Mission of the 114th Class

We, the Knights of the 114th Class of The Society of Innocents, shall uphold and promote the values of superior academic achievement, unparalleled leadership, and selfless service.

We shall recognize that we are scholars unified under a collective propensity to take on new challenges, explore diverse perspectives, and combat complacency long after graduation.

We shall continue the tradition of commitment to University leadership through humility, initiative, and perseverance.

We shall embrace a spirit of servitude, acting as a catalyst of progress towards a better community.

We shall take a unified stand against the forces of evil, hatred, and apathy for a more inclusive campus environment.

Ultimately, we act not to seek accolades for ourselves, but to serve as humble forces of good throughout our lifetimes.

Skyler Dykes, President
Topeka, KS

Skyler Dykes, daughter of Jill and Christopher Dykes of Topeka, KS, is a music and French major with three minors. Skyler is the ASUN Senator for the College of Fine and Performing Arts, Communications Chair for ASUN Student Government and Honors Peer Mentor Leaders, the former president of the Hixson-Lied Undergraduate Student Advisory Board, and a former peer mentor for University of Nebraska–Lincoln Learning Communities. In the Lincoln community, Skyler works as an Education intern at the Lied Center for Performing Arts and volunteers as a tutor for Lincoln Literacy. Additionally, Skyler has trained in musical theatre and classical voice, having performed with Wichita Grand Opera and placed as a National Semifinalist in the National Association of Teachers of Singing Competition. Skyler is a member of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln Honors Program, the Nebraska Women’s Leadership Network, and Sigma Alpha Iota. Upon graduation, Skyler intends to participate in a joint-degree program, pursuing a Juris Doctorate and masters in arts administration.

Aubree Ford, Vice President
Scottsbluff, NE

Aubree Ford, daughter of Robert and Renee Ford of Scottsbluff, NE is a biochemistry major with two minors. She will attend medical school at the University of Nebraska Medical Center after graduation. On campus, Aubree is involved with ASUN student government where she serves on the Academic Committee. She has served as a laboratory teaching assistant in the Department of Chemistry, is a biology teaching assistant, and a peer mentor for the Honors Program. Additionally, she conducts research through UCARE and was selected to present her research at the Nebraska State Capitol. Within the College of Arts and Sciences, she serves as a life sciences and pre-health Student Ambassador. Aubree volunteers at CHI Saint Elizabeth’s and at the Matt Talbot Kitchen. She is also a member of the Honors Program, a David’s Distinguished Scholar, a Pepsi Service Scholar and is on the College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s List.

Anie Bista, Secretary
Overland Park, KS

Anie Bista, daughter of Bishnu Paudel and Anita Bista of Overland Park, KS, is a political science major with three minors. Anie was an Immigrants and Communities Intern at Nebraska Appleseed and will begin her third year as a resident assistant in the Village this fall. She also serves as a member of the University Conduct Board of Appeals through ASUN and is a Visitor’s Service Assistant at the International Quilt Study Center and Museum. Anie is also a member of the UNICEF campus initiative, Nepalese Student Association, and Launch Leadership. She has volunteered with Special Olympics, various political campaigns, and is a volunteer speech coach for the Lincoln High Forensics team. She is a member of the William H. Thompson Scholars Learning Community and has received their supreme Academic Achievement Award. Anie is a Nebraska Achievement Scholar, Outstanding Student Leadership Nominee, and Explore Center’s List of Distinguished Scholars, and aims to attend law school after graduation.

Katie Kost, Treasurer
Bellevue, NE

Katie Kost, daughter of Dawn and Joseph Kost of Bellevue, NE is a history, philosophy, and political science major with three minors. On campus, she is a member of the University’s Ethics Bowl team, Intelligence Community Scholars, College Republicans, Greek Ambassadors, and the Executive Board for the College of Arts and Sciences Ambassador program. She has held internships with Congressman Fortenberry and Nebraska Appleseed, as well as the title of National Director of Staff for the nonprofit Miss Amazing. A member of the University Honors Program, Katie has placed on the College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s List, and is the recipient of the McKelvie Scholarship, Kiwanis Club Scholarship, and America’s National Teenager Scholarship Organization scholarships. She is an Outstanding Student Leadership Award nominee, 2015 National Volunteer of the Year for Miss Amazing, and a member of multiple honor societies. Following graduation, Katie will attend a graduate program for national security with emphases in terrorism and military operations, with law school following behind, leading to a career in national security.

Binh Le, Sergeant at Arms
Omaha, NE

Binh Le, son of Sen Le and Thi Tran of Omaha, NE is a biochemistry major with two minors. Binh intends on attending medical school after graduation, hoping to make an impact on the healthcare system. On campus, he is a laboratory teaching assistant in the chemistry department, currently teaching organic chemistry. This past year, Binh served as the events director for the University of Nebraska Dance Marathon and now serves as a co-recruitment director. He has participated in UNMC’s Summer Health Professionals Education and is also a member of the Minority Pre-Health Association, mentoring students that come from backgrounds similar to his own. Additionally, he has tutored and mentored students at Randolph Elementary, a Title I school, in Lincoln. Binh is a University of Nebraska–Lincoln High Scholar, an Outstanding Student Leadership Award nominee, recipient of various science scholarships, and is on the College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s List.

Emily Jezewski, Keeper of Traditions
Omaha, NE

Emily Jezewski, daughter of Amy and Jeff Jezewski of Omaha, NE is a biological sciences major with three minors. Emily is attending medical school at the University of Nebraska Medical Center after graduation. On campus, Emily is president of the university's Relay for Life organization, a member of the University Health Center Student Advisory Board, and was President of the University Honors Program Peer Mentoring Program. Currently, Emily is an undergraduate research assistant in the biological sciences department and has worked on various research projects at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Emily also volunteers at Tabitha Nursing Home weekly. Emily was a finalist for the Outstanding Student Leadership Award, is a Regents Scholar, and a recipient of the Degering Trust Fund Scholarship.

Ellie Blusys, Philanthropy
Omaha, NE

Ellie Blusys, daughter of Kerry and David Blusys of Elkhorn, NE, is a Biochemistry major with minors in Spanish, Humanities in Medicine, and Chemistry. She was recently accepted into the College of Medicine at UNMC. She is Vice President of the College of Arts and Sciences Student Advisory Board, a Pre-Health Peer Mentor with the Explore Center, a hospice companionship volunteer, and a member of the Biochemistry club. In addition, she is completing a thesis on healthcare provider communication with patients who have severe communication impairments. Ellie is a Regent’s Scholar, a Nelnet Scholar, is on the College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s List, and has previously been awarded the Ed F. & Clara M. Degering Trust Fund Scholarship.

Jacob Moore, Initiation
Lincoln, NE

Jacob Moore, son of Zachary Moore and Amanda Pollack of Lincoln, NE is a chemistry major with one minor. On campus, Jacob is involved in the chemistry department as a recitation teaching assistant for General Chemistry courses, has worked as a lab assistant for multiple research groups, and tutors for diverse disciplines of science including genetics and organic chemistry. He is also an active member of the executive board of his fraternity, Phi Delta Theta. Outside of the classroom, Jacob has participated in the University of Nebraska Medical Center Summer Research Program (SURP) and has contributed to multiple research papers published to prominent medical journals. He volunteers his time at the People’s City Mission Medical Center, ALS in the Heartland, and Saint Elizabeth Medical Center Emergency Department. Jacob is on the Dean’s List for the College of Arts and Sciences and is a Regents Scholar. After graduation, Jacob plans to pursue medical school and become a surgeon.

Monica Rogers, Homecoming
Omaha, NE

Monica Rogers, daughter of Scott and Diana Rogers of Omaha, NE is studying elementary and early childhood education with one minor. Monica currently serves as the president of the Panhellenic Executive Council. Previously, she has served as the vice president of Administrative Affairs and has held various positions within her sorority, Alpha Phi. Monica is also an active mentor in the TeamMates program in Lincoln and has been a member of the Freshmen Campus Leadership Associates (FCLA). After graduation, Monica would like to return to Omaha and begin her teaching career while pursuing a graduate education. She is a Franco’s List recipient and a member of the College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s List.

Capri Keeler, Homecoming
Parker, CO

Capri Keeler, daughter of Bruce and Jodene Keeler of Parker, Colorado, is a Civil Engineering major with a minor in French. Within the College of Engineering, Capri serves as the President of Engineers Without Borders where she has contributed to projects that help communities in Madagascar and Zambia. She also serves as the President of Chi Epsilon, the Civil Engineering Honor Society and is a member of Tau Beta Pi. On campus, Capri serves as the Vice President of Philanthropy and Community Outreach for the Panhellenic Association, a member of the Social Media Team and the Worship Team at the University Lutheran Chapel, the past Philanthropy Chair and Property Manager for Alpha Delta Pi Sorority, and a member of Alpha Lambda Delta, Phi Eta Sigma, and Sigma Alpha Pi Honor Societies. Capri has worked as an Undergraduate Research Assistant for both the Civil Engineering Department and the Nebraska 4-H Extension Office under the National Science Foundation. As the Vice President of Engineering Ambassadors, she enjoys teaching younger generations of students that they can be engineers, too. Capri is recognized on the College of Engineering Dean’s List and as a UNL High Scholar.

Colton Harper, Selections
Hutchinson, KS

Colton Harper, son of Wade and Cari Harper of Hutchinson, KS, is a computer science major with three minors. Colton plans to attend a Ph.D. program to study biomolecular communication and then will seek a career in academia as a research professor. Colton is a senior student advisor for the Computer Science and Engineering Ambassadors student organization. Colton conducts research in the MbiTe lab under the guidance of Dr. Massimiliano Pierobon and has previously served as a participant and a research mentor for the University of Nebraska–Lincoln iGEM synthetic biology research teams. Colton is also involved in the University Honors Program, the McNair Scholars Program, and Center for Civic Engagement.

Kylee Yakel, Selections
Lincoln, NE

Kylee Yakel, daughter of Aaron and Marlo Yakel of Lincoln, NE is an actuarial science and economics major with one minor. Kylee is a member of the Nebraska Business Honors Academy and the Actuarial Science Club, and she previously served as president of Civitas Consulting, a financial consulting group for small businesses. She currently serves as a board member of the Asian Community and Cultural Center. She is also a Bureau Scholar at the Bureau of Business Research and has previously interned at the University of Nebraska Public Policy Center. Additionally, Kylee has volunteered with Horizons Community Church, Lancaster County 4-H, and United Way. She is a Chancellor’s Scholar, a member of the Honors Program, and is on the College of Business Dean’s List. This past summer, Kylee interned at Mutual of Omaha and has accepted a full-time position there after graduation.

Hunter Traynor, Historian
Omaha, NE

Hunter Traynor, son of Brad and Heather Traynor of Omaha, NE is a political science major with two minors. Following his time at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, Hunter has hopes of attending law school. He has served two consecutive terms on the executive council of his fraternity, PIKE, and has been involved with Dance Marathon since his freshman year, serving as internal vice president last year. Hunter served the university this summer as an Orientation Leader for the New Student Enrollment program. Additionally, Hunter got involved with ASUN Student Government through the Freshmen Campus Leadership Associates (FCLA) during his freshman year and served as co-director of the program during his sophomore year. Last year, Hunter represented students from the College of Arts and Sciences as a senator while also holding the position of Speaker of the Senate. Hunter currently serves as president of ASUN Student Government and represents the student body on the Nebraska Board of Regents.