Film | Advocacy | SPeaking

Film Awards/recognition

2015 48 Hour Film Project - Spirit Award - "Shagird"

2016 All-American High School Film Festival - Finalist, Blackmagic Screenplay Competition - "Verno"

2016 All-American High School Film Festival - Finalist - "Road to Unity"

2016 Newark IFF Youth Film Festival - Official Selection - "Road to Unity"

2016 Grand IndieWise Convention - Finalist - "Road to Unity"

2016 Rockland Youth Film Festival - Official Selection - "Road to Unity"

2016 Rockland Youth Film Festival - Best PSA - "Road to Unity"

2016 Indie Memphis Youth Film Festival - Official Selection - "Road to Unity"

2016 White House Student Film Festival - Honorable Mention - "Road to Unity"

2016 Exhibit at the Des Moines Art Center - "Road to Unity"

2017 Les Films de Toile Film Festival - Official Selection - "Road to Unity"

2017 Les Films de Toile Film Festival - Semi-Finalist - "Road to Unity"

2017 Stories Lived Film Festival - Official Selection - "Crystal"

2017 Stories Lived Film Festival - Official Selection - "Through a New Lens"

2017 All-American High School Film Festival - Finalist - "The Forgotten Part of America"

2017 48 Hour Film Project - Runner-Up, Audience Choice - "One Last Race"

2017 Indie Memphis Youth Film Festival - Official Selection - "The Forgotten Part of America"

2017 Rockland Youth Film Festival - Official Selection - "The Forgotten Part of America"

2017 Rockland Youth Film Festival - Official Selection - "Go Home: the Tale of a Refugee"

2017 Rockland Youth Film Festival - Visionary Award

2017 Mount Shadow Short Film Competition - 5th Place - "The Forgotten Part of America"

2017 Princeton University Film Festival - Official Selection - "The Forgotten Part of America"

2017 Princeton University Film Festival - Official Selection - "Go Home: the Tale of a Refugee"

2017 Festival de Cinema Escolar de Alvorada - Official Selection - "The Forgotten Part of America"

2017 Festival de Cinema Escolar de Alvorada - Official Selection - "Go Home: the Tale of a Refugee"

2017 Festival de Cinema Escolar de Alvorada - Official Selection - "Road to Unity"

2018 A Rebel Minded Film Festival - Semi-Finalist - "18"

2018 A Rebel Minded Film Festival - Semi-Finalist - "America's Gathering"

2018 A Rebel Minded Film Festival - Semi-Finalist - "Road to Unity"

2018 A Rebel Minded Film Festival - Semi-Finalist - "Through a New Lens"

2018 A Rebel Minded Film Festival - Semi-Finalist - "The Forgotten Part of America"

2019 Rockland Youth Film Festival - Director of the Year

Advocacy Awards/recognition

2014 - Top Entrepreneur - The Jacobson Institute at the University of Iowa

2014 - Recognition by Secretary John Kerry - Laureate Announcement by the World Food Prize

2015 - Quasar Award Finalist - The Des Moines Register

2015 - Top Entrepreneur - The Jacobson Institute at the University of Iowa

2015 - Purple Ribbon for Site for Smiles and Smarts - Iowa Technology Education Connection

2016 - Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy - National Philanthropy Day

2018 - Guest at the White House - A Conversation with America's Future by President Donald Trump

Speaker Awards/recognition

2016 - Middle School State Champion of Public Forum Debate

2017 - Runner-Up in Big Questions Debate - West Iowa Districts

2017 - Champion of Original Oratory - East Invitational

2017 - Champion of Original Oratory - Johnston Invitational

2017 - Champion of Original Oratory - Tournavelt

2018 - State Champion of Original Oratory - The Iowa Forensic League

2018 - Quarterfinalist in Original Oratory - Tournament of Champions

2018 - Semi-Finalist in Original Oratory - National Speech and Debate Tournament

2018 - Champion of Original Oratory - Yale Invitational

2018 - Semi-Finalist in Original Oratory - Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament

2018 - Runner-Up in Original Oratory - The Princeton Classic

2018 - Champion in Original Oratory - The Dowling Paradigm

2019 - Finalist in Original Oratory - The Barkley Forum for High Schools

2019 - Runner-Up in Original Oratory - The Harvard National Forensics Tournament

2019 - State Champion of Original Oratory - The Iowa Forensic League