Mission Statement of the 119th Class

We, the Knights of the 119th Class of The Society of Innocents, shall uphold and promote the values of superior academic achievement, unparalleled leadership, and selfless service.

 We shall cultivate a community by embracing inclusivity whilst upholding traditions in which we, as one, are based. We will uphold an everlasting, collegiate spirit that advocates for the campus’s culture. 

We are dedicated to extending our connections across Nebraska with great care and intentional direction. We will use our passions selflessly to guide our actions while still looking to serve where there is a greater need.

 We shall recognize that our intellectual curiosity is formed by our ability to innovate and explore diverse perspectives. Unified under a joint desire to push boundaries, we will cultivate a spirit of continuous and expansive learning. We strive to possess the ability to humbly recognize what we do not know, and to perpetually dive deeper into what we do. 

We strive to promote the commitment to collaboration with each other in the present. Together, we cultivate resilience within our members and community. We are 13 as 1, but we recognize and appreciate the individual as they are. 


Brynn Boes, President
Lincoln, NE

Brynn Boes, daughter of Cory and Denise Boes of Gretna, is a biological sciences major with minors in biochemistry, gerontology, and Spanish. On campus, Brynn is a General Biology teaching assistant, section leader of the Cornhusker Marching Band drumline, and involved in the University Honors Program. Each summer, Brynn travels to UNL’s Cedar Point Biological Station, where she serves as a teaching assistant for a biology course. Off campus, Brynn is a nurse technician at Hillcrest Health Services and has volunteer positions at the Capital Humane Society and Clinic with a Heart as a Spanish Interpreter. Brynn is a Regents Scholar and on the College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s List. After graduation, Brynn plans to pursue medical school.

Hannah Kost, Vice President
Omaha, NE

Hannah Kost is a Finance major on a Banking and Risk Management track with minors in mathematics, computer science, and economics. She has studied at Oxford University where she concentrated on economics and international business. On campus, Hannah stays involved by serving as a tri-chair in NHRI, a senior lead strengths coach for the Clifton Strengths Institute, and the financial assistant in Chi Omega - Kappa Chapter. She works closely with the Dean and administrators of the College of Business serving as the President of the Student Advisory Board. She takes pride in empowering girls and women with disabilities on a national level, serving over 750 hours for a non-profit called Miss Amazing. Some of her hobbies include listening music, painting and creating digital art, and beating all of her friends at board games.

Jack Kinney, Secretary
Omaha, NE

Jack Kinney, son of Jon and Jane Kinney of Omaha, is a business and law major. On campus, Jack is a member of Pi Kappa Alpha and served as alumni chairman. In his tenure, Jack developed a mentorship program and was named All-Greek Sophomore of the Year. He is also a member of Omicron Delta Kappa and Delta Sigma Pi honoraries, earning the distinction of Collegian of the Year for 2022. Additionally, Jack is involved in the University Honors Program and is a Clifton Strengths coach. Jack supported incoming freshmen by working as a New Student Enrollment Orientation Leader. Off campus, Jack is a substitute educator for Westside Schools and an adjudicator for Nebraska DECA, encouraging entrepreneurial and leadership skill development among high school students.

Caitlin Murphy, Treasurer
Exeter, NE

Caitlin Murphy, daughter of Brian and Angie Murphy of Exeter, is an actuarial science, mathematics, and music major with an emphasis in horn performance. On campus, Caitlin serves as Treasurer for Gamma Iota Sigma and is an active member of Actuarial Science Club. Caitlin is a Calculus Teaching Assistant, Math Club member, former Mathematics Directed Reading Program participant, and former Learning Assistant. Caitlin has performed in Horn Choir and a concert ensemble – Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, or Symphonic Band – each semester, along with playing in numerous graduate student recitals. Off campus, Caitlin has progressed toward her actuarial credentials by completing three actuarial internships and passing two actuarial exams. Caitlin is an Honors Program member and Regents Scholar.

Katie Tran, Sergeant at Arms
Omaha, NE

Katie Tran, daughter of Todd Tran and Jenny Vo, is a Nutrition Science major on the pre-dental track. Katie has dedicated her time to the Vietnamese Student Association as the External Vice President and worked with first-generation freshman as a peer mentor with the Center of Academic Success and Transition. She has served as the Belonging, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Chairwoman and Recruitment Records Chairwoman for Gamma Phi Beta - Pi Chapter. Additionally, Katie is the senator for the College of Education and Human Sciences, Communications chair, and the representative for the Intercollegiate Athletics Committee in ASUN Student Government. Katie is currently a UCARE scholar in the Molecular Plant Virology Lab as the senior undergraduate researcher. She hopes to fight against food insecurity by engineering viruses to activate immunity against plant diseases. When she's not taking care of her plants, Katie loves to crochet, cook, and collect passport stamps.

Sarah Frett, Keeper of Traditions
Grimes, IA

Sarah Frett, daughter of Anne and Stacey Frett, is a Psychology major with a Gerontology certificate on the Pre-Occupational Therapy track. Sarah co-founded and served as vice president for on of the first Best Buddies chapters in Nebraska, that serves adults with disabilities in a social setting. Sarah also works as a job coach for adults with disabilities, providing supports at their place of work. Sarah is passionate about making the world an inclusive and accessible place for people of all abilities. Sarah has worked on campus as a campus host and at the UNL Children’s Center. In her free time she likes to rock climb, roller skate, and make tiramisu.

Furqan Mahdi, Philanthropy
Baghdad, Iraq

Furqan Mahdi, daughter of Shaymaa Jaafar, and Saad Jaafar of Baghdad, Iraq is a Biological Systems Engineering major with a minor in Mathematics, Biomedical Engineering, and Arabic. On campus, Furqan is the founder of the Middle Eastern and North African Student Association, the founder of the multi faith praying room, and the first person to be elected as the vice president of inclusive excellence for the College of Engineering. Furqan is a first-generation college student who served as a mentor for the First Generation Program, mentoring freshman students through a seminar and one-on-one meetings. Furqan was an FYRE Scholar, UCARE Scholar, and currently an INBRE Scholar involved in research where she is currently working in the ONELab investigating macrophages cell and their relationship to chronic low back pain. Furqan serves as a senator representing the College of Engineering at ASUN. Outside of campus, Furqan is a volunteer English language teacher at the Asian Community and Culture Center where she teaches new Americans the English language and the culture of the United States. Furqan is planning on staying for a fifth year to finish her degree and gain more experience in research.

Danie Oberpriller, Initiation
Austin, TX

Danie Oberpriller, daughter of Trey and Angela Oberpriller of Austin, TX, is a Biological Science major with minors in Biochemistry, Mathematics, and Dance. On campus, Danie serves as the president of the American Medical Women’s Association and previously served as volunteer coordinate. She is also involved as a College of Arts and Sciences Ambassador, Learning communities Ambassador, Physiology Lab intern, Pi Mu Epsilon member, and an athletic tutor for Husker Athletics. Off campus, Danie volunteers with Endless journey as a hospice companion. She is a UNMC Summer Undergraduate Research Scholar and previously worked in Dr. Shyamal Roy’s research lab. Danie is a George Beadle, Blair Udale, and Capital of Texas Nebraskans scholarship recipient.

Kate Swan, Homecoming
Lincoln, NE

Katherine Swan, daughter of David and Tracey Swan of Lincoln, is a Biological Sciences major with a minor in Psychology on the pre-dental track. On campus, Kate is currently serving as the President of Order of Omega, a Greek honor society, and is a member of Omicron Delta Kappa. Kate previously served as the Alpha Phi Freaternity’s Chapter President and was the first sophomore of the Nebraska Chapter to hold the position. She is also involved with the Pre-Dental Club to follow her passion for dentistry, Kate is a Regents Scholar recipient on the College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s List.

Hayden Ullmann, Homecoming
Fortworth, TX

Hayden Ullmann, son of Kevin and Deborah Ullmann, is a Secondary Education major with endorsements in Spanish and French and minors in German and International Studies. On campus, Hayden is part of the Teacher Scholars Academy, the Men’s Club Volleyball Team, and the French and German clubs. He has also worked for the Spanish Tutoring and Writing Center and the International Welcome Team. Off campus, Hayden has coached volleyball and volunteered at Lincoln Literacy and Lincoln Lighthouse. He has done intensive language programs in Spain, Germany, and France, and is passionate about languages, teaching, reading, and volleyball. Upon graduation, Hayden plans to teach English in Europe and pursue a master’s degree in German.

John Vacek, Selections
Ravenna, NE

John Vacek, son of Marc and Carmen Vacek, is a Chemistry and Psychology double major with minors in sociology, women’s and gender studies, and LGBTQ+ studies. On campus, John has been involved as a recitation teaching assistant for general chemistry for the Department of Chemistry, a UCARE student-researcher, the Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for the Interfraternity Council, and a Founding Father, member, and former president of Delta Sigma Phi – Alpha Psi Chapter. Off campus, John works as a phlebotomist for UNMC’s Regional Pathology Services. John is passionate about understanding how students learn and apply chemistry to their lives and, upon graduation, plans to pursue a Ph.D. in chemical education.

Allyson Barry, Selections
Lincoln, NE

Allyson Barry, child of Sean and Stephanie Barry of Lincoln, is an environmental and sustainability studies major with an emphasis in natural resources and minors in political science and mathematics. On campus, Allyson serves as a CASNR student senator, a learning assistant and student ambassador for their academic program, and a member of Pi Sigma Alpha. Supplementary to their studies at UNL, Allyson has studied marine science at James Cook University, conducted numerous research projects with the Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute (DFWI) and UNL’s Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, and achieved several scuba diving certifications. In their senior year, they will be partnering with UNMC’s Water, Climate and Health Program along with DFWI to lead a study on the primary influencing factors of environmental justice in the United States. Allyson is a Regent’s Scholar, UCARE recipient and former presenter at the International Conference for Undergraduate Research.

Allie Gotschall, Historian
Columbus, NE

Allie Gotschall, daughter of Dr. Jeffrey and Tammi Gotschall, is a Nutrition Exercise Science major with a minor in Leadership and Communications and is on the Pre-Physician Assistant track. On campus, Allie is involved within her sorority, Alpha Phi - Nu Chapter, where she currently serves on the executive team as Executive Administrator. Allie is an active member of the NHRI Leadership Mentoring Program, where she is a mentor to a high school aged student, an Interviewer, and a project Staff Advisor. She is also a member of STAC (Students Against Cancer) club as well as the Pre-PA club. Off campus, Allie enjoys her job as a Certified Nursing Assistant at a face-paced Urgent Care Clinic. In her free time, Allie loves making memories with friends and family, trying out new restaurants, and creating anything arts