2012 Student Bios

Aaron Back

Aaron Back

Lindsey Wilson College

Aaron is an outdoorsman who loves to camp, fish, and hunt. He has wrestled since he was five years old and it is his passion. Aaron has become the well-rounded individual he is today because of wrestling. It has taught him to work hard in every aspect of his life. He has learned to be a team player as well as a leader. Aaron was the team captain on the wrestling team for most of his middle school and high school career. He has learned integrity along with loyalty and sportsmanship. Aaron has also learned how to be confident in front of people and to lead effectively. He is studying Recreation, Tourism, and Sports Management with a minor in business.


Alec Meddings

Alec Meddings

Bethel University

Alec is on the swim team. After college, he plans to teach physical education either in middle school or high school. He would also like to coach swimming. Alec enjoys being active in sports or just hanging out with friends and he loves helping people no matter what the situation is. Alec is highly motivated, a great supporter, very kind, and accountable. He believes that if you want to be a leader, you have to follow first. Through sports, he has learned to have a positive attitude toward other athletes and coaches and knows that will make him a stronger and wiser person.


Baily Tom

Baily Tom

Indiana Institute of Technology

Baily is triple majoring in business administration with a concentration in human resources, therapeutic recreation, and recreation management. Her goal is one day direct an entire wing of a hospital. A Dean’s Scholar with a 4.0, Baily plays outfield for the softball team. Her activities include being a member of the Student Ambassadors, co-president of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) chapter at Tech, and writing for Tech’s newspaper. Baily is very outgoing, team-oriented, and she possesses many leadership skills that will help pave the way for success in the future.


Clayton O'Neill

Clayton O'Neill

Southwestern Assemblies of God University

Clayton is a marketing major. During the summer Clayton enjoys spending his time at a recreational camp for kids where his experience in high school as the president of the Spanish National Honor Society helps him tremendously to communicate with the Hispanic kids at the camp. Clayton has played basketball his whole life and was also the captain of his high school cross country team. Clayton feels confident that all of the dedication and hard work that he has put forth in his life thus far is preparation for the success that awaits in his future.


Derek Gross

Derek Gross

Indiana University Southeast

Derek is currently studying business finance and has 4.0 GPA. He is a pitcher on the Indiana University Southeast baseball team, winners of the KIAC conference last season. During his high school senior year for baseball, he was selected to the All-Conference team, All-Region team, and All-Area first team and he was also selected by his teammates to be awarded the Top Gun pitching award, Academically, he was a member of The National Honor Society, Junior Advisory Board, an academic All-Conference Indiana selection, and was chosen to represent his school as a Leader of Tomorrow for Monroe County. Upon completion of his bachelor’s degree, Derek plans to become a financial analyst.


Emily Koch

Emily Koch

Avila University

Emily enjoys volunteering when she has free time and she has always been the kind of person who loves to care for others. With her love for taking care of others, Emily is majoring in nursing. After she graduates, her goal is to further her studies and become a nurse practitioner. Emily hopes to specialize in neonatal care or pediatrics. Emily plays volleyball. At times playing a sport and being a student is difficult, but she has always been up for the challenge. The reason that Emily enjoys doing both is because she loves being a part of a team that she can always look to for help in school or anything in general.


Hannah Husmann

Hannah Husmanm

Nebraska Wesleyan University

Hannah is pursuing a BS in political science, a BA in Spanish, and a minor in communication studies. She is a runner for a local law firm. As a tennis player she earned the “new comer of the year” award in the spring of 2011 and led the women’s team in the most singles wins with a record of (16-3). She serves on the Student-Athlete Advisory Council, is a member of Delta Zeta sorority, and is a Junior Pan-Hellenic Delegate. Her volunteering activities include the Big Brothers Big Sisters program and Nebraska Wesleyan’s Colleges against Cancer. In the summer Hannah works as a lifeguard and pool manager and has knowledge and experience in CPR, First Aid, and AED training.


Jacob Simmonds

Jacob Simmonds

Friends University

Jacob has always strived to do what is best and help those in need This is why he has participated in several youth mission projects including building houses in Mexico for less fortunate families and aiding in the relief effort in New Orleans after hurricane Katrina. Jacob holds himself to high standards not only on the basketball court, but in the classroom as well and that has allowed him to become a collegiate athlete and the valedictorian of his senior high school class. This along with the support of his family has pushed him to become the person that he is today. Jacob's major is physical therapy.


Kamari Palmer

Kamari Palmer

Allen University

Kamari was born and raised in California. She has been an athlete all of her life, starting to play sports when she was just five years old. Kamari has played a number of sports, including volleyball, softball, basketball, and track & field. During her sports career, Kamari has learned that no matter what the situation is, win or lose, she must always respect her opponent. She plays volleyball for Allen University. Her major is biology and her minor is pre-health. Kamari hopes to one day become a pediatrician.


Molly Knight

Kate Kendall

Illinois Institute of Technology

Kate plays volleyball. She is an offensive powerhouse earning Region VII Freshman of the Year, Region VII Honorable Mention, CCAC All-Conference first team, CCAC Freshman of the Year, Illinois Tech Best Newcomer, and Illinois Tech Freshman Female Athlete of the Year accolades in 2010. Kate is a Political Science major and this past year she was named CCAC Player of the Week on Oct 3. She is involved in Union Board, Scarlet Fever and various Breast Cancer Awareness groups, all while carrying a 3.28 cumulative GPA.


Konner McIntire

Konner McIntire

MidAmerica Nazarene University

Konner hails from the Joplin community. She never understood how important blood drives truly are until May of 2011 when her whole life was drastically changed by a storm. One third of the town she was raised in was wiped out by an EF 5 tornado. Many people were injured and in critical need of blood. Many citizens teamed up with the Red Cross and organized blood drives. The blood they received helped save many lives in Joplin. Seeing the results of her service projects make them all worthwhile! Konner is so thankful for all the opportunities she has been given to help her city, country, and the world.


Molly Knight

Molly Knight

Marian University

Molly is majoring in finance, with a minor in business administration as well as a concentration in human resource management. She plays on the golf team and is in the honors program. She was on the homecoming committee and gained experience managing the budgets. Her accomplishments include graduating number four in her high school class, being a member of the varsity golf and tennis teams, being president of the school’s honor society, and raising over $8,000 as the 2010 Hospice Queen. She is a very driven, hardworking, and motivated student-athlete who always strives to be the best.


Tamara Bates

Tamara Bates

Philander Smith College, Greater Ozarks/Arkansas Region

Tamara's major is biology. She is very involved on her campus, participating in various organizations such as BLESS THE MIC street team, Pre-Medicine Society, Religious Life, Big Brothers Big Sisters, V.I.P (Volunteer in Progress), Platinum by Design and she plays on the women’s basketball team. Her personal motto is “You cannot achieve a new goal by applying the same level of thinking that got you where you are today.” The Red Cross helped her family when they lost their home in November 2010 and she is so thankful for the tremendous job done to ensure they had a place to sleep and food to eat.


Taylor Hosna

Taylor Hosna

Missouri Baptist University

Taylor is majoring in physical education. The event which most influenced Taylor throughout high school was the annual benefit game for the Susan G. Komen Foundation. These games allowed her to support, encourage, and show empathy for those in a battle with cancer as well as help remember those who had lost their fight. Sport participation has helped Taylor develop drive and discipline; she has learned to keep a positive attitude and to demonstrate integrity not just to impress onlookers but to show respect. It is her goal to grow in character and become a leader in her community throughout college.


Zach Aldrich

Zach Aldrich

Baker University, Central Plains Region

Zach is studying business. He is in the “Bronston Fellows” Business honors program. When Zach reaches the upper division course work he intends to focus on finance, and would like to minor in leadership studies or something similar. Zach’s sport is tennis and he plays No.4 Singles and No. 1 Doubles on the men’s tennis team. He was nominated by faculty and fellow students to participate in the “Emerging Leaders’ Summit” and he participated in the “First Year Leadership Photo Project” on his campus. Upon completing his undergraduate degree, his goal is to attend a Top 25 MBA program.