Vanguard Scholars

Anastasia Baltes

Intended Major: Materials and Metallurgical Engineering

Hometown: Fort Sumner, NM

Clubs and Organizations: Undergraduate research for the Nuclear Engineering department, front desk assistant at CASA. Member of the American Nuclear Society, the Material Advantage Chapter, the Alliance for the Development of Additive Processing Technologies, and the Society of Women Engineers.

Hobbies: Traveling, reading, rocketry, playing the violin, hiking, video games, finding cool places to eat, and watching sci-fi shows.

Audrey Bradford

Intended Major: Mechanical Engineering

Hometown: Amber, Oklahoma

Clubs and Organizations:

Hobbies: Things that involve creativity, skiing, sketching, sing,ing and writing.

Elizabeth Buchheim

Intended Major: Environmental Engineering

Hometown: Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Clubs and Organizations: oSTEM, SAAVE, Mines Little Theatre

Hobbies: Golfing, video games, theater/speech, hiking, weightlifting, political activism, and making people laugh 🙂

Esme Conkright

Intended Major: Chemical Engineering

Hometown: Houston, Texas

Clubs and Organizations: Alpha Phi sorority, Young Life, SWE 

Hobbies: Yoga, skiing, mental health and fitness

Evelyn Cook

Intended Major: Mechanical Engineering

Hometown: Aledo, TX

Clubs and Organizations: Athleticism and Wellness, Society of Women Engineers, Society of Women in Physics

Hobbies: Cross Country and Robotics

Amanda Giedt

Intended Major: Engineering Physics

Hometown: Lakewood, Co

Clubs and Organizations: Cru, Board Game Club, SWE, SPS, SWiP, Mines Band, Kappa Kappa Psi

Hobbies: Theater, Band, Snowboarding

Kellan Gillis

Intended Major: Mining Engineering

Hometown: Honeoye Falls, NY

Clubs and Organizations: Mining Competition Team, Social Chair of SME, RLA, SWE, 

Hobbies: Hiking, camping, volleyball, robotics, badminton, working with children

Makenna Green

Intended Major: Environmental Engineering

Hometown: Highlands Ranch, CO

Clubs and Organizations: Vanguard Scholar, SWE, Mines Dance Team, and Alpha Phi 

Hobbies: Dance, Student Government, hanging out with people and making friends

Ashley Howard

Intended Major: Metallurgical and Materials Engineering

Hometown: Flower Mound, Texas

Clubs and Organizations: Marching and Concert Band, Robotics Club, CSMMAC, AIAA, SWE

Hobbies: Music, art, playing the clarinet, saxophone, bagpipes and Irish whistles, spending time outdoors via hiking, skiing, or running, community service, and sustainability.

Sadie Jonson

Intended Major: Geological Engineering

Hometown: Arvada, Colorado

Clubs and Organizations: Oredigger Leadership Community, Vanguard Scholars, SWE, SWIG, Navigators, FIRST Research Fellowship, Circle K club

Hobbies: Hiking, camping, backpacking, kayaking, paddle boarding, and horseback riding.

Katherine King

Intended Major: Environmental Engineering

Hometown: Dallas, Texas

Clubs and Organizations: Society of Women Engineers (SWE), Cru, Sigma Kappa, the Society of Women in Geology, the American Society of Civil Engineers, and indoor intramural soccer.

Hobbies: Basketball, Girl Up, DKMS, Hiking, Skiing, Cooking, Enoing, Reading

Natalie Lasater

Intended Major: Environmental Engineering

Hometown: Denver, Colorado

Clubs and Organizations: Mountain Biking Club, Oredigger paper

Hobbies: Gardening, hiking, and biking

Jessica Meissner

Intended Major: Mechanical Engineering

Hometown: Windham, New Hampshire

Clubs and Organizations: Circle K, campus employment: lab supervisor for the EDS Prototype/Create 

Hobbies: Hiking, drawing, fashion, 3D printing, spelunking, baking

Victoria Messmore

Intended Major: Applied Mathematics

Hometown: Parker, Colorado

Clubs and Organizations: Ballroom dance, acroyoga, Undergraduate research with Minds@Mines

Hobbies: Guitar, Orchestra, Music in general, Tennis, Art, and Dance.

Carol Olguin

Intended Major: Chemical Engineering

Hometown: Chandler

Clubs and Organizations: Kappa Alpha Theta female fraternity, mines without borders, SWE, American Chemical society, American Institute of Chemical Engineers, Society of Women in Mathematics

Hobbies:  Playing cello, marching band playing tuba  and drums

Victoria Polda

Intended Major: Electrical Engineering

Hometown: Friday Harbor, WA

Clubs and Organizations: Data Analytics club, Association for Computing Machinery, and Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

Hobbies: Skiing, playing video games, coding, building computers. 

Carolyn Queen

Intended Major: Engineering Physics

Hometown: Washington, OK

Clubs and Organizations: Dungeons and Diggers, Society of Women Engineers

Hobbies: Ballroom Dance Club,  Dungeons and Diggers

Kate Reader

Intended Major: Chemical Engineering – Biological Track

Hometown: Kimball, Nebraska

Clubs and Organizations: ROTC, SWE, Vanguard Scholars, CRU

Hobbies: running, reading

Jessica Richman

Intended Major: Metallurgical and Materials Engineering

Hometown: Germantown, MD

Clubs and Organizations: Society of Women Engineers, Material Advantage, Forging classes through Material Advantage

Hobbies: Baking, hiking

Amanda Rogers

Intended Major: Mechanical Engineering

Hometown: Plainview, New York

Clubs and Organizations: SWE, Equestrian Team

Hobbies: Horseback ride, travel, and volunteer with special needs individuals in my free time. 

Kayiyn Shoemaker

Intended Major: Computer Science

Hometown: Fort Collins, Colorado

Clubs and Organizations: Navigators, Lunch-and-Life, part-time job for Calvary church

Hobbies: Reading, writing, robotics, and dancing

Indiana Sjahputera

Intended Major: Mechanical Engineering

Hometown: Mead, CO

Clubs and Organizations: Sorority life (Sigma Kappa), Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers (SASE), Rotaract, Engineering Grand Challenges TLC 

Hobbies: Playing flute

Hannah Taylor

Intended Major: Computer Science – Data Science Specialty

Hometown: Boerne, Texas

Clubs and Organizations: Data Analytixs Association, Sigma Kappa Sorority, Society of Women Engineers, Thorson Honors Program and Association of Computing Machinery. 

Hobbies: Reading, jiu-jitsu, learning new and interesting things, any outdoor activity, and activities that help the environment

Kaitlyn Thompson

Intended Major: Mechanical Engineering

Hometown: Aurora, CO

Clubs and Organizations: Alpha Phi Sorority, ARK, Women’s Club Volleyball 

Hobbies: Snowboarding, playing volleyball, lacrosse, and the guitar

Azlan Tubbs

Intended Major: Mechanical Engineering

Hometown: Colorado Springs, CO

Clubs and Organizations: IM Competitive Soccer, IM Women’s Soccer, IM Corec Soccer, SWE, Creative Arts Club, Society of Women in Mathematics, Pre-Med Society, Cru, Residence Life Ambassador 

Hobbies: Playing soccer and piano, reading, watching movies, and spending time with friends

Jane Turek

Intended Major: Chemical Engineering

Hometown: Clinton, PA

Clubs and Organizations: Slack line club, ALC, Climbing club, band

Hobbies: Running, Marching Band (I play the clarinet)

Naya Winkelstein

Intended Major: Engineering physics

Hometown: Warwick, NY

Clubs and Organizations: Climbing club, undergraduate research, mining team, Indoor soccer (intramurals)

Hobbies: Soccer, swimming, rock climbing, caving

Anna Yocom

Intended Major: Chemical Engineering

Hometown: Black Hawk, Colorado

Clubs and Organizations: Mines Little Theater, Society of Women Engineers, Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers

Hobbies: Society of Women Engineers, Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers, Mines Little Theater