Mission of the 118th Class

We, the Thirteen Knights of the 118th Class of The Society of Innocents, will embody the pillars of superior academic achievement, unparalleled leadership, and selfless service.

Acting as one, we will defend...

Integrity: honoring our values when no one else is watching. We constantly hold ourselves to the highest standard; we strive to represent the best that our university has to offer, both for individual and collective growth.

Investment: devoting personal resources toward the betterment of others. As beneficiaries of intentional mentorship, we seek to reinvest into the communities that built us. Our actions set the tone for those who will follow in our footsteps.

Inclusivity: celebrating the diverse experiences of all who cross our paths. We will advocate for authentic and true equity across our realms of influence. Recognizing the unique attributes of each individual member ensures the strength of our organization.

We honor the history of the classes of Innocents who came before us, and we will uphold the traditions of our uniquely Nebraskan society.

The progress continues with us.

Bhagyalakshmi Pushkaran, President
Lincoln, NE

Bhagyalakshmi Pushkaran, daughter of Preetha Valsalakumariamma and Viji Pushkaran of Lincoln, is a Political Science and Mathematics double-major with a minor in Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication and a Public Policy Analysis Certificate. On campus, Bhagya is involved with the University Honors Program, NHRI Leadership Mentoring, the University of Nebraska Public Policy Center, the Chancellor’s Commission on the Status of People of Color, and ACTivate College Preparation Program. In the Lincoln community, she is involved with the Nebraska Human Resources Research Foundation Board of Directors, Indian Association of Nebraska-Lincoln, and is a peer mentor and tutor for local students. Bhagya is a Regents Scholar, a member of the College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s List, an Inspire Award Young Leaders Finalist, and a Mortar Board Sophomore Notable. Post-graduation, she plans to attend law school and pursue a legal career in education law and public policy.

Ryan Hruby, Vice President
Omaha, NE

Ryan Hruby, son of Thomas and Sandra Hruby of Omaha, is a computer science and mathematics major with a focus on discrete math and cryptography. On campus, he is a member of the University Honors Program and is the president of the CornHacks Organizing Committee. Currently, Ryan works as a Senior Leader in the School of Computing Learning Assistant Program and as a Dean's Leader in the College of Engineering. He is also a Chancellor's Scholarship recipient, National Merit Scholar, and is on the College of Arts and Sciences Dean's List. After graduation, Ryan plans on pursuing a career in software engineering.

Lauren Rothgeb, Secretary
Shawnee, KS

Lauren Rothgeb, daughter of Angela Talarico-Rothgeb and David & Marilei Rothgeb, is a Biological Sciences and Spanish double major with minors in Biochemistry and History. On campus, Lauren has been involved as an ambassador for the College of Arts & Sciences, a worker at the Beadle Greenhouse, and a member of Alpha Phi – Nu Chapter and the Clúb de Español. Off campus, Lauren has earned honors credit working at a middle school through the HALO program. Lauren volunteers her spare time at Bryan Health and Clinic with a Heart, where she works as a Spanish medical interpreter. Lauren is passionate about making healthcare accessible and, upon graduation, plans to pursue medical school.

Jake Duffy, Treasurer
Roswell, GA

Jake Duffy, son of Ann and Matt Duffy of Roswell, GA, is an Environmental Studies and German major with a minor in Natural Resource & Policy. On campus, Jake is a member of the Outdoor Adventure Center and Sustain UNL. He currently works at Lincoln Public Schools, as the sustainability intern, hoping to spread his passion for nature to the Lincoln community. Jake spends his time planning climate strikes and community events focused on a more sustainable future with Embrace Nebraska, an organization he serves as a core member for. After graduation, he hopes to attend graduate school and further his career with environmental studies. His long-term goals are to protect the Earth and everything she has to offer!

Christine Trinh, Sergeant at Arms
Lincoln, NE

Christine Trinh, daughter of Yenchau Le and Son Trinh, is an Economics and Political Science major with minors in Psychology and Criminology on the Pre-Law track. Christine currently serves as the Student Body Vice President and Electoral Commission Director (2022-23), with previous experiences in ASUN Student Government as the Speaker of the Senate (2021-22), College of Arts and Sciences Senator (2021-22), and FCLA director (2020-21). She is also an active member in her sorority, Gamma Phi Beta - Pi Chapter. Off campus, Christine is a volunteer speech and debate judge/coach for Lincoln Public Schools. She is passionate about promoting financial literacy and has held finance-related internships in Chicago and the central valley of California. Upon graduation, Christine will move to Chicago, IL to pursue a career in financial credit and corporate investment banking.

Vivian Jacobitz, Keeper of Traditions
Omaha, NE

Vivian Jacobitz, daughter of Andrew and Lilian Jacobitz of Omaha, is a computer science major with minors in business and mathematics. On campus, Vivian is involved in the Raikes School as a student, peer mentor, teaching assistant, residential ambassador, and program ambassador. She is a member of Gamma Phi Beta sorority and has served in multiple positions, including her current position of Ritual Chairwoman. Off campus, Vivian is a mentor for the EIR EMPOWER STEM Mentorship Program as well as a volunteer and Director of Curriculum for Girls Code Lincoln. Vivian has completed internships at Kiewit, Intuit, and Atlassian as a software engineer. She is on the dean’s list for the College of Arts and Sciences and is a Chancellor’s Scholar, National Merit Scholar, and World Herald Scholar. Following graduation, Vivian plans to pursue a career in software engineering.

Abigail Seibel, Philanthropy
Albuquerque, NM

Abigail Seibel, daughter of Shari Ginsburg, of Albuquerque, NM is a Computer Engineering Major with minors in Water Science and Math. On campus, Abigail has served as an Honors After School Club mentor, a member of RUF's leadership team, and has worked in both the NIMBUS and Hydroinformatics and Hydroclimate research labs. She is the recipient of the Ernest F. Hollings Scholarship and developed STEAM and cultural based educational material for children and families at Kauai Ocean Discovery Center. Along with being a part of the Honors Program, a Regent scholar, and a S-STEM Connect scholar, Abigail is a year-round intern on Union Pacific’s Machine Vision team. After graduation, she plans on pursuing her passion for Environmental Technology.

McKenzie Nelson, Initiation
Omaha, NE

McKenzie Nelson, daughter of Jon and Joyce Nelson of Omaha, is a German and Global Studies major with minors in Conflict & Conflict Resolution Studies, History, Human Rights & Humanitarian Affairs, Jewish Studies, and Political Science. On campus, McKenzie is a part of the College of Arts and Sciences Ambassadors leadership team, a member of the UNL Honors Program, a student representative on the College of Arts and Sciences Curriculum and Advising Committee, and the president of UNL German Club. Outside of school, McKenzie has worked with several organizations to teach non-native speakers English, including Lincoln Literacy and the U.S. State Department. McKenzie is a Regents Scholarship recipient and is on the College of Arts and Sciences Dean's List. After graduation, she plans on moving abroad to teach English.

Patrick Wirball, Homecoming
South Elgin, IL

Patrick Wirball, son of Jeff and Jadwiga Wirball of South Elgin, IL, is a biological system engineering major with minors in mathematics and biomedical engineering. On campus, Patrick serves as a resident assistant in University Suites, a member of the First-Generation Student Organization, Pre-dental club, NU Meds, and was involved in Aerospace AXP Special Systems Team earning a Space Grant from NASA. In addition, he received a UCARE grant for cochlear implant research in the Neuroimaging for Language, Literacy and Learning Laboratory under Dr. Yingying Wang. In the Lincoln community, Patrick works as a surgical assistant for Nebraska Oral and Facial Surgery and a perioperative assistant at Bryan West Hospital. Additionally, he volunteers at Lincoln Bike Kitchen and repairs bikes to be donated to kids in the community. Upon graduation, Patrick intends to work as an engineer for a biotech company before attending medical school.

Jessica Stump, Homecoming
Bakersfield, CA

Jessica Stump, daughter of Michael and Jillian Stump of Bakersfield, California, is psychology and political science major with a minor in national security studies. On campus, Jessica is involved in the Clinical Neuroscience and Neuropsychology lab, the Neurocognitive Translation lab, and the Political Attitudes and Cognitions lab as a research assistant. Jessica is a 2021-2022 ASUN senator for the College of Arts and Sciences, a psychology teaching assistant, and a student intern for the Office of the Chancellor. She previously served as the Vice President of Chi Omega Fraternity. Outside of campus, Jessica volunteers through Teammates Mentoring and Lincoln Literacy. She is a UNMC Summer Undergraduate Research Scholar at the Munroe-Meyer Institute in the Emotional Neuroscience Lab. Jessica is a UCARE scholar and a Ruth Leverton scholarship recipient. After graduation, Jessica plans to pursue a Ph.D. in clinical psychology and become a neuropsychologist.

Meyri Ibrahim, Selections
Eagan, MN

Meyri Ibrahim, daughter of Nawal Osman from Eagan, MN, is a Political Science and Journalism major with minors in Global Studies, Human Rights & Humanitarian Affairs, and Global Leadership. Meyri has served in leadership roles with the Black Student Union as Policy Chair and President. She was also previously in ASUN Student Government where she served as a Senator for the College of Journalism and Mass Communications along with being the co-chair of the Campus Life and Safety committee. Meyri serves on the Chancellor’s Commission for the Prevention of Sexual Misconduct and as a Huskers Care Peer Educator along with sitting on the Student Affairs DEI Student Council. Meyri is a proud First-Gen student and plans to pursue graduate school to work at the intersection of global public health and international law.

Micaylon Moore, Selections
Windsor, CO

Micaylon Moore, son of LaKendrea and Micah Moore of Windsor, CO, is a biological sciences major with minors in chemistry, biochemistry, Psychology and humanities in medicine. On campus, Micaylon is the secretary of the Minority Pre-Health Association, serves as the Big Ten rep for the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, and is also on the executive committee for a student-athlete-led leadership group named N-Volved. He is a team captain for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln track & field team and is involved in Inner Circle which focuses on building leadership skills and serving the community. Micaylon is an undergraduate researcher in Dr. Wayne Riekhof's lab working on projects that make use of genetic, genomic, and biochemical tools in the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Micaylon volunteers at the CHI St. Elizabeth hospital where he has worked in pharmacy, adult inpatient, and is currently working in cardiac rehabilitation. Some of his awards include the Tom Osborne Citizenship Team, Sam Foltz Hero 27 Award, and Academic All-Big Ten. Upon graduation, Micaylon has plans to attend medical school.

Madison Sides, Historian
Papillion, NE

Madison Sides, daughter of Rob and Becky Sides of Papillion, is a French and English major with an emphasis in poetry. On campus, Madison serves the band programs as captain for the Cornhusker Marching Band's flagline and president of the honorary band fraternity, Kappa Kappa Psi. Madison has also had several internships and positions with the Nebraska Writers Collective, UNL Writing Center, and the Lied Center for Performing Arts. Off campus, Madison is an Assistant Head Residential Counselor for a Girl Scout camp, where she has served for eight years, and she volunteers with multiple levels of the Nebraska Young Democrats. Madison is a Regents Scholar, Honors student, and on the College of Arts and Sciences Dean's List. After graduation, Madison plans to teach in France through the TAPIF program and eventually return to the U.S. to pursue her MFA in poetry