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Congratulations to the 2020 Lewis Family Morning Star Scholarship Winners!

Diane Lewis, RDN, and her family

Each year, thanks to the generosity of Diane and Robert Lewis, the ISU Department of Nutrition and Dietetics offers scholarships to recognize the outstanding accomplishments of our students.

Diane Lewis, MS, RDN, LD, is an ISU alumnus who graduated from the Dietetics program in 2003. From there, she completed a graduate degree and dietetic internship in Cleveland. Diane is the owner of Simply Nutrition, LLC, where she provides nutrition consulting services. Diane and her husband, Dr. Robert Lewis, own Morning Star Dental in the Boise area. Diane says they enjoy donating to ISU Nutrition and Dietetics as a way to pay it forward to the many people who helped them earn their educations.

Thank you for your generosity, Diane and Robert!

This year, five outstanding students were selected to receive Lewis Family Morning Star scholarships!

Natalie CHristensen

Natalie Christensen, MS Nutrition

Natalie graduated as a student athlete from the ISU Dietetics program, where she served as both President of Phi Upsilon Omicron National Honor Society and Vice President of Mortar Board. After receiving her RDN credential, she revived the Pocatello Dietitians group, served as President for ten years, and she still participates as an active member today. Natalie has 16 years of experience working as an RDN in group homes for individuals with intellectual disabilities, where she received an Outstanding Employee Award for her nutrition education programs. Natalie is a Board-Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics. She currently runs the Sports Nutrition Program at ISU, a program she created in 2015. Research interests involve the impact of nutrition on the mental health of student athletes. Congratulations, Natalie!

Anna Winnett

Anna Winnett, MS/Dietetic Internship

Anna attended Walla Walla Community College (WWCC), where she served as a TRiO Club officer and Vice President of Activities for the WWCC Associated Student Body. She also co-founded the first Latino Club and launched the first Embrace Leadership Conference at WWCC. Anna completed her undergraduate degree at Central Washington University, where she participated in the Nutrition Science Club and the Presidents United to Solve Hunger Club. She also served as a student representative to the Washington State Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Anna is passionate about food insecurity issues, and she enjoys volunteering at both Benny’s Pantry on the ISU Meridian campus and the Idaho Food Bank in Boise. Research interests involve nutrition perspectives and knowledge of lactating mothers. Congratulations, Anna!

Michel Butikofer

Michele Butikofer, BS Dietetics

Michele graduated from ISU with a BS in Dietetics in Spring 2020. During her time at ISU, Michele qualified for the Dean’s list three times and received multiple academic scholarships. She served as the President of the Phi Upsilon Omicron National Honor Society and Nutrition and Wellness Club. In 2019, Michele was highlighted as a KDHS Outstanding Student for her work with theses groups. Michele worked on a menu review project for some group homes for individuals with developmental disabilities. She also volunteered as a Youth Service Leader. Michele enjoyed volunteering her time working in the kitchens at the Pocatello Senior Center, local schools, and at a local hospital, where she worked with an RDN to develop a pediatric menu and prepare a presentation to discuss its implementation in the hospital. Congratulations, Michele!

Sydney Knight

Sydney Knight, BS Dietetics

Sydney graduated from ISU with a BS in Dietetics in Spring 2020. During her time at ISU, Sydney qualified for the Dean’s list both semesters of her senior year. She participated in research that honed skills conducting 24-hour dietary recalls. Sydney also volunteered to help in the SCORE program and helped the ISU sports dietitian give food demos and work with student athletes. Sydney received a KDHS Student Spotlight award in 2019. Sydney also served as Treasurer for both the Phi Upsilon Omicron National Honor Society and the Nutrition and Wellness Club during her senior year. Sydney has experience working as a restaurant manager, and met one of her personal goals of riding her road bike across the United States in 2017. Congratulations, Sydney!

Kaylee Schoefer

Kaylee Schoefer, BS Dietetics

Kaylee graduated from ISU with a BS in Dietetics in Spring 2020 with a 4.0 GPA. During her time at ISU, Kaylee served as Vice President for the Phi Upsilon Omicron National Honor Society and Nutrition and Wellness Club. She holds a degree from BSU in Health Education and Promotion with a minor in Non-Profit Management, she graduated Cum Laude. While at BSU, she was active in the Alpha Gamma Delta sorority and Eta Sigma Gamma Health Education Honorary. Kaylee helped plan the 2015 BroncoFit Health and Wellness Expo and served as a Youth Sports intern at the Treasure Valley YMCA, where she developed a healthy habits curriculum for kids. Kaylee enjoys volunteering for her church, preparing and serving meals at My Brother’s Table and Gate City Christian Church Food Pantry. Congratulations, Kaylee!

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