Pilots Student of the Week!

October 13 - 17, 2014


Top 5 Strengths: Relator, Futuristic, Achiever, Woo, Communication

“Martina shows a genuine interest in mathematics. She is very enthusiastic about math and puts forth tremendous effort in learning and studying the material. She performs very well in her coursework and I am confident that her hard work will enable her to achieve her highest career ambitions.” - Dr. Brian Benson, MATH 100 Professor

“Martina comes into every study hour already knowing what it is she wants to work on. She is well prepared and goes above and beyond preparing for her math exams. She will continue doing excellent work through her terrific work ethic.” - Nolan Gaede, Math PA

October 13 - 17, 2014


Top 5 Strengths: Belief, Empathy, Adaptability, Developer, Includer

"Madison is consistently a top performer in the class.  She has a positive attitude and is always attentive in class.  She is a model student and I can tell she has a positive influence on those around her.  Whenever there is group work, I can see that she engages and inspires those around her.  It is truly a pleasure having her in class.” - Taylor Wadian, PSYCH 110 Instructor

"Madison is performing very well in her college algebra course. She consistently puts forth the effort necessary to learn and displays dedication to her work. Her terrific attitude and cheerful approach to working with others make her an extremely positive influence to everyone she interacts with.” - Dr. Brian Benson, MATH 100 Professor

Mark McCaffertyOctober 13 - 17, 2014


Top 5 Strengths: Harmony, Adaptability, Consistency, Significance, Restorative

“Mark is one of the best prepared students I’ve had as a Peer Assistant. He is successful in the classroom not only because he is a bright student, but he is an extremely hard worker. He is always finishing assignments ahead of schedule so he can do all of the review tests available to him.”  - Nolan Gaede, Math PA

“Mark has had excellent scores thus far. He has a good understanding of material and asks questions at a deeper level.” - Dale Hawkinson, Math Instructor

“Mark is a very ambitious and confident student. He is putting quality time and immense effort into his academics. He sets goals and takes steps towards achieving them. Mark has learned to balance academic life and job outside of school. Mark is an excellent example of a freshman student who practices effective time management and study habits.  I believe Mark will be very successful at K-State.” - Lenndy Batista, Pilots advisor

"Mark is a joy to work with! He always comes in with a positive attitude, and when I helped him in Writing, he was always willing to put in the time and effort it takes to get an A on an assignment. He's an excellent student and peer role model!" - Shay Dodson, Pilots Study Lab Coord/Writing Lab instructor

Nicole Bartel

October 6 - 10, 2014


Top 5 Strengths: Adaptability, Developer, Positivity, Empathy, Harmony

"Nicole is proving to be an excellent student. She attends lecture every day and routinely scores well above average on class quizzes. (She is always in the top 10% of the class.) She is always willing to participate in class discussion, and seems to always come to class with a smile." - Taylor Wadian, Psychology Instructor

"Nicole is thriving at K-State. She is doing excellently in all her classes and has been able to balance lacrosse with her coursework. Se has already started giving back to K-State as a volunteer leading campus tours. Nicole's dedication and ability to balance school and extracurricular activities is fantastic. I am excited to see what amazing things Nicole will accomplish in the future." - Caroline Jones, Pilots Advisor

Tyler Butterfield

September 29 - October 3, 2014


Top 5 Strengths: Competition, Adaptability, Responsibility, Includer, Restorative

"Tyler works very hard and displays a passion and desire for learning. He attends every class and is willing to go above and beyond what is asked of him to get the most out of his education. He is kind and respectful to all students, faculty, and staff. I am very confident that Tyler will be extremely successful in whatever he chooses to do." - Dr. Brian Benson, Math Professor

"Tyler is an extremely hardworking student who is both personable and respectful. He actively engages in classroom activities and often asks questions before or after class that demonstrate his a) interest in the class and b) critical understanding of course content. Most importantly, however, he actively uses strategies to better remember course content. His performance thus far provides -little doubt that he will be highly successful at K-State."  - Taylor Wadian, Psychology Instructor


Kayla SloanSeptember 22 - 26, 2014


Top 5 Strengths: Adaptability, Belief, Command, Deliberative, Significance

"I am nominating Kayla because she always asks really great questions about the material and the assignments, and has been a leader during group activities." - Ashley Denney, Public Speaking Instructor

"I noticed Kayla's motivation since the first day I met her at Kauffman. She came up and boldly introduced herself. Her self-confidence and determination were evident. While I have only known Kayla a short amount of time I know that nothing is going to stand in her way. She has overcome every obstacle in her way with fearlessness and strength. She is focusing on her current classes and has been attending all of her Pilots study lab hours. At our first meeting she was already talking about her graduate school plans! Kayla is going to have many high achievements and I am privileged to get to work with her this first year. I can’t wait to see what you can do Kayla!"  - Caroline Jones, Pilots Advisor

April 7 - 14, 2014


"Louis has worked exceptionally hard this semester! Through coming into the lab for extra hours and make up hours, or saying no to fun things on his floor, Louis has exemplified what it means to live out his priorities. Through his diligence and ability to remain positive through all situations Louis shows perseverance to its highest degree. Not only is Louis focused on his academics, but Louis is dedicated to making others feel welcome to K-State. From befriending his roommate from Saudi Arabia, to smiling to those around him, Louis has helped his peers feel appreciated and included. As a result, I can tell from interacting with Louis that people enjoy his company and appreciate the time that he takes to make them feel welcome. All the more, Louis’s positive attitude and ability to work hard show his genuineness and his strengths! The Pilot’s staff notices these strengths and is grateful for Louis's ability to invest into his education as well as in building relationships with the people around him. Keep up the great work, Louis!" –Connie Beck, Pilots Intern

"My first impression of Louis was that he was so positive. As I got a chance to know him more, I found that he was humble and patient and very easy to work with. Not only that, but Louis was also willing to work hard for what he wanted." – Joy Chen, Pilots Advisor

Cydney Hutton

March 31 - April 4, 2014

Top 5 Strengths: Includer, Woo, Learner, Restorative, Achiever
Major: Elementary Education / Special Education
"Cydney has been very focused and determined since she started at K-State. She wants to be a special education teacher and is working very hard to reach her goal. She is very organized and goal oriented. Cydney is always willing to help out other students when they need it. I have seen her in the lab working with other students and I can see what an amazing teacher she will be." - Caroline Jones, Pilots Advisor   
"Sitting around a table in Bluemont 116, our little group was brainstorming topics for the second paper assignment of Expos 100. In response to one student's claim to have had no personal experience relating to the assignment, Cydney Hutton had begun asking questions. Within minutes the student had revealed a wealth of material, and Cydney enthusiastically affirmed this.This particular conversation alerted me to Cydney's great skills at communicating with others and bringing out the best in them. She could see the depth of possibilities in another person's story. Even as she drew all of us into the conversation, however, she demonstrated sensitivity about respecting boundaries; she distanced herself as the conversation grew more personal. Such a skillful combination of abilities--both eliciting conversation and knowing when to step away--is unusual. You go, Cydney! You've got a lot to write about!" –Margaret Burton, Writing PA


February 17 - 21, 2014


Major: Pre-Journalism and Mass Communications

"Jemima works hard and never misses a class period. She demonstrates a desire to learn and understands the course material. Jemima is very respectful, friendly, attentive and participates actively in class."  -Dale Hawkinson, Math Instructor

"Jemima has been extremely hard working and always has an amazing attitude! She constantly has a smile on her face and is ready to work!" -Shay Dodson, Pilots Study Lab Coord


March 10 - 17, 2014


"Tessie shows up to all her sessions on time and is ready to go with all her notes.  ​In my experience as a Pilots tutor, the students that tend to do this thrive in this class. I admire the fact that Tessie graduated high school early and is already showing great success this semester. I also appreciate the fact that she is willing to accept help from the pilots program even though she graduated early." – Kevin Stief, Sociology PA

"After finishing high school a semester early, Tessie decided to begin her college career right away. As a first semester student, she has made the transition to academic life quite well. The Pilots staff has noticed Tessie’s diligence and hard work toward her studies. She is focused on academics, displays a positive attitude and is performing very well in all of her courses. Keep up the good work, Tessie!"  -Pilots Program Director, Rebeca Paz

March 3 - 10, 2014


Top 5 Strengths: Futuristic, Strategic, Responsibility, Belief, Focus
Major: Geography

"Zach’s academic performance has improved so much since last semester! He is dedicated, always has a positive attitude and a smile, and is practicing great time management between work, school, and multiple PA hours in the lab. He is doing great in his classes and expresses a real love for Geography. I’m very proud of Zach for making such amazing progress this semester!" - Shay Dodson, Pilots Study Lab Coord

"Zach has really dedicated himself to school this semester and is doing excellent. So far he has a perfect attendance record in Pilots!! He is very excited about declaring his major, Geography, and has big plans to travel the world. He knows that getting good grades in all of his classes is vital to achieving is academic goals and he is well on his way! If you see him in the Pilots lab he always has a big smile on his face and his celebrating his latest academic achievement." ​ -Caroline Jones, Pilots Advisor

Samuel Austin

February 24 - 28, 2014


Top 5 Strengths: Command, Self-Assurance, Consistency, Competition, Includer
Major: Pre-Professional Business Administration

"Austin is one of the hardest-working students I've met. On top of being a new father, he balances an incredible amount of schoolwork and won't accept anything less than an A. He puts in a great amount of effort and his hard work has paid off with excellent grades." - Shay Dodson, Pilots Study Lab Coord

"Austin has been very motivated and focused since day one. He handled the transition from military life to college very well. Being a father and husband, he has a lot to balance with school every day, but he does it with a smile and positive attitude. I have heard Austin say on many occasions "I will never give up" and his presence in the Pilots lab and dedication to school are why he will do great things. He has very big plans for his future and is currently working on 7 majors! He already has a graduation plan in place and if he keeps working the way he is now, who knows, maybe someday he might even rule the world!”   - Caroline Jones, Pilots Advisor


February 17 - 21, 2014


Top 5 Strengths: Communication, Positivity, Includer, Relator, WOO (Winning Others Over)
Major: Elementary Educations

"Making the transition from high school to college is difficult for any student, but Jacqueline did it with a smile on her face every day. Her positivity is contagious which is great for an aspiring elementary school teacher! Her resilience in the face of adversity is inspiring and she will go far because she is always willing to ask for help when she needs it."   – Caroline Jones, Pilots Advisor