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*Student of the Week*

Our Pilots Students of the Week are exceptional first-year students who have displayed determination, academic excellence, positivity in the face of adversity, and who inspire others to "Live the Wildcat Way!" Do you know a Pilots student who exemplifies the Wildcat Way? Nominate them for student of the week!

February 15 - February 19, 2015Sierra-Chase


Top 5 Strengths:  Input— Harmony Intellection Restorative Learner

"Cici has an incredibly positive attitude and her presence in the lab really brightens the day. She is dedicated to her work and goals and is constantly striving to improve.  Her persevering attitude, sense of self, and positive outlook on life will help her achieve all of her dreams. Keep up the good work, Cici" 
- RJ Youngblood, Instructor

"Cici was able to develop amazing study skills in a few weeks during her first semester. She was able to achieve her goal of getting good grades through her dedication to working hard every day, studying effectively and attending her PA hours and classes. She always has a smile on her face :)" 
- Nilima Bhoi, Pilots Advisor

"Cici is such a bright and intrinsically motivated student. She utilizes the Pilots study lab to work independently, even outside of her PA hours. Cici radiates positivity wherever she is. I'm certain she will be successful and bring joy to those around her wherever she finds herself in the future".
 - Jill Abbott,Graduate Assistant

February 8 - February 12, 2015Ryan Ehrenberg


Top 5 Strengths: Futuristic — Connectedness—DeveloperIncluderEmpathy

"Ryan is an exceptional student and person. He doesn’t just work hard, he excels at his studies – and even earned a 4.0 GPA his first semester of college! I appreciate that Ryan is so kind and considerate to all Pilots staff and students, his humbleness, and his ability to build others up. I am impressed by his willingness to help his peers and his willingness to ask for help." 
- RJ Youngblood, Instructor

"Ryan is always ahead in all his academic work and uses the resources very well. I was very impressed when he said he was already using the writing center when I saw him in the beginning of last semester. He set his goals to get all A’s and he DID IT! His humbleness when he talks to any one makes him stand out and much appreciated. We are proud of you, Ryan, and you will do great this semester."  
- Nilima Bhoi, Pilots Advisor

September 28- October 2, 2015J Sanderson


Top 5 Strengths: Intellection, Ideation, Restorative, Context, Input

"Jacob has already proven to be an exemplary Pilots student! He utilizes the lab to its full potential by attending more than the two required hours a week. He is frequently the first person I see in the morning when I open the lab and one of the last to leave. His eagerness to engage with his course material shows that he is putting in the time and effort to get the most out of his college learning experience. Coming to the lab helps him to stay organized, remain on top of all of his school work, and helps him to foster some great study habits. Way to be a great example of how to stay prepared in college, Jacob!" - Pilots instructor/tutoring coordinator, RJ Youngblood

"I'd like to note that Jacob's selected photo really showcases his witty sense of humor, dry sarcasm, and fun personality - love it!" - Pilots advisor, Shay Dodson (last minute addition)

September 21 - 25, 2015Micayla C


Top 5 Strengths: Empathy, Restorative, Developer, Harmony, Achiever

“I was so impressed meeting with Micayla last week! She loves her major, Family Studies and Human Services. She has worked in a mental health facility with children with brain injuries, and she hopes to do something similar in her career. Micayla is having a great time at K‑State and I can see each of her Top 5 strengths shine through when working with her. She definitely has a heart for helping others.  I can’t wait to see Micayla grow during her freshman year!" - Pilots Advisor, Shay Dodson

April 27 - May 1, 2015Katia


Top 5 Strengths: Futuristic, Context, Strategic, Achiever, Positivity

“Katia Chavira has been an inspiration to me and I am a better person for having worked with her. She is already doing great things on campus in her Geography department, working for the College of Education “Go Teacher” Program, and she is also preparing to educate and advocate for migrant worker families and their students this summer. Katia says, “Migrant education is important and very close to my heart because I myself am a migrant student and someone saw potential in me and put aside my social status. [...] Education is the greatest asset a person can obtain in this life.” I am incredibly proud of Katia and her work in social justice! This young woman is going places- I can’t wait to see what all she will accomplish!” - Pilots Advisor, Shay Dodson 

Student Action with Farmworkers (Katia's fundraising page)

“Katia is an extremely hardworking and bright student. I have been her PA for the last two semesters and have thoroughly enjoyed every hour with her. She shows a great aptitude for geography and is willing to work hard to achieve her goals. Katia’s enthusiasm is infectious and can be seen by all that work with her!” - Geography PA, Megan McHaney

Katia was recently honored with an Undergraduate Student Award from the Department of Geography. Congrats, Katia! 
News release

Ross HarknessApril 20 - 27, 2015


Top 5 Strengths: Strategic, Responsibility, Analytical, Competition, Arranger

“Ross is engaged the most, is very involved, pays attention in class, and is very articulate. Ross is a non-traditional military veteran student with a family that is eager to learn!” - Sociology instructor, Daniel Sitterle

“Ross is a diligent, hard-working student who is majoring in Mechanical Engineering. He recently joined the Engineers Honor Society – an incredible achievement! He really impressed me with his talent of designing aircrafts and is extremely determined to work toward this dream. I know Ross will be an amazing aircraft engineer someday and his commitment to academic excellence will certainly pay off.” - Pilots Advisor, Shay Dodson

NakiaApril 13 -17, 2015


Top 5 Strengths: Relator, Responsibility, Intellection, Learner, Harmony

“Nakia is an exceptionally bright and motivated student who is always engaged in class. I am continually amazed at her ability to integrate information discussed in lecture to her own life and her willingness to help explain the material to her peers. It is truly a pleasure to have her in class. I know she will be extremely successful here at K-State and in her career- whatever that may be.” - Taylor Wadian, Psych 110 Instructor

“Nakia is extremely mature, diligent, and she is an excellent student! She’s involved with the Criminal Justice club and the Black Student Union. Nakia always seems on top of things and is really achieving the full college experience! I know she will go far in whatever she sets her mind to, whether it is CSI, Criminal Justice, or the CIA!” - Shay Dodson, Pilots advisor

Cali April 13- 17, 2015


Top 5 Strengths: Communication, Woo, Includer, Empathy, Positivity

“Cali is a dedicated student who works hard and is never afraid to ask questions. She is always actively engaged during lecture, and is extremely diligent in her note taking. I can tell Cali is driven, and truly wants to understand the material that is covered. She is an exemplary student and, I believe, a great role model for others.” - Taylor Wadian, Psych 110 Instructor

“Cali always paid close attention in class and seemed so eager to learn and do her best. A real pleasure to have in class!” - Jennifer Tope, History 252 Instructor

Cedric MayberryApril 6 - 10, 2015


“Cedric is more than deserving of the Student of the Week due to his exceptional attitude and constant participation. Cedric is an outstanding student whose positive attitude has an impact on his fellow students. I can often expect Cedric to be honest in class when I am not clear on something which encourages me to become a more effective teacher. Further, Cedric’s overall performance in the class points to his ability and willingness to do well in college.” - COMM 106 Instructor, Katrina Hanna

“I’ve observed that Cedric is personable, friendly, willing to engage honestly in discussing his opinions and classwork with other students, and open to helping those who may feel unsure about an assignment. He also has a great sense of humor!” - Writing PA, Margaret Burton

Gina and WillieMarch 30 - April 3, 2015


Top 5 Strengths: Communication, Includer, Positivity, Belief, Responsibility

“Gina is a wonderful student. I can always count on her to be present and active in every lecture, and every discussion. It is truly a pleasure to have her in my class.” - Psych 110 instructor, Taylor Wadian

“Gina is an outstanding student and an exemplary role model. She is a Pilots scholarship finalist and is applying for Human Ecology student ambassador, I wish her the best! Gina is bright, kind, super positive, and always prepared. She will make an incredible student ambassador and leader at K-State!” - Pilots Advisor Shay Dodson

Alex KramerMarch 23 - 27, 2015


Top 5 Strengths: Discipline, Empathy, Responsibility, Individualization, Ideation

“I have noticed how hard Alex works since the beginning of the school year. He takes advantage of the resources the program offers and always displays a friendly and positive attitude. Alex’s perseverance and determination are admirable! We are proud of you, Alex!” - Pilots Program Director, Rebeca Paz

“Alex deserves Student of the Week for his perseverance and spirit. Alex works hard and attends the study lab very often. I am proud of you Alex!” - Pilots Advisor, Lenndy Batista

Matt McLeodMarch 9 - 13, 2015


“Matthew stands out as a student through his ability to apply concepts discussed in class above what is expected. Matthew is clearly a bright student who continuously performs at a high level in class, on speeches, and on exams. Matthew deserves Student of the Week due to his strong and consistent performance as a student of K-State.” - Public Speaking instructor, Katrina Hanna

“I find Matt to be an extraordinary student. In our very first PA session, Matt articulated a remarkably mature grasp of the complex ideas that underpin the English 100 curriculum, and he drew his fellow students into discussion of these ideas in a relaxed, sympathetic manner. His writing skills are among the best that I’ve ever seen. Even so, he is always seeking to improve his work and to learn from whatever situation in which he finds himself. I must admit that, as an English-major type, I was somewhat disappointed to learn that writing itself is not his first love academically. That position may be taken by his artwork, beautiful sketching of the human body in movement, and studies of movement—perhaps encouraged by his love of soccer. It has been a joy to work with Matt.” - Writing Peer Assistant, Margaret Burton


AddisonMarch 2 - 6, 2015


Top 5 Strengths: Positivity, Maximizer, Significance, Consistency, Achiever

“Addison shows great knowledge of College Algebra material. She received a perfect score on the Unit 1 quiz. Addison consistently utilizes the Pilots lab PA hour to the fullest and shows great work ethic.” - Math PA, Dayton Crist

“Addison is a great student and academic role model. She completed the fall semester with a 3.3 GPA and is now at the top of her class in Math 100! I admire Addison’s determination and I know that she will continue to make great strides as she continues on in her college career at K-State.” - Pilots Advisor, Shay Dodson

AbelFebruary 23- 27, 2015


Top 5 Strengths: Woo, Belief, Restorative, Communication, Positivity

“Abel is an intelligent and hardworking first year student who has demonstrated courage and perseverance. He inspires us and makes us proud. Keep up the good work, Abel!” - Pilots Program Director, Rebeca Paz

"Abel has demonstrated immense growth both personally and academically since coming to K-State. As a first generation student Abel places tremendous effort in being a role model for his siblings. Abel has definitely proven to himself and Pilots Program staff that he has what it takes to push himself to succeed academically. Students like Abel inspire me to keep pushing students to see beyond obstacles to succeed academically and professionally. I am excited to see all that you will accomplish Abel!” - Pilots Advisor, Lenndy Batista

February 16- 20, 2015


Top 5 Strengths: Includer, Woo, Competition, Communication, Positivity

“Despite a challenging start to the semester, Molly has displayed optimism and is facing those challenges head on! Molly is bright, always cheerful, and determined to succeed – I admire her positive attitude!” - Pilots Advisor, Shay Dodson

Mario Garcia IIIFebruary 9 - 13, 2015


Top 5 Strengths: Woo, Communication, Belief, Maximizer, Futuristic

“It is evident to me that Mario is a very diligent and determined student. He is always focused and actively engaged with his PAs. His desire to learn and his dedication to his studies is unmistakable. Academics aside, Mario’s infectious enthusiasm and positive attitude are an example to all” -Graduate Assistant Kara Warren

“Mario not only always came into tutoring having read and attended lecture, but constantly had questions that expanded the discussion of whatever historical period we were going over, benefitting not only himself, but engaging the entire group”. -Fall 2014 History PA Haley Claxton

“Mario is a model student during PA hours; he is consistently engaged, interested, asks great questions, and always arrives with a smile. It’s great to see Mario in the study lab and around campus- he can light up a room! I admire his positivity and his work ethic; I know Mario will go far in whatever he sets his mind to!” -Pilots Advisor Shay Dodson

Katie KlonderFebruary 2 - 6, 2015


Top 5 Strengths: Woo, Includer, Maximizer, Positivity, Adaptability 

“Katie stood out in her PA hours not only from a love for the subject we were studying but also from a genuine desire to obtain knowledge and piece information together. It was a delight to engage with Katie because she strived to learn independently but also confidently asked questions and desired to discuss concepts with me and her peers. She has a skill for teaching others as she learns herself.” Vicki Sears, History PA

“Katie started her 1st year of college determined to find her passion. Since the fall semester, Katie has been very active in her sorority and on campus organizations all the while maintaining academics her priority. Despite obstacles, she always aims high and stays optimistic. Katie has utilized Pilots Program resources to her full advantage. I have no doubt that Katie will continue to push herself to reach her goals and dreams. Keep up the good work, Katie!” Lenndy Batista, Pilots Advisor

Morgh'an WiseJanuary 26 - 30, 2015


Top 5 Strengths: Futuristic, Individualization, Positivity, Strategic, Achiever

“Morgh’An is a quiet and gentle student who works diligently toward achieving her goals. During the fall semester I have had the privilege of getting to know her well, and I have seen the results of steady work in her great academic performance. Keep up the great work, Morgh’an! We are proud of you." Pilots Program Director Rebeca Paz

“When I first met Morgh’An at enrollment, I saw a bright and positive young woman. She always has a great attitude and a contagious smile. Morgh’An is dedicated to her academics and has never missed a study lab assignment or PA hour. Morgh’an is on the quiet side  (I can relate to that!), and I enjoy talking to her. She’s funny, very friendly, and an excellent student—I know she’ll be successful in no matter what she sets her mind to!” - Pilots Advisor Shay Dodson

“Morgh’An is a passionate student who gives it her all to achieve her dreams. She has impressed us all with her determination and ambition to succeed in her 1st year of college. I am excited to see all that Morgh’An will accomplish at K-State! " - Pilots Advisor Lenndy Batista


Chassidy KearneyDecember 1 - 5, 2014


Top 5 Strengths: Responsibility, Consistency, Adaptability, Restorative, Deliberative

“Chassidy is a hard working student who has the courage to step out of her comfort zone. She takes advantage of the Pilots Program resources available to her. She listens, reflects, and pushes herself to do her best. Keep up the good work, Chassidy! We are proud of you!” - Rebeca Paz, Pilots Program Director

“Chassidy has a quiet, yet strong and calming presence. I always enjoy seeing her in the lab; she is usually very focused and hard at work! Chassidy communicates well with her advisors, instructors, and PAs. I know Chassidy will be successful in whatever she sets her mind to! I’ve enjoyed talking (and joking) with Chassidy this past semester and look forward to seeing how much she will grow and all she will achieve in the coming year.” - Shay Dodson, Pilots Study Lab Coordinator/Advisor

“Chassidy was able to identify her goals and areas she wanted to improve on from the start. I have noticed immense personal and academic growth in Chassidy throughout this semester. I believe Chassidy will not only be inspiring to others, but will make a difference in this world in whatever field of study she decides to pursue at college.” - Lenndy Batista, Pilots Advisor

Chris HullabyNovember 17- 21, 2014


Top 5 Strengths: Restorative, Futuristic, Consistency, Woo, Communication

“Chris sees the need to remain current in his work, and to come for help when needed. He comes to my office several times a week, and has an admirable attitude toward learning. I enjoy our frequent visits.” - Dale Hawkinson, MATH 100 Instructor

Chris is a student who focuses on his studies and demonstrates a commitment to his education on a daily basis. Through the semester, he has impressed us not only with his diligence, but his friendly disposition and positivity. The Pilots staff has a great deal of admiration for Chris’ work ethic and perseverance. Keep up the good work, Chris!” - Rebeca Paz, Pilots Program Director

"Chris shows his everyday by showing up on time and putting focus on his work. He will try and try until he understands the concept; there is no quitting for him. Chris will be great at whatever he chooses to do in life.” - Dayton Crist, Math PA

Elaine SiscoNovember 10 - 14, 2014


Top 5 Strengths: Empathy, Developer, Positivity, Belief, Restorative

"Elaine is a student that not only consistently shows up to class physically but also mentally. She has been a student that has been engaged throughout the semester and is a great example for other students. Her work ethic and knowledge will lead her to a successful career with her field.” - Bart Grudzinski, GEOG 100 instructor

"Elaine is a dedicated, hard working, and enthusiastic student. Not only is she passionate in her study, but she also isn't afraid to ask questions and make sense of the world in new ways. It's been a great pleasure to work with her in writing!" - Heather Etelamaki, Writing PA/ENGL 100 GTA

"Elaine always has a positive attitude and a smile on her face whenever I see her in the study lab. Even in the face of obstacles, she has an unwavering determination to succeed in her classes. She loves working with animals and volunteers her time at the Manhattan zoo; her love for animals shines through and it’s always a joy to hear her talk about her passion. I can’t wait to see what all this admirable student will accomplish!"  - Shay Dodson, Pilots Study Lab Coordinator/Advisor

“Elaine is very motivated and passionate about accomplishing her career goals. Despite obstacles, her personal strengths, perseverance, and ambition help her aim high! I believe Elaine will be very successful.” - Lenndy Batista, Pilots Advisor  

Martina Scates

November 3 - 7, 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

Madison McLenonOctober 27 - 31, 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

Taylor HiltonOctober 20- 24, 2014


Top 5 Strengths: Woo, Includer, Adaptability, Positivity, Developer

“Taylor always comes in when she needs help. Despite obstacles, Taylor stays dedicated to her academics and tries very hard in her classes. She is an inspiration!” -  Public Speaking PA Sarah

“Taylor Hilton’s positivity shines bright. From the moment I met her at enrollment, she displayed maturity and confidence. I could tell she was a determined young woman and was ready to put in the hard work to achieve her goal of a college education. Taylor puts in time and effort during her PA hours to ensure each hour is productive. I know she’ll go far in whatever she sets her mind to!  I’m glad to have her as part of the Pilots program – I look forward to seeing what all Taylor will accomplish during her years at K-State, and beyond.” – Pilots Lab Coordinator/Instructor Shay Dodson

“Taylor exudes her positivity strength. She is very upbeat and excited to be at K-State. She is doing very well in her classes due to her focus, organization and confidence in her own abilities. It is a joy working with Taylor, she brightens my day with her enthusiasm and I enjoy working with her and trying to answer all of her challenging questions. Keep up the great work.” –Pilots advisor Caroline Jones

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