Student of the Week!

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 Spring 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

March 31 - April 4, 2014

Cydney Hutton


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


JemimaTop 5 Strengths:
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 re
spectful, friendly, attentive and participates actively in class. 
Dale Hawkinson, Mathematics 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 Lab Coordinator
March 10 - 17, 2014



Top 5 Strengths:
Major: Open Option

Tessie shows up to all her sessions on time and is ready to go with all her notes. I can tell she is very organized just from looking at her notes. ​When it comes to sociology, there are not many assignments, but she is always ready to learn material beyond what has been covered in class. 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.
Sociology PA, Kevin Stief

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! -Pilots Lab Coordinator, Shay Dodson
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. ​ -Pilots Advisor, Caroline Jones
February 24 - 28, 2014


Samuel Austin

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

"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!” 
-Pilots Advisor, Caroline Jones



February 17 - 21, 2014



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

“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.” 
–Pilots Advisor, Caroline Jones