“Marqui” is interested in Engineering, Math and Business. He is pursuing a degree in Engineering at Iowa State University. He likes weightlifting, basketball and volunteering at church. Referred to as a leader and an independent by past teachers, he has a bright future in front of him. 


Isaiah, Iowa State University

Isaiah is excited about pursuing a degree in computer science at Iowa State University, specifically in software engineering. While in high school he built, and programmed a surgical robot arm and discovered his passion for computer programming.  He likes reading, listening to music and being with friends.  He wants to make his family proud and prove that he can do anything he sets his mind to. 

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Shania, University of Northern Iowa

Shania always keeps her mind on the future to overcome any obstacles she encounters along the way. She is thrilled to be at University of Northern Iowa and has interest in Psychology and sociology. She enjoys hiking, animals and art. Shania wants to spread love and kindness through creativity.


Kasandra, University of Iowa

Kasandra holds records in cross country and track at her high school and is into physical fitness lifting and biking. She plans on pursuing a degree in exercise science and physical therapy. Kasandra has a passion for community service and giving back to the community and wishes to combine her interest in physical therapy and helping others.

Nicole, University of Northern Iowa

Nicole wants to help children realize the importance of a good education and has a passion for advocating for kids with special needs. She plans on pursuing a degree in Elementary and Special Education specializing in behavioral disorders and helping troubled youth. Nicole loves horses, animals and being outdoors. 


Alexander, Simpson College

Alexander has received many awards for chorus, speech, band cross country and academics, and is interested in majoring in Music Performance. Through opposition and struggle, Alexander chose to see better days through willpower and grit. Alexander strives to be the best version of himself because there is always an option for greatness. 


Deonte, Wartburg College

An Honor Roll student, Deonte has many interests including politics, banking and government, video games and sports. While he has not yet declared his major, he is considering majoring in economics or social work with a minor in German and wishes to travel to German speaking countries.



Haley, Morningside college

After receiving the awards of both Foreign Languages and Mathematics Student of the Month, Most Outstanding Novice in Debate, and two for her volunteering activities in high school, Haley is attending Morningside College where would like to earn degrees in nursing and Spanish. Haley enjoys exercise, coffee, cooking, traveling, and socializing.   


Talia, University of Northern Iowa

Talia earned both varsity and academic letters, a government participation achievement, and took part in hundreds of hours of volunteer work during her high school career all while being a homeless youth.  While attending UNI, Talia plans to do an independent project that would allow her to work one-on-one with children who are learning to read in addition to a double major in elementary education and early childhood education. She is a fan of tattoos, the outdoors, team sports, reading, and is a proud member of the LGBT community.  She is proud to be a role model for those who are going through the same struggles.  


Daniel is attending Iowa State University where he plans to major in Fine Arts and Design. He he enjoys Art, Worlds History and working out.  He wants to be the first person in his family to graduate from college. After graduating he plans on being an artist/freelance designer and open a studio to help other artists sell their artwork.



Having achieved honor roll for three semesters and multiple SILC Conference Basketball Teams Nate graduated from Keota High School and is attending Iowa Wesleyan University where he is playing basketball.  He plans to major in Business and to obtain a coaching degree simultaneously.  Nate loves competition and participated in football, basketball, and show choir while attending Keota High.  After graduating college he plans to work as a radio jockey while coaching high school or college basketball and to work toward earning his master's degree.


Renee, Northern Iowa Area Community College

After becoming a ward of the state at 14, Renee was placed in a foster home at 16 that she credits as having the necessary stability at home to get her back on track to graduate high school.  She adjusted her attitude, turned her grades around, and became self-motivated.  She did not limit improving her efforts only to academics but to her involvement in orchestra as well.  Renee has been playing the violin since the 5th grade and has always felt that it was a source of escape from everyday's stresses and problems.  She ended high school by lettering 7 times in orchestra, playing in the Wartburg College Orchestra, and at the all-Northeast Iowa Conference Music Festival.  Renee has declared her major in Music Therapy at NIACC, and plans to earn her bachelor's at Wartburg for her final 2 years.  In the long term, she would like to own a music therapy business and eventually become a foster parent.


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Her personal interests include taking care of others, music and travel. Her academic interests are biological psychology, and theories of world religions. Alaina enjoys taking classes that challenge her mind. She is interested in majoring in Psychology and Human Services.

Angela is pictured in Iowa City with her mentor Jennifer Loman.

Angela is pictured in Iowa City with her mentor Jennifer Loman.

Angela, University of Iowa

After graduating high school in Holstein, Iowa Angela has moved straight on to pursuing her degree in Studio Art.  While earning her diploma, she participated in varsity tennis, track, and cross country, in addition to being a member of 4-H and the National Honor Society.  Angela describes herself as an abstract artist and has already tried her hand in jewelry, paint, and sculpture.  She identifies with the abstract style in that it often breaks down the old ideas of the classical artists of old; it is about thinking different and breaking down preconceived ideas.  During high school, she was able to intern at the interior design firm Elements by K. Sorbe.  With hard work, the internship turned into an official position with the company and Angela was able to use it as an outlet to sell her paintings.  Since then, she has proudly started her own business with incoming commissions for painting, jewelry, jewelry repair, and other custom projects.  Angela plans to dive further into being a business owner and entrepreneur after college with the knowledge she gains pursuing her degree.


After becoming apart of the National Honor Society in high school, Andre moved on to Iowa State where we knew he wanted to work with computers.  He has since become a Management Information Systems (MIS) major with plans to get into cyber security after graduation.  Andre looks forward to using his skills to stop crime and put a dent in the fastest growing field of criminal activity in the world.  



Breanna is a very social person and enjoys meeting new people and making plans with friends.  She enjoys drawing, painting, and cuddling her cat.  Breanna is majoring in English with plans to become a middle school English teacher and is excited to become the first person in her family to attend and graduate college.  She looks forward to inspiring young people to gain knowledge and fulfill their dreams through a good education from a teacher who is invested in their success.  She is a strong believer in positivism and overcoming obstacles and hopes to inspire others around her to feel the same way.