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 president of the Hixson-Lied Undergraduate Student Advisory Board, ASUN Senator for the College of Fine and Performing Arts, Communications Chair for Honors Peer Mentor Leaders, and a peer mentor for University of Nebraska–Lincoln Learning Communities. In the Lincoln community, Skyler works as the Arts Across Nebraska intern at the Lied Center for Performing Arts and volunteers as a tutor for Lincoln Literacy. This past summer, Skyler worked for Wichita Grand Opera as an Artistic Administration Intern and Young Artist. Skyler is a member of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln Honors Program and the Nebraska Women’s Leadership Network. 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 and plans to attend medical school 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 tutor for the athletic department. 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 two minors. Anie is 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 law school with aspirations of participating in a joint-degree program, pursuing her Juris Doctorate and masters in philosophy, 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 is a laboratory teaching assistant in the chemistry department, currently teaching organic chemistry. His research with Dr. Marilyne Stains focuses on characterizing faculty beliefs about teaching. He has participated in UNMC’s Summer Health Professionals Education and is interested in improving diversity within health fields in his future career. This past year, Binh served as the events director for the University of Nebraska Dance Marathon and now serves as a co-recruitment director. Additionally, he has tutored and mentored students at Randolph Elementary 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 plans to attend medical school after graduation. On campus, Emily is president of the University Honors Program Peer Mentoring Program, vice president of the university’s Relay For Life organization, and a member of the University Health Center Student Advisory Board. Currently, Emily is an undergraduate research assistant in biological sciences. Additionally, she has worked on various research projects at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Emily also volunteers at Tabitha Nursing Home weekly as a Pie Social Volunteer. Emily is a finalist for the Outstanding Student Leadership Award, a Regents Scholar, and a recipient of the Degering Trust Fund Scholarship.

Ellie Blusys, Philanthropy
Omaha, NE

Ellie Blusys, daughter of David and Kerry Blusys of Omaha, NE is a biochemistry major with three minors. Ellie is an Honors Program student, and is working to complete a thesis in the gerontology department. She has worked in a USDA-ARS sorghum lab as a lab assistant since her sophomore year studying plant defense. Ellie also works with the University of Nebraska–Lincoln Explore Center as a Pre-Health Peer Mentor and is vice president of the College of Arts and Sciences Student Advisory Board. Outside of class and work, Ellie is a companionship volunteer with Hospice Community Care of Nebraska.

Jacob Moore, Initiation
Lincoln, NE

Jacob Moore, son of Zachary Moore and Amanda Pollack of Lincoln, NE is a chemistry and biochemistry 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.

Caprianna Keeler, Homecoming
Parker, CO

Caprianna Keeler, daughter of Bruce and Jodene Keeler of Parker, CO, is a civil engineering major with two minors. 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 multiple honor societies. Within the College of Engineering, she serves as the vice president of Engineers Without Borders. Capri works as an undergraduate research assistant for both the Department of Civil Engineering and the Nebraska 4-H Extension Office under the National Science Foundation. Capri is recognized on the College of Engineering Dean’s List.

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 currently a Bureau Scholar at the Bureau of Business Research conducting economic research on factors that impact unemployment transition probabilities. 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 plans to work as an actuary 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 this past year. Additionally, Hunter has been 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. In this past year, Hunter has represented students from the College of Arts and Sciences as a senator while also holding the position of Speaker of the Senate. This involvement has led to being elected ASUN President/Student Regent. Lastly, Hunter served the university this summer as an Orientation Leader for the New Student Enrollment program.