CLASS OF 2020:
Kathryn Hays is a Culver Fellow from Macomb, Illinois. She is majoring in International Relations and Political Science with a minor in French. She spent the spring of 2018 studying in France and the fall of 2018 serving as an intern at the French Embassy in Washington, DC as part of the Capitol Hill Internship Program. Kathryn’s passion for languages, traveling, and serving others has led her to pursue a future fighting for children’s rights internationally. Until then, you can find her reading to a multitude of engaged two-year-olds. She first became interested in public relations after receiving the honor of attending the Youth to Washington program, where she fostered her love of American politics. Kathryn is ecstatic to be a Culver Fellow and take advantage of all the wonderful opportunities available to her to further better the community.
Levi Lefebure is a Culver Fellow from Fairfax, Iowa. At Simpson College, he is majoring in Political Science, Mathematics, and History. He is involved with Cross-Country, Track & Field, the Iowa History Center, the Campus Election Engagement Project, the Student Athletic Advisory Council and Simpson Colloquium on campus. Upon leaving Simpson, Levi hopes to find work in the Political Methodology field. Policy has interested Levi from a young age as well as the numbers behind anything and everything. He is excited about being a Culver Fellow because it allows him to be as involved in politics on campus as possible. The opportunity of working with campaigns and candidates locally, the Capitol Hill Internship program, voter registration opportunities, and the many programs run on campus are all reasons Levi is ecstatic about being a Culver Fellow.
Erin Magoffie is a Culver Fellow from Anthem, Arizona. She is triple majoring in Political Science, English, and French with double minors in Biology and Sustainability Studies. She graduated from North Canyon High School and is an International Baccalaureate diploma recipient. In addition to being a Culver Fellow, Erin is also a Cowles Fellow, a member of the Speech and Debate team, a Wesley Service Scholar, a member of the Delta Delta Delta Women's Fraternity and she works in the Simpson's Admissions Office as a Student Ambassador. During her time at Simpson, Erin has spent a semester studying abroad in Tahiti, where she interned for the U.S. Consulate Agency, and she interned in Washington, D.C. in the spring of 2019 for Earthjustice, the nation's largest nonprofit environmental law firm. In addition, Erin has worked for U.S. Congressman Andy Biggs at his DC office, along with former U.S. Congressman Trent Franks and former US Senator John McCain at their Arizona offices. Erin has also completed research at Biosphere 2, the world's largest facility for Earth processing and environmental science research. After graduating, Erin would like to pursue environmental law. Erin is excited to be a Culver Fellow, as it is an opportunity that allows her to expand her current political ideals and show Simpson what she has to offer in terms of political knowledge.
Kelsey Poppe is a Culver Fellow from Ionia, Iowa. She graduated from Nashua-Plainfield High School before coming to Simpson. She is double majoring in Business Management and Psychology, with a minor in Human Resources. After graduation, she hopes to attend law school. In addition to being a Culver Fellow, Kelsey is involved with Simpson Women’s Golf Team and Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society.
Abby Schulte is a Culver Fellow from Keota, Iowa, majoring in History and Political Science. Along with the Culver Fellowship, she is a member of the Speech and Debate team, Career Peers mentorship program, and serves as Simpson's Lead Vote Everywhere Ambassador for the Andrew Goodman Foundation. Abby's passion for public service began while working on a civic engagement project during the 2016 Iowa Caucus that involved getting presidential candidates to visit her small rural high school. She has carried this passion throughout her Culver Fellowship as she has held internships at Congressman Dave Loebsack's District Office in Iowa City, the Iowa Quilt Museum, and participated in the Capitol Hill Internship Program in Washington D.C. She has also been inducted to the Iowa Second District Democrats Hall of Fame, the Phi Alpha Theta National Honor Society in History, and the Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society. Currently, Abby is working as the Undergraduate Assistant in the Simpson College Archives. After graduation, Abby plans to pursue a career in museums studies.
Quinn Slaven is a Culver Fellow from Mason City, Iowa. Quinn has always had a passion for public service and leadership. In high school, he worked as an intern for Martin O’Malley’s presidential campaign, where he was able to gain first-hand experience in the political world. In 2017, he traveled to New York over Spring Break to take part in a service trip addressing homelessness and hunger. Later that year, Quinn organized an event sponsored by the Culver Center titled “The Future of Conservatism in the Trump Era.” Quinn worked to bring prominent Republicans to campus, drafted and revised questions with other fellows, organized logistics, and co-moderated the event with Culver Fellow Stacey Post. In 2018, he was an intern on David Young's campaign for US Congress. In addition to being a Culver Fellow and partaking in the political science and public relations programs, Quinn plays football for Simpson College. Upon graduation, he hopes to continue his education and work in politics and public relations. “Joining the Culver Fellows, and attending Simpson College, have been two of the most rewarding experiences of my life.”
Jake Stoulil is a Culver Fellow from Kansas City, Missouri, where he graduated from Park Hill High School. He is pursuing a double major in Actuarial Science and Economics & Finance, as well as a double minor in Political Science and Computer Information Systems. Jake became interested in politics while participating in debate in high school. Jake is the Lincoln-Douglas Event Undergraduate Assistant for the Speech and Debate Team. Along with being a part of the Simpson Speech and Debate Team and being a Culver Fellow, Jake is also a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity. In the summer of 2018, Jake completed his first Actuarial internship at Athene in West Des Moines.
Amir Suljic is a Culver Fellow from West Des Moines, Iowa. He is double majoring in Political Science and History with a Minor in Public Relations. At Simpson, he is currently involved with the Speech and Debate and Mock Trial teams. His interest in politics began as he grew older and began to understand his Bosnian heritage and the opportunities being born in the United States has given him; as well as how staying politically active can change not only one’s own life, but a community as a whole. Amir previously interned for eight months with the Iowa Senate Democratic Research Staff at the Iowa State Capitol. He currently serves as the Event Management Director/Voter Involvement Chair for the Bosniak-American Association of Iowa and is the Public Policy Intern for the Greater Des Moines Partnership. His future career plans are to become a lobbyist or policy analyst and run for public office.
Kyler Zielsdorf is a Culver Fellow from Merriam, Kansas, where he graduated from Shawnee Mission North High School. He is pursuing a double major in Political Science and Criminal Justice, with aspirations of attending law school and joining the United States Marine Corps upon graduation. In addition to being a Culver Fellow, Kyler also is a member of the Men’s Soccer team. Kyler is honored to have been chosen as a Culver Fellow and enjoys being involved on campus and in the community.
CLASS OF 2021:
Emily Bell is a Culver Fellow from Aurora, Colorado. She graduated from Cherokee Trail High School and is currently majoring in Business Management at Simpson. Emily plans to attend law school at the University of Denver in Denver, Colorado. The Culver Fellowship interests her because it offers a lot of unique opportunities in the political field that will broaden her knowledge and benefit her future career goal. Emily is involved in many activities at Simpson, including softball and Speech and Debate. She is also a student ambassador in the Admissions office. Politics are important to Emily because they are a force that can drive change. “Being a Culver Fellow is the first step in improving my political knowledge to begin to make a difference in this world.”
Katie Cardoza is a Culver Fellow from Springfield, Missouri, where she graduated from Central High School. Katie is majoring in International Relations and Political Science. At Simpson, Katie is on the swim team, Speech and Debate team, Model United Nations team, and a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. She gained an interest in international politics when she started her high school’s Model United Nations team. As a Culver Fellow, Katie hopes to be a part of the Capitol Hill Internship Program, help spread political knowledge, and work beside influential people. After Simpson, she would like to advocate international peace.
Daniel Estrada is a Culver Fellow from Gilbert, Arizona. At Simpson College, he is double majoring in Political Science and Psychology with a minor in Economics. He is looking to find future employment or internships in a law firm or public office. Daniel graduated from Perry High School and is a first-generation, Hispanic college student. On campus, he is involved in the Speech and Debate team, Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization, Campus Activities Board, Simpson Democrats, Intramurals, Pre-Law Society, and a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. His drive to pursue his interest in politics stems from understanding the struggle of lower-income families who wish to participate in politics. Daniel sees education as a means to lessen the effects of poverty and in turn, will provide a more informed, tolerant group of citizens who exercise the right to vote. He hopes to promote the participation of voting on campus as well as increase outreach to students who don’t think they can afford college. “The decision I made to attend Simpson College was ultimately based on what The Culver Fellowship offered me as a first-generation college student. This program continues to provide me with the opportunity to explore what civic engagement truly means and a community to debate the nation’s biggest issues with a diverse pool of viewpoints and perspectives.”
Michael Roets is a Culver Fellow from Princeton, Texas. Michael is majoring in multimedia communications. In addition to his involvement with the Culver Fellows program, Michael is a member of The Storm’s tennis team, an actor in the theatre department, a debater, and a really big fan of Hamilton. “The Culver Fellowship has given me the opportunity to capitalize on the rich political environment of this part of Iowa, providing me with ample opportunities to learn how to turn the dreams of the classroom into the reality of our community.”
Joe Sams is a Culver Fellow from Indianola, Iowa. He is majoring in Political Science and Psychology, working towards a future in law school. In addition to the Culver Center, Joe is involved in Greek life, pre-law society, speech and debate, and intramurals.
Jailyn Seabrooks is a Culver Fellow from Alburnett, Iowa. She is majoring in Political Science and Religion. Besides the Culver Fellowship, she is involved in Speech & Debate, Residence Life, Kappa Kappa Gamma, Simpson Democrats, Andrew Goodman Foundation and Model UN. She has interned with NewBoCo in Cedar Rapids and the Fred Hubbell campaign. She decided to pursue a career in politics after being involved in an organization, Iowa Student Learning Institute, that advocates for the involvement of students in educational leadership. After graduation, she hopes to work for a nonprofit focused on getting more women in politics.
Natasha Shipp is a Culver Fellow from Oskaloosa, Iowa. Natasha is double majoring in Political Science and Applied Philosophy. She obtained her passion for politics and public service while debating in high school and as she worked on the Hillary for Iowa Campaign in 2015 and 2016. While at Simpson, Natasha has enjoyed several wonderful opportunities such as interning on the Hubbell for Governor campaign and attending a civic engagement conference at Harvard. Giving a voice to those less fortunate remains an important goal for Natasha. She plans on using her experiences from Simpson College and the Culver Fellowship to advocate healthcare policy issues in Iowa. Natasha is thrilled to work with the other Culver Fellows to better the communities we all hold dear.
Chase Thurston is a Culver Fellow from Wapello, Iowa. He is majoring in Multimedia Communication while at Simpson. In high school, Chase was involved in Boy Scouts of America, attaining the coveted rank of Eagle Scout. In addition to Culver Fellows, he is also involved with the Speech & Debate team, SC Democrats, and CAB Marketing. Chase was drawn to Simpson and to the Culver Fellows program by his interest in politics and expressing his political beliefs. He feels that Simpson is very open and active in terms of discussing current political matters. Upon graduation, Chase plans to attend graduate school to pursue a Master’s degree in Journalism.
Geoff Van Deusen III is a Culver Fellow from Olathe, Kansas, where he graduated from Olathe Northwest High School. He is majoring in Political Science and history. He plans to attend law school after he graduates from Simpson College. Geoff is a leader on the Speech and Debate team, president of the Simpson College Democrats, and recruitment chair for Lambda Chi Alpha. He is excited to be a Culver Fellow because he wants to get civically engaged while getting members of his community engaged, as well.
CLASS OF 2022:
Paula 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 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 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 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 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.
Margaret (Maggie) Nielsen is a Culver Fellow from Hastings, Nebraska, where she graduated from Hastings Senior High School. Maggie is currently studying German here at Simpson College. maggie is involved with the college band, the debate, and Model UN teams, the Writing Fellows program, and works with the Simpson College Religious Life Community. Her hopes for after Simpson include going to graduate school to obtain a master's degree in Religion and International Relations. but for now, Maggie is looking forward to all the experiences that come with being a Culver Fellow. She most looks forward to helping get her peers involved in politics through the democratic process and continuously observing the political differences that Iowa can offer.
Ava 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
Eli Newson is a Culver Fellow from Denver, Colorado. They are planning on majoring in Multimedia Journalism and Communications, and are involved in campus activities such as Speech & Debate, Pride Club, and Improv Club. Eli has been involved in multiple civic engagement activities such as the YMCA's Youth in Government, One Colorado, and various voter registration programs. After Simpson, Eli hopes to write and share news stories highlighting the struggles of economic and social minorities in the United States.
Sam 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.
Diana Sagastizado is a Culver Fellow from Osceola, Iowa. While attending Clarke High School, she was involved in Family, Community, and Career Leaders of America where she conducted two community service projects of her own. Diana was in the National Honor Society, Student Council, FCA, and played basketball and soccer. During the summer of 2019, she worked as a full-time intern at Osceola City Hall. At Simpson, she is planning to double major in political science and communications. She is involved in SGA, representing the first-year class as president. She is also involved in the debate team and plans to get involved with Greek Life and the Religious Life Community.
Marissa Salber is a Culver Fellow from Millard North High School in Omaha, Nebraska. She was involved in volleyball, the debate team, the National Honor Society, the French Honor Society, Mustang Mentors, and the student council. She also volunteered at CHI Lakeside Hospital. At Simpson, she is majoring in political science and minoring in graphic design. She is a member of the volleyball and debate teams and is an interfaith leader.
Monserrat 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 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.
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