Recognizing the students who make our community great.

Each year, the Division of Student Life recognizes students who go above and beyond to enhance the student experience. View the video above to see the 2019-2020 virtual award presentation!

The following students were nominated for 2019-2020:

Encourage Award

This award recognizes a student employee who has demonstrated the unique ability to inspire and motivate others to learn and develop. Nominees for this award promoted self-awareness, collaboration, and personal and professional growth in others, and embody a team-oriented mentality. 

  • Bretta Nienow
  • Alex Van Cleave
  • Trevor Sandidge
  • Nick Dinaro
  • Lauren Novacek (winner)
  • Victoria Kaahaaina
  • Ethan O’Hair
  • Joey D’Alesio
  • Kevin Todd
  • Kiley Nelson
  • Ethan Elumba
  • Ivie Sprenger
  • Maddie Elsasser

Innovation Award

This award is given to a student who used creativity to implement a new program, practice or tool this year. Nominees for this award displayed outside the box thinking to enhance the Creighton community.


  • Peyton Fleming
  • Trevor Sandidge (winner)
  • Caitlin Mills
  • Gabbi Ibarra
  • Sarah Schmitz
  • Marian Pacho

Partnership Award

This award recognizes a student who has enhanced the student experience through collaborative efforts. Nominees for this award displayed a positive attitude toward others, openness to new ideas, an understanding of the goals of multiple groups and a desire to provide more for our students.

  • Michael Ehrhart
  • Brooke Pickette
  • Corby Brigham
  • Emily Burke
  • Hugh Truempi (winner)
  • Caitlyn Tigner
  • Andrew Valiquette
  • Grace Kelly

Impact Award

This award recognizes a student who has made a significant contribution to multiple departments this year. Nominees for this award displayed depth in their various commitments by leading activities within multiple departments and assisting in building bridges amongst those entities.

  • Grant Goffoy (winner)
  • Lexi Christiansen
  • Molly Antonson
  • Taylor Gould
  • Ayushi Kaul
  • Efren Garcia
  • Martyna Adamiec
  • Jessie Lee
  • Yvonna Lopez
  • Angie Ngo
  • Grace Kelly
  • Sophie Birkholt

Leader of Tomorrow

This award recognizes an aspiring student leader just beginning a leadership journey here at Creighton. Nominees for this award are involved in various activities on campus, show the commitment and potential to make an impact in the future and are looked up to by their peers, even though they may lack the title or position to garner such admiration. 

  • Colby Austin
  • Emma Hickman (winner)
  • Brayton Matuska
  • Kate Tietjen
  • Obinna Okoye
  • Ashley “Nelly” Nelson
  • Chris Green
  • Collin Aslor
  • Sena Morimoto

Leader of Today

This award recognizes a student leader who has recently entered a leadership role and is already making a significant impact, handling adversity and pushing an organization forward. Nominees for this award have embraced change and used it to lead their organizations to a prosperous future.

  • Kailen Wong (winner)
  • Eva Harwerth
  • Colin Lakeman
  • Noah Harrahill
  • Maggie Sackinsky
  • Jennifer Ecklund
  • Saige Jager
  • Tyger Callahan
  • Nick Majetich
  • Abby Slyter
  • Ben Murray
  • Zaire Harris
  • Ethan Farner
  • Gabby Lamberty
  • Blake Zdechlik
  • Adam Taylor
  • Jackson Parks
  • Andrew Nguyen
  • David Amorim Caldas

Leader of Yesterday

This award is given to a senior student who has shown tireless leadership and dedication. Nominees for this award have held at least one executive-level position and have helped shape where their organizations are today, leaving legacies that will be felt even after they’ve graduated. 

  • Donna Shahbazi
  • Whitney Aman
  • Sarah Giaomini
  • Naomi Hawkins (winner)
  • Peter Liang
  • Grant Goffoy
  • Nick Goodenow
  • Katrina Nesbit
  • Olivia Marcotte
  • Haley Supergan
  • Matt Matternas
  • Dom Babich
  • David Gianos
  • Keegan Pask
  • Marian Pacho