- Excellent communication skills both written and verbal.
- Fast learner, works well independently and as a team member.
- Extensive experience working with the public, with a broad understanding of government infrastructure.
Who's Who Among American High School Students (2003)
Who's Who Among American College Students (2007)
2nd Place-All Campus Writing Contest (May 2007)
- Recieved award in May 2007 for the economic research paper titled "A Choice: Vote with your Feet or Stay Put." Paper was also presented earlier in the year at the Morningside College Palmer Student Research Symposium.
Nebraska Society Intern Scholar, (Awarded Summer 2006)
- Program created to recognize outstanding Nebraska residents who wish to pursue a career in public service. It gives young Nebraskans an opportunity to live, work, and learn in the public, private, or volunteer sector of Washington, D.C. Selected students are recognized by members of the Nebraska Delegation.
Executive Council Representative, Morningside College Civic Union (2003-2007)
- This organization works to encourage civic engagement while at the same time promoting awareness of political and social issues; providing opportunities for students to become involved in local, state, and national communities; and providing students with a forum for social justice and political discussion.
- Participated in the Morningside Democracy Project by registering over 400 new voters on the Morningside College campus.
- Assisted with Satellite Voting held two weeks before Election Day.
Researcher/Presenter, Palmer Research Symposium, Sioux City, IA (Spring 2005-Spring 2007)
- "A New Type of Terrorist Reaction from Aum Shinrikyo to Al Qaeda." (senior thesis)
- "A Choice: Vote with your Feet or Stay Put."
- "Revisiting the Truman Presidency-Institutionalization and the Emergence of the Modern Presidency."
- "The Morningside Democracy Project."
- "The Party Press in America vs. Contemporary United States Press."
Aug 2003 - May 2007
Bachelor of Arts
Aug 2004 - Present
Aug 2004 - May 2007
The Collegian Reporter
- The offical newspaper of Morningside College.
- Wrote and edited weekly articles on news, opinion, and sports.
- Assisted with editing and page layout, and photography as needed.
Jan 2006 - Aug 2006
- National, non-partisan organization dedicated to informing the public about responsible fiscal policy.
- Assisted Concord field staff with media outreach, event planning, and conducting outreach activities.
- Gave presentations to area service clubs, student groups and classes.
- Traveled to national office in Arlington, VA, last summer for greater exposure to an interest group environment.
May 2006 - Jul 2006
United States House of Representatives
- Assisted with phone calling, mailings, and canvassing.
- Served as event volunteer during campaign stops in Sioux City, Iowa.
- Led tour groups and provided information about Capitol History to guests and constituents.
- Performed research and investigation to communicate with constituents and answer any questions or concerns.
- Communicated with other congressional staffers to encourage support on agenda.
May 2005 - Jul 2005
- Worked with reporters writing and editing stories, learned successful photography skills and assisted anchors when needed.
Aug 2002 - Dec 2002
The Neligh News and Leader
Part of the Neligh-Oakdale High school-to-career program.
- Gained experience in office work.
- Learned how to type set and aided in the publishing of a weekly newspaper.