Annual Connections Project Honors Student Achievements

Published: April 29, 2022

College of Western Idaho’s Nampa Campus Academic Building was full of excitement, Thursday, April 28, as the campus community came together for the seventh-annual Connections Project, an annual event showcasing the hard work and accomplishments of students. Kevin Chase, a Political Science major and member of ASCWI and the College’s Speech and Debate team, presented winners of this year’s Connections Excellence Awards during an awards ceremony. Finalists were determined by a panel of judges and each received $100 and $150 prizes.

Congratulations to this year’s Connections Excellence Award Winners:

Live Mini Talks

Connect Category

  • 1st Place – Craig Peterson, Speak Up Ink Up Charity Event

Inspire Category

  • 1st Place – Sawyer Ellis, Google Vision AIY
  • Runner-up – Mercades Nelson, Is Social Media Compromising Our Self-Regulating Behaviors?
  • Runner-up – Kennedy Cole, Growth and Fixed Mindset: A Survey About Mindsets and Their Relationship to Symptoms of Mental Illness, the Internalization of Problems, and Emotion Regulation Strategies

Recorded Mini Talks

Connect Category

  • 1st Place – Bryce Thompson, Extroversion & Shyness During the COVID-19 Pandemic
  • Runner-up – Zane Cooper, Redlining in America
  • Runner-up – Hallee Barney, Group Dynamics

Inspire Category

  • 1st Place – Logan Adams, The Struggles of Life at the Minidoka War Relocation Center; Zane Cooper, Plato’s Virtues & the Tripartite Soul
  • Runner-up – Andison Fluckiger, The Republic of Plato Poetry and Imitation


Connect Category

  • 1st Place – Mercades Nelson, Is Social Media Addiction Compromising Our Self-Regulating Behaviors?
  • Runner-up – Kaw Paw, Karen People of Burma
  • Runner-up – Angie Apreotes, MRSA: Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureaus
  • Runner-up – Anna Miles, Development of Early Detection Technology of Botulism

Inspire Category

  • 1st Place – Lia Montes & Natalie D’Agostino, PTK Latinx Postcards
  • Runner-up – Alana Stewart, Resistance of Mycoplasma pneumonia to Macrolide antibiotics
  • Runner-up – Kennedy Cole, COBS Community Outreach Behavioral Services Raising Awareness About Human Trafficking and Providing Resources to Its Victims
  • Runner-up – Brittany Jamison, Greater Than, Less Than and Equal to for 1st Grade            

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

Watch the 2022 Connections Excellence Awards Ceremony         

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