
Future Plans: I want to work for a small or mid-sized company that deals with inspecting, maintaining, and repair of aircraft. I am working on my private pilot’s license and want to fly as a hobby.


Revathi and LaShawnacaitlyn graham

Program: AAS Animal Science and Precision Farming
Awards and Honors: President's List Dean's List
Future Plans: When I graduate from IHCC I plan to work as a vet assistant while attending online classes to get my vet tech degree. I am also starting my own horse breeding business.


IHCC Jensenjayden jensen

Jayden Jensen is pursing an Associates of Applied Science degree in Construction Technology. Jayden received the 2023 Main Street Iowa Development Award and is currently training at Lockridge to become a project estimator.



IHCC Kellydeann kelly

Program: AAS in Dental Hygiene
Awards and Honors: President’s Award
Future Plans: I plan to work as a dental hygienist in my rural hometown. I also want to educate the public of all ages through social media, workshops, and school visits on how to achieve and maintain oral health using proven researched methods and my own clinical experience.


IHCC Langfordsophie langford

Program: Associates of Arts in Secondary Education
Awards and Honors: President’s Academy Scholarship Dean’s List
Future Plans: I plan to obtain my bachelor’s in English Teaching from UNI and teach language arts/English at a low income high need school district.


Southeastern Community College

SCC Bertrammelissa bertram

Major: Respiratory Therapy
Future Plans: I want to work in Pediatrics and Neonatal Critical Care
Awards/Honors: GAMM Scholarship Recipient Phi Theta Kappa member Dean's List



SCC Johnsonadam johnson

Major: dual major mechanical and electrical engineering
Future Plans: I am enjoying my internship at Case New-Holland and hope to design large machines with lots of parts and different types of materials and processes.
Awards/Honors: National TSA CAD Engineering Finalist Iowa Youth STEM Board member Phi Theta Kappa member Dean's List Coca-Cola Scholarship Semifinalist Will end my high school senior year with an Associates Degree of Science


SCC Smithjordan smith

Major: Psychology
Future Plans: Clinical Mental Health Counseling; Obtaining an LMHC certificate
Awards/Honors: Dean's list, PTK Iowa Region Outstanding Student Leadership Award, SECC President’s Leadership Academy, Beta Eta Alpha Chapter President, SECC Student Board Vice President 

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