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a group photo of the members of the Presidential Leadership Cohort

Presidential Leadership Cohort

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Avery DeWit

Major- Biology  
Career Path- Potentially a Fish and Game Biologist  
Hometown- Grew up in Wendell. Went to school in Twin Falls.  
Why CSI- Great opportunity to find out what I want to do without spending a lot of money.  
Fun Fact- I love animals and have two tortoises.  

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.

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

Josie McDonald

Major - Communications 
Career Path - Campaign Manager 
Hometown - Indianapolis, IN 
Why CSI - I have a goal to graduate debt free 
Fun Fact - I am a twin. 

Madison Weiers

 Major - Animal Science 
Career Path - Veterinarian 
Hometown - Rigby 
Why CSI - CSI offers a welcoming atmosphere and let me stay near family and my hometown. The school aligns with my career and leadership goals, with many opportunities available!
Fun Fact - I am afraid of spiders 

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 - If I could keep any animal as a pet, it would be a roadrunner. 

Kim Crouse

 Major - Animal Science 
Career Path - Doctor of Veterinary Medicine 
Hometown - Jerome 
Why CSI - I want to stay close to home as long as possible, while still being able to follow my dreams. 
Fun Fact - I eat ramen with a spoon.

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. 

Melissa Hardy

 Major - Animal Science 
Career Path - Agricultural Education - Agricultural Teacher and/or FFA Advisor 
Hometown - Oakley 
Why CSI - CSI was the perfect fit with the small campus and beautiful scenery. They have such a large selection of student activities, clubs, and degree paths! This was just the perfect place to begin my postsecondary education with the opportunity availabilities and affordable tuition!
Fun Fact - My family and I breed Great Danes and love to snowmobile throughout the wintertime! 

Lucy Garcia-Torres

 Major - Biology
Career Path - Vet Tech
Hometown - Twin Falls
Why CSI - Chose CSI because it was close to my family, and I wanted some college experience before I leave for University.
Fun Fact - I was Athlete of the Year for my graduating high school class.

Presidential Leaders

Isai Olivera Mendoza

Major - Mathematics 
Career Path - Math Teacher 
Hometown - Bellevue 
Why CSI - Financially it was a smarter choice for me and with everything going online during the start of COVID, I decided it would be smarter to go start off my secondary education at CSI. From there I thoroughly enjoyed my time at CSI last year, and a big part of that was thanks to my professor and all the help CSI has to offer. Whenever I needed help on an assignment, I knew my professors were more than happy to help me out and I just know those relationships with my professors are something I couldn’t find anywhere else which brings me back to CSI this year. 
Fun Fact - I'm a barista at Starbucks. 

Kadence Parker

Major - Health Science 
Career - Nursing 
Hometown - Jerome 
Why CSI - As I've grown up in the Magic Valley, CSI has always felt like home to me. When I started to look into my options for college, I knew that CSI was the perfect college for me. It has already provided so many opportunities for me to grow as a learner and as a person. One of the best parts is knowing that I'm getting "my bang for my buck" while attending here. Choosing CSI has been one of the best decisions I have made for my future! 
Fun Fact - My favorite food is Mac & Cheese

Amy Espinoza Madrid

Major - Business and Political Science 
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 is a scholarship or just 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’ve traveled to five countries and I love Formula 1 racing! Also if you know about Led Zeppelin, then we’re instantly best friends :) 

Tia Standlee

Major - Health Science 
Career Path - Registered Nurse, eventually a Flight Nurse. 
Hometown - Rupert 
Why CSI - I am a mother of three and it is so easy and welcoming to be here at CSI. Everyone that has crossed my path on my journey of going back to school has been simply amazing and very supportive. I couldn’t imagine going anywhere else. It was so easy and convenient to make my schedule go around my kids school schedule. 
Fun Fact - I love hiking and plan on hiking all nine of the 12ers in Idaho. I have one done!