Student Spotlights

Featured Student Spotlight

Lily Ruckman ‘22

Lily Ruckman ’22 didn’t initially plan to come to Trinity. A native of Peotene, Ill., she thought she wanted to attend a college farther from home. And she wasn’t sure about following in the footsteps of her older sister, a 2013 grad.  However, after touring Trinity, she knew it was the place for her.

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Karen Moran ’21

Ten years after first starting the Adult Undergraduate Program at Trinity, Karen Moran ‘21 will be graduating with her degree in business management. While she temporarily put her college career on hold to take care of her family and work full time, she has persevered and fulfilled her goal of earning a bachelor’s degree.  

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Michael Parr ’21

Despite a full schedule with a busy family life and a job as senior project manager for facilities planning design and construction at University of Chicago Medicine, Michael Parr ’21 began to explore options for finishing up his Bachelor’s degree.

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Avery Johnson ’21

When Avery Johnson ’21 first visited Trinity Christian College as a student at Des Moines Christian School, she immediately felt at home. While exploring graduate schools, she got the same feeling when she stepped on the campus of Duke Divinity School in Durham, N.C.

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April VanRyn ’21

A member of Trinity’s cross country and track teams, April VanRyn continues her journey with her faith and realizes that her calling is greater than herself.

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Maryam Bature ’22

Maryam’s favorite class so far has been Elements of Programming and has enjoyed Dr. Jeff Nyhoff’s way of establishing a foundation for programming.

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Ashley Martinez ’21

For Ashley Martinez ’21, the chance to attend Trinity’s highly regarded nursing program and be a part of the golf team allowed her to combine her passions.

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Nino Carrico ’23

Nino Carrico, a native of Cabo Frio, Brazil, is majoring in Digital Design and minoring in Communication Arts.

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Paige Hacker ’21

From her first visit on campus, Paige Hacker ’21 knew that transferring to the College would be a good fit both for her basketball career and her academic studies.

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Hannah Last ’23

A native of Schererville, Ind., Hannah Last ’23 is majoring in Elementary Education and minoring in Special Education.

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Karen Jegadish ’23

A Human Resource Management major who is minoring in Math and Computer Science, Karen Jegadish ’23 is a member of Trinity’s Student Government Association and a student mentor in the Thrive program.

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Savannah Gill ’21

A native of Bur bank, Ill., Savannah Gill ’21 is majoring in English and Education Studies. Savannah transferred to Trinity in Fall 2019 and is serving as a mentor for incoming transfer students.

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Djordje Novakovic ’21

Djordje Novakovic, a native of Subotica, Serbia, had to make a decision about a college in the United States without ever seeing it. But for him, it came down to attending a Christian college with a volleyball team and his desired major, which is sports studies.

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Rachel DeVries ‘97, MA ‘21

Rachel DeVries ’97 decided to pursue a graduate degree in special education at Trinity so she could better her understanding of the special education field.

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Ross Barz ’21

Ross Barz ’21 is double-majoring in biochemistry and molecular biology. He is on the Track and Field team and is serving as the Student Government Association President this year.

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Heather Murphy MA ‘21

After earning a master’s degree in special education, Heather Murphy MA ’21 realized she wanted to continue her education. That brought her to Trinity, where she is currently enrolled in the Special Education—Behavior Intervention Specialist program.

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Caleb Driggers ’22

Caleb Driggers knew that Trinity was the place for him, between the community and the Christian atmosphere on campus.

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Casey David ’22

Casey, who is part of the women’s basketball team, is an exercise science major.

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Andrew Dobrescu ’22

Men’s cross country runner Andrew Dobrescu tries to live through his faith each day, and he’s grown in that during his time at Trinity.

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Alexandria Eggert ’22

Ally, who is from Mequon, Wis., is majoring in English and Communications Arts with a Theatre focus.

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Erin Davis ’22

A native of Fremont, Mich., Erin Davis is a history education major and a Thrive mentor.

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Raeann Fopma ’22

Raeann Fopma, a native of Sully, Iowa, is triple-majoring in graphic design, English, and special education.

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Erica Thomas ’21

Erica Thomas ’21 is double-majoring in philosophy and Spanish and serves as a Thrive mentor and on the Multicultural Leadership Team.

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Sharay Thomas ‘21

Sharay Thomas ’21, a Navy veteran, is enrolled in the College’s 5-year B.A./M.Div. program.

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