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Forty-Two Students Named 2014-15 Wayne State Navigators

Published Monday, October 13th, 2014

They are story-tellers. They give campus tours. They help host college events. They serve on student panels. They are Navigators.

They are story-tellers.

They give campus tours. They help host college events. They serve on student panels.

They are Navigators.

Forty-two students have been named this year's select group of leaders at Wayne State College. Twenty are first-time Navigators, and 22 are returning.

Navigators serve as the official student representatives of the college to current and prospective students, parents, high school guidance counselors, and the larger community.

"The Navigator program is absolutely key to everything we do in admissions,” said Amy Gade, Coordinator of Admissions Services. “We know that prospective students who visit our campus are over 60 percent more likely to enroll at WSC. Having such a wonderful group of student ambassadors of the college helps our prospective students get a real feel for what life at WSC could really be like for them. These students then leave our campus feeling more informed and prepared to make their college decision, and often because of their experience with our Navigators, that decision is to attend WSC!"

Navigators play an important role in illustrating to prospective students what WSC is all about, and they are especially enthusiastic about that part of their job.

"I wanted to be a part of Navigators because I want to be able share my college experiences with future Wildcats,” said Navigator Kelley Robinson of Polk, Neb. “I want them to be able to have that moment I had when I visited, that ‘I feel like I belong here’ moment, and to show them all the benefits of going to college, wherever they choose to go."

The following is the full list of the 2014-15 Navigators, including their hometowns and majors:

Jessica Barry, Wahoo, Neb. – Special Education
Laura Bergeron, Omaha, Neb. – Early Childhood Education
Anna Bracker, Underwood, Iowa – Speech Communication
Justise Brundage, Shelton, Neb. – Journalism
Nicole Buse, West Point , Neb. – Biology/Pre-Nursing
Larissa Buster, Lincoln, Neb. – Counseling
Eleanor Cerveny, Aurora, Neb. – Elementary/Special Education
Jenna Derner, Saint Paul, Neb. – Chemistry/Pre-Pharmacy
Lucas Fedde, Omaha, Neb. – Elementary Education/Foods & Nutrition
Alexandria Filipowicz, Elkhorn, Neb. – Elementary Education
Robert Hall, Bennington, Neb. – Speech Communication
Ben Gehring, Ponca, Neb. – Natural Science Education
Matthew Henery, Battle Creek, Neb. – Business/Marketing & Management
Chelsea Huston, Central City, Neb. – Business/Sports Management
Amanda Kahny, Osmond, Neb. – Criminal Justice
Makael Lanum, Plattsmouth, Neb. – Business Administration
Thom Machal, Gretna, Neb. – Public Accounting/Finance
Jesse Mayo, Madison, Neb. – Art Education
Laura McGahan, Lincoln, Neb. – Human Service Counseling
Hannah Meyer, Norfolk, Neb. – Elementary/Special Education
Lindsey Milburn, Rushville, Neb. – Speech Communication
Melanie Mimick, David City, Neb. – Business/English Education
Alli Newberg, Springfield, Neb. – Elementary/Special Education
Alexander Norton, West Point, Neb. – Business/Human Resource Mgmt
Keely Odell, Clearwater, Neb. – Speech Communication
Caitlin Olcott, Columbus, Neb. – Early Childhood/Elementary Education
Kolton Powell, Norfolk, Neb. – Chemistry Health Science
MaKayla Ptaschek, Lincoln, Neb. – Elementary Education/Early Childhood
Brett Quick, Aurora, Neb. – Music Education
Kelley Robinson, Polk, Neb. – English Education
Abby Schademann, Columbus, Neb. – Speech Communication
Nathan Schreiter, Martell, Neb. – Business/Marketing & Management
Allyssa Schroeder, Yankton, SD – Math Education
Becky, Shafer, Aurora, Neb. – Elementary Education/Early Childhood
Angelique, Stappert, Wynot, Neb. – Elementary Education
Cody Stappert, Wynot, Neb. – Business Education
Kendall Uhrich, Gering, Neb. – Speech Communication
Amy Venteicher, Pierce, Neb. – Pre-Pharmacy
Kelsie Waldon, Sioux City, Iowa – Criminal Justice
Jaden Wamstad, Laurel, Neb. – Elementary Education
Lindsay Wolken, Madison, Neb. – English/History Education
Taylor Worden, Omaha, Neb. – Speech Communication