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Current Culver Fellows

Serving as ambassadors for the John C. Culver Public Policy Center, welcoming distinguished speakers to campus and leading voter registration and civic engagement initiatives

CLASS OF 2022:

Paula CarlsonPaula Carlson is a Culver Fellow from Thomas Jefferson High School in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She is majoring in Health Services Leadership and Applied Philosophy with minors in Health and Exercise Science and the Honors Program. her goal is to become a healthcare lobbyist or health attorney that specializes in defending medical professionals in malpractice lawsuits. At Simpson, she is a student manager for the softball team, participates in the Student Alumni Association and Pre-Law Society, and is an undergraduate assistant in the Office of Admissions. She is looking forward to being a Culver Fellow due to the opportunities of networking and connections she will be able to gain through the program.

Kylie DoupnikKylie Doupnik is a Culver Fellow from Harvard, Nebraska. She plans on majoring in Political Science and hopes to attend law school after college. On campus she is involved in Speech and Debate and Women’s Chorale. She is also an active member of P.R.I.D.E, Simpson Feminists and serves as secretary for Simpson Democrats. Kylie is very excited for all the opportunities being a Culver Fellow will provide her.

 

Taylor HoffmanTaylor Hoffman is a Culver Fellow from Okoboji, Iowa. She graduated from Okoboji High School and plans to major in English with a possible double major in either Political Science or Psychology. She hopes to attend law school after graduating from Simpson. Besides the Culver Fellowship, Taylor is involved in the Speech and Debate program and plans to take advantage of Simpson’s intramurals and service opportunities. Taylor is excited to be a part of the Culver Fellowship because she believes in the importance of political activism and giving back to her community.

 

Triniti KraussTriniti Krauss is a Culver Fellow from Grand Junction, Colorado. She graduated from Palisade High School and is an International Baccalaureate Diploma Recipient. She is majoring in Global Management and International Relations with a minor in Spanish. She is a member of Simpson’s Speech & Debate team and of Theatre Simpson. As a Culver Fellow, Triniti is excited to promote political participation and bipartisan conversation. 
 

Gabe MadsonGabe Madson is a Culver Fellow from Harlan, Iowa and graduated from Harlan Community High School. He plans to major in Business Management with a minor in Entrepreneurship. He is involved in Simpson College Republicans, trading card club, theatre, CEO, band, choir, jazz band, Fandom, and International club. He is most excited to get more involved in the political world as a young person and have his voice heard by others.

 

Ava ShannonAva Shannon is a Culver Fellow from West Liberty, Iowa. She graduated from West Liberty High School. Ava intends to major in Political Science. At Simpson, she is involved in Speech and Debate, On the House, PRIDE, and Simpson Feminists. Ava is excited to be a Culver Fellow because she is looking forward to participating in the Capitol Hill Internship Program and studying in the nation’s capital.

 

Jocelyn SmithJocelyn Smith is a Culver Fellow from Waukee, Iowa. During her time at Simpson College, she intends to major in Political Science. She is involved in choir and Theatre Simpson and hopes to continue her work with NextGen Iowa to register young voters across the state. Jocelyn has always been an advocate for various communities and is excited to continue those efforts at and around Simpson. She is excited about being a Culver Fellow because it allows her to make stronger connections with politicians from across the state and country.

Elise SturgeonElise Sturgeon is a Culver Fellow from Sioux City, Iowa where she graduated from North High School. In 2014 she interned for the Woodbury County Democrats and was an employee of the Iowa Democratic Party’s coordinated campaign in 2016. She was also very involved in the March for Our Lives movement and organized a student protest at her high school. Elise plans on majoring in Political Science while at Simpson and is looking forward to participating in Debate and Theatre. She is excited to join the Culver Fellows so that she can help others realize how important the political process is to our everyday lives and show how powerful people can be when they stand together for change. 

Noah TrujilloNoah Trujillo is a Culver Fellow from Littleton, Colorado. he graduated from Arapahoe High School in 2018 and is double majoring in History and Political Science. Noah is glad that the Culver Center gives him opportunities to get involved with politics in ways not many other institutions and organizations are able to. 

 

 

Maria VeaseyMaria Veasey is a Culver Fellow from Houston, Texas and graduated high school from Oak Ridge. She plans to major in Forensic Science with a minor in Criminal Justice. She is a member of the women's soccer team. She greatly appreciates the opportunity to be a Culver Fellow because she gets to help out with new and exciting events that people will be able to enjoy as well as meet new people.

 

 

CLASS OF 2023:

Nyan Baker Nyan Baker is a Culver Fellow from Knoxville, Iowa and graduated from Knoxville High School. He plans to major in Criminal Justice and Political Science. He is a member of the Simpson Wrestling and Mock Trial teams and serves as President of Simpson College Republicans. He plans to attend law school after graduating from Simpson College.

 

Abby CozzoniAbby Cozzoni is a Culver Fellow from Wentzville, Missouri. She is majoring in elementary education with a minor in Spanish. She graduated from Timberland High School before attending Simpson College. She is a member of the women's soccer team. As a Culver Fellow, she is eager to promote voter participation and help everyone realize they have a voice.

 

Donni KinghornDonni Kinghorn is a Culver Fellow from Shenandoah, Iowa. During her time at Simpson, Donni plans to major in Political Science. Outside of the Culver Fellowship, Donni is involved with the Women's Tennis team, Kappa Kappa Gamma, and the Honors Program. She is excited to be a Culver Fellow so she can take part in political activism at Simpson College. After graduation, she plans to attend law school to pursue a career in civil rights law or immigration law.

 

Sam PorterSam Porter is a Culver Fellow from Castle High School in Newburgh, Indiana. Sam is originally from Phoenix, Arizona, where he participated on the Academic Decathlon team. Sam is double majoring in political science and graphic design at Simpson and is involved with Speech & Debate and Simpson College Democrats.

 

Marissa SalberMarissa Salber  is a Culver Fellow from Omaha, Nebraska and a graduate of Millard North High School. She is majoring in business management with a minor in graphic design. She plays on the Simpson volleyball team, competes in speech and debate, and serves as undergraduate assistant in the Career Center. Marissa is an Interfaith Fellow and a member of Pre-Law Society.

 

Monserrat SaucedoMonserrat Saucedo is a Culver Fellow from Springdale, Arkansas. Graduating from Har-Ber High School, she was involved in National Honor Society, French Honor Society, Mock Trial, Key Club, and was captain of the Debate and Forensics team. She is double majoring in Criminal Justice and Psychology. She is also involved in Speech and Debate, Wesley Service Scholars, and the Honors program.

 

Drake WoodDrake Wood is a Culver Fellow from Kansas City, Missouri, where is graduated from Blue Springs South High School. he is majoring in Political Science and plans to attend law school after graduation from Simpson College. In addition to the Culver Fellowship, Drake is involved with Speech and Debate, Greek Life, Wesley Service, and the Storm Overnight Squad. 

 

CLASS OF 2024:

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 Kylie Banouvong is a Culver Fellow from Sioux Falls, South Dakota, where she graduated from Washington High School. At Simpson she plans on majoring in psychology and attending law school after graduation. Additionally, she is involved in Speech and Debate and plans on taking advantage of the many other great opportunities Simpson has to offer.

 

current-culverAlyssa Beckwith is a Culver Fellow from Des Moines, Iowa. She graduated from Southeast Polk High School before attending Simpson College. During her time at Simpson, Alyssa plans to major in Psychology. After college Alyssa plans to attend law school. As a Culver Fellow, she is eager to promote voter participation at Simpson College. 

 

Duncan Christakos

Duncan Christakos is a Culver Fellow from Johnston, Iowa. He graduated from Johnston High School and is currently planning to major in International Relations, though he is also considering pursuing a degree in History, either in addition to or instead of his current major. The Culver Fellowship interests him because it is a collection of people with similar interests in politics and is an obvious start to a career in politics at any level. He is currently involved in Speech and Debate and is looking to join Model UN. Duncan has been interested in politics for many years and enjoys discussing current events and the impact they will have on the world around us.

Kacie Cowman

Kacie Cowman is a Culver Fellow from Winterset, Iowa, where she graduated from Winterset High School. While in high school, Kacie competed in debate and ran cross country. Kacie plans to major in Biology and study medicine after earning her bachelor’s degree from Simpson. In addition to the Culver Center, Kacie is involved in the Wesley Service Program, Religious Life, and intramural sports.

 

Andrew FloryAndrew Flory is a Culver Fellow from Kansas City, Kansas, where he graduated from Piper High School. He plans to major in International Relations and Political Science, with a minor in philosophy with an emphasis on ethics. Andrew designed the website for a candidate running for the Missouri House of Representatives in 2020. He is a member of the Simpson Speech & Debate team. After graduating from Simpson, he hopes to go into polling analysis or run for office at some point himself.

 

Megan Jahn

Megan Jahn is a Culver Fellow from Johnston, Iowa, where she graduated from Johnston High school. She plans to major in Political Science and minor in psychology on a pre-law track. Megan also participates in Speech and Debate and competes on the Women’s Volleyball team. She is very excited to develop new relationships and meet the amazing people that keep the world moving. 

 

Connor JunkinsConnor Junkins is a Culver Fellow from St. Charles, Iowa. A graduate of Interstate 35 High School, Connor is excited to bring his ideas to the Culver Center. While not yet deciding on a major, Connor is greatly interested in the fields of business and of course, politics. Connor found his interest for the political landscape through his family and friends, who have always been very outspoken about their beliefs. On his own time, Connor loves catching up on pop culture and keeping a healthy lifestyle. “While with the Culver Center, I hope I can help show people that politics doesn’t have to be so polarized, but rather a place where diverse backgrounds compromise for a better future.”

William KeckWill Keck is a Culver Fellow from Waukee, IA. He graduated from Waukee High School where he served as Student Body President and participated in Cross Country, Show Choir, and Track along with National Honor Society, Student Council, and Politics Club. At Simpson, he plans to major in Political Science, be on the Speech and Debate team, and participate in the honors program. He is also Chairman of the State of Iowa Youth Advisory Council and is planning to attend Law School in the future.

 

Scott Krueger

Scott Krueger is a Culver Fellow from Eagan, Minnesota. He graduated from Eagan High School, where he was a captain of the debate team. Scott is involved in Speech and Debate at Simpson College and is planning on majoring in Economics, pursuing a law degree afterward

 

Scout Peery Scout Peery is a Culver Fellow from Pittsburg, Kansas. While attending high school she was active in the National Honors Society, Key Club, Dragon Mentors, Speech and Debate, and was the president of her school’s NSDA Community Service Council. Scout plans to double major in Political Science and International Relations at Simpson College and will also be participating in Speech and Debate, Wesley Service, and Honors curriculum. After Simpson, she plans on attending law school and is currently interested in international and policy law fields. As a Culver Fellow, Scout is most excited about making connections with politicians and partaking in the Capitol Hill Internship Program.

Trenity RosenbergTrenity Rosenberg is a Culver Fellow from Sioux Falls, South Dakota, where they graduated from Washington High School. At Simpson they plan to study Philosophy and Spanish on a Pre-Law track. Furthermore, they are involved in Speech and Debate and Symphonic Band. 

 

Kaylee VavraKaylee Vavra is a Culver Fellow from Valentine, Nebraska. She graduated from Valentine Rural High School where she was involved in Mock Trial, Speech, One Acts, and National Honors Society. She is a freshman, currently planning on majoring in Political Science with an emphasis in Pre-Law. Kaylee is currently a member of Simpson Mock Trial and the Pre-Law Society. After graduating, Kaylee intends to attend law school. She is greatly honored to be a part of the Culver Fellows community and hopes to explore new opportunities, further her knowledge, and meet new and amazing people! 

 

 

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