Annual Connections Project Highlights Students Hard Work

Published: April 27, 2023

All throughout College of Western Idaho’s (CWI) Nampa Campus Academic Building (NCAB) Thursday, April 20, students around the College community came together for the eighth-annual Connections Project. The event celebrates and showcases the hard work and accomplishments of CWI’s students.

Winners of this year’s Connections Excellence Awards were presented at the Connections Project reception and at CWI’s Student Leadership Banquet. Finalists were determined by a panel of judges, and each received $100 and $150 prizes.

Congratulations to this year’s Connections Excellence Award Winners:


Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Category

  • Winner — Amelia Baer, Maturity of Baby Sounds
  • Runner Up — Madeline Titelbaum, Penguin Watch: Measuring the Impacts of Climate Change
  • Runner Up — Megan Jablonski, NASA Globe Cloud Gaze

Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (HASS) Category

  • Winner — Kylie Fontenot, Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the Education System - Ethics Project
  • Runner Up — Gabbi Bergeron, How To Empower Youth in English as a Second Language Classrooms and Respect Diversity in Your Community
  • Runner Up — Leah Johnson, So You Think You Want a Job
  • Runner UpAngelica Kopets, Attachment Styles and Relation to Potential of Partner Monitoring Based on the Frequency of Social Media Use

Recorded Mini-Talk

Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (HASS) Category

  • Winner — John Aue, The Significance of Accessible Education
  • Runner Up — Jesse Hoffer, Making a Change
  • Runner Up — Augustin Winn-Arandeda, A Strong History Event That Happened in Chile

Live Mini-Talk

Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (HASS) Category

  • Winner — Jennie Bartus, If I Can’t See You, You Can’t See Me
  • Runner Up — Savannah Werner, Andrew Sargent & Val Harris, Psychological Myths & Misconceptions


  • Winner — Philosophy Club
  • Runner Up — Anthropology Club, Northwest Anthropological Conference Attendance

Other Cool Stuff

  • Winner — Carly Rapp, Canyon County Youth Court
  • Runner Up — Julia Alvarado, Node Code Breakers
  • Runner Up — Audrey Dorosh, Worms – A Project
  • Runner Up — Tiffany Black, The Project Approach: Flowers

Juried Art Exhibition

  • Winner — Khanh Dang, Flesh and Raw

Logo Contest

  • Winner — Eiko Pruett

Chalk Art Competition

  • Winner — Mila Maes and David Bru, Cinderella Sardine

Thank you to the judges, instructors, and participants of this year’s Connection Project, and congratulations, again, to the winners!

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