July 7, 2022

43 first-year students join Nebraska Business Honors Academy

Howard Hawks Hall
Craig Chandler | University Communication

Craig Chandler | University Communication
Forty-three first-year students will join the Nebraska Business Honors Academy at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln this fall. The cohort will develop skills through an enhanced curriculum.

Forty-three incoming first-year students have accepted invitations to join the Nebraska Business Honors Academy at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln this fall. Comprising the academy’s 10th cohort, the students hail from six U.S. states and 13 Nebraska communities.

“This cohort exemplifies how Huskers create the future they want to see,” said Kathy Farrell, James Jr. and Susan Stuart Endowed Dean of the College of Business. “They bring to Nebraska Business extensive experiences in leadership and academic achievements. These students will hone their academic and leadership skills, stretching their strengths together as they transform into future business leaders.”

The cohorts complete most of their core and foundation business curriculum together using an action-based learning style focused on the development of critical thinking, technical and communication skills. Students choose from 11 academic majors in the College of Business, including business and law, offered in partnership with the Nebraska College of Law.

“We’re incredibly excited to welcome our 10th cohort to the academy,” said Erin Burnette, the academy’s director. “This marks a key milestone for our program, and this group of students is the perfect compilation of talents, skills and ambitions to join the academy ranks.”

The new students will participate in leadership activities and student competitions across the country to enhance their professional communication. The students will also participate in internships. This summer, more than 50% of academy students are participating in paid internships in 13 states and two countries.

Academy students also study abroad. Since January, 28% of the students have studied abroad in eight countries.

“These students are bright, eager and community-focused individuals, and I have no doubt they will quickly find ways to positively impact the academy, the College of Business and the university as a whole,” Burnette said. “Our team feels very honored to be able to have a front-row seat as we help this cohort learn, grow and realize their potential as they progress through their college career.”

Academy students are involved in more than 150 student organizations on campus, serving in a variety of leadership roles. Graduates have taken their talents to careers and graduate schools spanning 29 states and five countries.

Applications for the 2023 cohort open in August. Learn more.

The following students will join the fall 2022 cohort of the Nebraska Business Honors Academy. The student’s high school is included in parentheses if it differs from the hometown.



  • Grant Taylor, business administration


  • Carter Mann, actuarial science


  • Cassidy June, business and law (Milford)


  • Elise Estudillo, accounting

Grand Island:

  • Emily Krupicka, business administration (Northwest)


  • Mari Conant, business administration (Adams Central)


  • Keira Cummins, actuarial science (Lincoln Southeast)
  • Sadye Daniell, business administration (Lincoln Christian)
  • Eva Gronewold, marketing (Lincoln East)
  • Dylan Kluthe, international business (Pius X)
  • Savannah Miller, actuarial science (Lincoln High)
  • Josh Rossman, business administration (Lincoln East)
  • Madeline Splichal, economics (Lincoln Southeast)


  • Connor Carpenter, accounting


  • Maris Grabill, business and law (Burke)
  • Zach Herr, marketing (Millard North)
  • Maggie Kee, economics (Skutt Catholic)
  • Tanner Maas, actuarial science (Gretna)
  • Sam Malick, finance; (Creighton Prep)
  • Kristine Roberts, international business (Millard North)


  • Alyssa Fjelstad, actuarial science (Bellevue West)
  • Reece Flores, marketing (Bellevue West)
  • Grace Schaefer, supply chain management (Bellevue West)

St. Helena:

  • Leah Reichle, finance (Hartington-Newcastle)


  • Carson Downs, business and law (Louisville)


  • Gavin Pokorny, finance (Wahoo)


Longmont, Colorado:

  • Madelin Cover, international business (Erie)

Parker, Colorado:

  • Eric Jacob, business and law (Legend)

Windsor, Colorado:

  • Maren Tuell, supply chain management (Fossil Ridge)

Aurora, Illinois:

  • Lily Cooper, supply chain management (Rosary)

Monticello, Illinois:

  • Jackson Grambart, accounting

Naperville, Illinois:

  • Drew Donovan, accounting (Benet Academy)

New Lenox, Illinois:

  • Luke Mostello, actuarial science (Lincoln-Way Central)

Roselle, Illinois:

  • Ashwin Mannur, economics (James B. Conant)

Hays, Kansas:

  • Madelyn Martin, marketing

Lenexa, Kansas:

  • Abby King, management (Olathe Northwest)

Bloomington, Minnesota:

  • Gretchen Holland, finance (Eagle Ridge Academy)

Prior Lake, Minnesota:

  • Emma Higgins, supply chain management

Rochester, Minnesota:

  • Hannah LaMaster, actuarial science (Mayo)

Tracy, Minnesota:

  • Kaylee Campbell, actuarial science

Waconia, Minnesota:

  • Joseph Meath, business administration

Kansas City, Missouri:

  • Will Wooden, actuarial science (Rockhurst)

Parkville, Missouri:

  • Sara Montalbano, marketing (Park Hill South)

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