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a group photo of the members of the Presidential Leadership Cohort

Presidential Leadership Cohort

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Presidential Leaders


Amy Espinoza

Major: Business and Economics
Career Path - Accountant and Tax Attorney 
Hometown - Gooding 
Why CSI - I chose CSI because I’ve never seen an educational institution care so much about their students like CSI does. Whether it's a scholarship or a shoulder to cry on after a rough test, the people here are more than willing to provide you with the support you need to be successful. It’s rare to find that sense of community elsewhere. 
Fun Fact: I'm the biggest Formula 1 Racing Fan!

Avery DeWit

Major: I am an Animal Science major.
Career Path: My goal is to do field work for fish and game further down the road.
Hometown: I live in Wendell, Idaho but have always gone to school in Twin Falls.
Why CSI?: I chose CSI because it is close to home and affordable. I also love how much of a family CSI has become.
Fun Fact: I LOVE the outdoors!! I especially love working with fish!


Caleb Hampton

Major: Natural Resources.
Career path: Becoming a Forensic Anthropologist who works with the DPAA.
Hometown: Darlington Idaho.
Why CSI? I chose CSI because it's not too far but not too close to home at a good pric.
Fun Fact: I own and operate a Taxidermy Business.


Ciera Teschner

Major: Animal Science and Agribusiness
Career Path: I'm not sure exactly what I want to do for a career yet. I am planning on doing a 2+2 program at CSI through Idaho State University to get my Bachelor degree in Agricultural Science, Communication, and Leadership
Hometown: Twin Falls
Why CSI?: One of the big reasons was because CSI has an awesome Agriculture program, and it has a machining program for my husband so we can both be at the same school. Another main reason why I chose CSI over other schools is because it has smaller class sizes, which makes my education more individualized, and makes it easier to ask questions.
Fun Fact: I am a certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor and with that training I personally teach people with disabilities how to ride horses. This summer I was able to compete a second Certification as an Equine Specialist in mental health and learning.

Carson Hess

Major - Digital Media
Career Path - I hope to have my own multimedia business that focuses on photography and graphic design. 
Hometown - I am from Buhl and I attended school in the Filer school district my whole life.
Why CSI - CSI was a great choice for me because it is close to home, and provides the exact courses that I'm looking for! Not only that, but through CSI’s early college program, I was able to fast track the start of my college career throughout high school. CSI has so much to offer and I am still learning about all the benefits, I’m so excited to be attending the College of Southern Idaho! 
Fun Fact - I was the first male cheerleader at Filer High School in over 10 years.

Emilio Acevedo

Major: Psychology & Political Science
Career Path: Family & Immigration Attorney
Hometown: Jerome, Idaho
Why CSI?: I chose CSI because throughout all of high school I never even considered the idea of going to college. After my junior year heading into my senior year of high school, I made the decision that I wanted to go to college and become an attorney. Starting the journey at CSI has created a lot of paths and as given me a new way of thinking and appreciating school, and has helped me/helping me prepare for the next 6 years of my life that I will spend earning my degrees.
Fun Fact- My favorite movie is Grown Ups starring Adam Sandler, my favorite actor.

Siena Shinault

Major - Criminal Justice 
Career Path - Forensic Science
Hometown - Post Falls, ID 
Why CSI - Cost effective tuition for the same education as a university 
Fun Fact - I've never been outside the country

Jaelyn Hannan

Major - Health Science
Career Path - Registered Nurse 
Hometown - Twentynine Palms, CA
Why CSI - CSI is a great college that prioritizes the success of its students’ educations and futures, while also providing beneficial and fun programs, activities, and resources. Go Eagles! 
Fun Fact - I like plants and Whiskey Myers.


Major: Political Science and Hospitality Management
Career: I want to become a foreign diplomat
Hometown: Gooding Idaho
Why CSI: There is no better place to get started in the college world.
Fun Fact: I am an award-winning ballroom and contemporary dancer!

Kirsten Cummins

Major: Natural Resource Management
Career Path: I want to work outside, I potentially would like to work with Fish and Game as a Conservation Specialist or GIS Analyst
Hometown: Twin Falls, Idaho
Why CSI?: I chose to go to CSI because I've loved growing up in the Twin Falls community and CSI has always been a big part of that.
Fun Fact: I've completed 3 Spartan races before and hope to complete a Spartan Trifecta Weekend in the near future.

Jorden Berkley

 Major - Welding 
Career Path - Potentially Pipeline Welding 
Hometown - Hansen 
Why CSI - I chose CSI because it was a campus that felt like home and was close to my family. 
Fun Fact - I have never broken a bone. 




Addison Smith

Major: Liberal Arts
Career Path: Working with Children
Hometown: Fallon, Nevada
Why CSI?: I chose CSI because it offered everything I was looking for. The school activities, the ideal destination town, and the welcoming people all over campus.
Fun Fact: I enjoy the outdoors and hunting!

Kayden Driggs

Major: Animal Science/ Pre-Vet
Career path: Become a large and small animal veterinarian
Hometown: Driggs Idaho
Why CSI: I chose CSI because of the amazing agriculture program
Fun fact: I served as the Idaho FFA State President 

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Lacey Mecham

Major: RN
Career Path: I would like to take my RN career to the sky and become a flight nurse
Hometown: I grew up in Declo but have lived in Twin Falls since graduating HS in 07
Why CSI: I chose CSI because of the location, it's close to my home making it easy for me to be both a mother and a student. Also, my grandmother, mother, sister all graduated from CSI nursing program.
Fun Fact: I used to race Motocross before becoming a mom. I am still a huge outdoor enthusiast. I love to hunt waterfowl, upland, and big game. I still ride dirt bikes, and love to waterski and snow ski!