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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:

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.

 

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.

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.

 

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. 

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.

 

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.

 

Noah TrujilloNoah Trujillo is a senior Culver Fellow from Littleton, Colorado majoring in History and Political Science. During his time at Simpson Noah has been a member of SGA, Speech & Debate, Active Minds, and Pre-Law Society. He has also held multiple leadership positions including his work as an SC Leader, student senator in SGA, being co-president of Native American Intertribal Association, founding Simpson Students for Andrew Yang, and serving as the Culver Center UGA for two years. After graduating, Noah plans to pursue a masters degree in history.

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.

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 majors in Political Science and Global Management and minors in Spanish. At Simpson College, she is the Event Coordinator at the Women & Gender Resource Center and on the Speech & Debate team. Triniti works as a debate coach and instructor with Valley High School in West Des Moines and BL Debate Academy in Canada. Throughout her time at Simpson, Triniti has worked as a writing fellow, been a recipient of the Interfaith Youth Core Grant on Religion & Politics, and given a TED talk at TEDx Des Moines, where she spoke on the importance of having political conversations with people you may disagree with.

 

CLASS OF 2023:

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.

 

Alice MedickAlice Medick graduated from Roosevelt High School in Des Moines, IA. This is her third year at Simpson College where she is majoring in Political Science and Criminal Justice while also minoring in Women's and gender studies. Alice is involved in mock trial and on the speech and debate team. She’s interned for the Iowa Democratic Party and has also volunteered with Planned Parenthood. Following graduation, she hopes to attend law school and eventually work in international public relations. 

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.

 

Marissa SalberMarissa Salber is a Culver Fellow from Omaha, Nebraska majoring in business management with a minor in economics. After graduation, she hopes to attend law school. She is gaining valuable experience in her legal assistant position for the Warren County Attorney and her previous internship in the compliance and legal departments at Farm Bureau Financial Services. On campus, she serves as president of Pre-Law Society, captain of the women’s volleyball team, undergraduate assistant in Career Development, member of speech and debate, and an Interfaith Fellow. She was inducted into Simpson’s circle of Omicron Delta Kappa Honor 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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

CLASS OF 2024:

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. 

 

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.

 

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.”

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.

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 Kylie Banouvongis a Culver Fellow from Sioux Falls, South Dakota, where she graduated from Washington High School. She is majoring in History and minoring in Psychology with plans to go to law school after graduation. Besides being a Culver Fellow, she is involved in Speech & Debate, Kappa Kappa Gamma, Pre-Law Society, and Active Minds.

 

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.

 

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. 

 

Will 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 Austin, Texas. They graduated from Washington High School in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. At Simpson they are double majoring in Philosophy and Spanish and plans to attend law school after graduating from Simpson College. In addition to the Culver Fellowship, Trenity is involved in Latinos Unidos, Symphonic Band, Pre-law society, and Speech and Debate.

 

CLASS OF 2025:

Ari Ari Ziegler is a Culver Fellow from St. Paul, Minnesota, where he graduated from Henry Sibley Sr. High School. At Simpson, he is active in Speech & Debate and on the Culver Center’s Programming Committee.

 

 

Meyer Abby Meyer graduated from Sumner-Fredericksburg High School in Sumner, Iowa where she was involved in athletics, show choir, National Honor Society, student government, and other organizations. She plans to major in Political Science with a possible double major in either Psychology or English with the hopes of attending law school after graduation. At Simpson, Abby is currently a member of the Honors program and the Simpson softball team. She is interested in becoming a member of the Mock Trial team and the Pre-Law Society and hopes to participate in the Capitol Hill Internship Program.

AbbyAbby Fry is a Culver Fellow from Kansas City, Missouri, where she graduated from Lees Summit North High School. At Simpson, she is active in Speech & Debate and serves on the Culver Center’s Political Events Committee.

 

CummingsCarson Cummings is a Culver Fellow from Story City, Iowa. While in high school Carson was active in mock trial, speech, boy scouts, and shooting sports. Carson has a passion for civic engagement and volunteerism, earning the rank of Eagle Scout. While studying political science at Simpson Carson Carson plans to be involved in shooting sports, speech and debate, mock trial, and of course, the Culver Fellowship. Following his time at Simpson College, Carson plans to attend law school and continue his passion for American politics. 

Elijah Elijah Keopuhiwa-Carvalho is a Culver fellow from Kealakehe High School in Kailua Kona, Hawaii. He is majoring in Criminal Justice and Environmental Science with a minor in Coaching. His goal is to become a police officer or a game warden/wildlife conservation officer. At Simpson, he plays football and plans to be involved in student clubs and other outside organizations. He appreciates the great opportunities available through the Culver Fellowship.

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Ilianna Murphy is a Culver Fellow from West Burlington, Iowa. She plans to major in political science and history and attend law school after college. While at Simpson, she participates in SGA, Speech and Debate, and Model UN. She is excited to be involved in Culver Fellows for the connections of the program and the opportunity to be engaged more with political events.

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Jay Ceperley Ceperley is a Culver Fellow originally from Hastings, Nebraska but now living in Clive, Iowa. Jay graduated from Hastings Senior High where he was a varsity swimmer and a member of National Honors Society. Jay is planning to study Political Science and History. At Simpson he is also a member of the Men's Swimming program. He was honored to be accepted into the Culver Fellowship and hopes to build a more politically active community in the Central Iowa Area.

 

Jeremyah GarlandJeremyah Garland is a Culver Fellow from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, currently studying physics and engineering. In his free time, he plays football at Simpson. After graduation, he would like to continue to play football for a couple of years and pursue a career in Aerospace engineering.

 

 

 

Kyle Kyle Werner is a Culver Fellow from Winterset, Iowa. While in high school, he was involved in speech, student council, drama, conservation club, as well as facilitating voter registration drives. He has also worked for a national Senatorial race, as well as a U.S Representative’s team. Kyle plans to major in political science and minor in environmental science and multimedia communications at Simpson College, hoping to go into environmental law. He is also involved with Speech and Debate, the honors program, and PRIDE.

lanelleeLanelle Cole is a Culver Fellow from Blue Springs, Missouri. She graduated from St. Michael the Archangel Catholic High School and plans to double major in Political Science and Economics. Lanelle is involved in Mock Trial and Theatre with hopes of being involved in Model UN. She is excited to be a Culver Fellow so she can become more politically active and learn more about possible political careers.

PetersenMadeline Petersen is a Culver Fellow from White Bear Lake, Minnesota and graduated from White Bear Lake Area High School. At Simpson, she is majoring in Political Science and Spanish with a minor in Latin American Studies. Madeline is involved in FCA, Spanish Club, and Latinos Unidos. She is also a member of the Simpson College softball team. After graduating, she plans to attend law school to become an immigration attorney. She is very excited for the experiences the Culver Fellowship has to offer.

Ryan Corcoran

Ryan Corcoran is a Culver Fellow from Sioux Falls, South Dakota where he graduated from Harrisburg High School. He plans to double major in English and Political Science on a Pre-Law track. Right now, he is involved on campus with Speech & Debate and is a member of band. 

 

townsend Teagan Townsend is a Culver Fellow originally from Boston, Massachusetts who graduated from Olathe East High School in Overland Park, Kansas. At Simpson, she is active in Speech & Debate and the Culver Center’s Political Events committee. Teagan plans to major in Political Science.

 

 

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