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2020-21 SIYAC Members

SIYAC 2020-2021 Members

Achinteya Jayaram (he/him) is a first year member of SIYAC. He is a freshman at Pleasant Valley High School in Bettendorf, Iowa. In his free time, he is a member of the Winter Soldiers, an FIC robotics team, plays tennis, plays the viola in Honors Orchestra and also plays bass clarinet for the school band. He likes watching sports and spending time with his family. Achinteya is excited for the 2020-2021 SIYAC year.

Alex Drahos (he/him) is a 2nd year SIYAC member and serves as this year's Vice Chair. Alex is a senior at Linn-Mar High School. Alex serves as the 2020-2021 Key Club International President, where he mobilizes 230,000 students to volunteer in their communities. He is passionate about public policy and enjoys playing cello in orchestra. Alex is excited to advocate for meaningful change this year through SIYAC.

Ava Jane Moorlach (she/her) is a 1st year SIYAC member and is serving as SIYAC's Human Rights Committee Chair. She is a senior at Indianola High School. She's active in speech, debate and mock trial. She's a captain of the Indianola High School swim team. In her free time, she enjoys reading and gardening. She also enjoys getting involved in political campaigns to try and make a difference in her community.

Blythe Kelly (she/her) is a 2nd year SIYAC member and is a senior from Dallas County, Iowa. She is the current Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access (IDEA) Chair and Public Relations Chair. Blythe is a dedicated advocate for youth and inclusivity and equity in education. Blythe works as a math tutor and STEM Instructor for a Des Moines STEM program for underrepresented girls. She is a member on the Board of Directors for Jewels Academy, a nonprofit STEM program. Blythe is driven to enact change on behalf of Iowa’s youth, specifically in education.

Isabel Hanson (she/her) is a third year SIYAC member and serves as this years Environmental Committee Chair. She a senior at Norwalk High School in Warren County, Iowa. She is Norwalk's debate team captain and the outreach director for Beyond Resolved. She also participates in her school's speech and tennis teams, as well as Student Council and is the Committee Chair and Social Media Director for The Norwalk Times, her school's student newspaper. She was a previous co-lead for the Iowa Youth Climate Strike, which worked to bring attention to the rising issue of climate change. 

James Piazza (he/him) is a 1st year SIYAC member and a senior at Dowling Catholic High School. He is a member of the speech and debate team at Dowling. In his free time, James likes to spend time outdoors riding bikes or listening to music. His interests include but are not limited to: philosophy, physics, music production and, of course, politics.

Kanyon Huntington (he/him) is a 1st year SIYAC Member. He is a senior at East Union High School in Union County, Iowa and serves as the Student Body President. He is also involved in the fine arts, FFA, football and track. Currently, he serves as the South Central Iowa FFA Vice President. Kanyon is also involved in philanthropic/service programs like Youth Answering The Call of the Community, the Appalachia Service Project and the World Food Prize. Kanyon is excited for the 2020-2021 SIYAC and can't wait to give a voice to the youth of Iowa.

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Kendall Jones (he/him) is a 1st year SIYAC member and is a sophomore at Ottumwa High School. He enjoys math and chemistry. Kendall comes from a big family of seven siblings- 5 brothers and 2 sisters. After high school, Kendall wants to be an engineer and go to Iowa State University.

Klaertje Hesselink (she/her) is a 1st year SIYAC member and a junior at Cedar Falls High School in Black Hawk County, Iowa. She is the president of her school's volunteer club and an active member of the Cedar Falls Rotary Club. Outside of school, she also enjoys practicing her violin and making pastry and confectionery art. Klaertje is very interested in the sciences and aims to become a physician in the future.


Koro Castillo (she/her) is a 1st year SIYAC member. She is a junior at Cedar Falls High School in Black Hawk County, Iowa. Koro enjoys dancing and competes on both her school and academy dance teams. She also sings in her school's choir and play the piano. Koro is passionate about ensuring equity among Iowa's youth and is excited for the 2020-2021 SIYAC term.

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Kunal Chugh (he/him) is a 3rd-year SIYAC member, serving as this year's SIYAC Legislative Affairs Chair. He a senior at Hempstead High School in Dubuque, Iowa. Kunal is the captain of his school's debate team, captain of the Dubuque Cricket Club, and is in the top 50 of chess players in Iowa. He volunteers with Beyond Resolved Iowa who help advocate for marginalized groups in high school speech and debate. In the future, Kunal is interested in studying medicine. Kunal is excited to represent and create meaningful change for the youth of Iowa this upcoming year.

Lily Glenn (she/her) is a 2nd year SIYAC member and Is serving as the current SIYAC Health Committee Chair. She is a junior from Wapello County. In her free time, she participates in her local high school orchestra and is on her orchestra’s Leadership Committee. She also participates in 4-H, County Council, and is active in her church and youth group.

Lulu Roarick (she/her) is a 1st year SIYAC Member. She is a freshman at Iowa City High School. Lulu participates in public forum debate, cross country and takes art lessons from a local studio. Lulu strongly believes in youth advocacy and aspires to create real change through SIYAC. Another big part of Lulu's life are her cats. All 5 of them are loved very much.

Paras Bassuk (They/Them He/Him) is a 1st year SIYAC member and serves as the Education Committee Chair. Paras is a senior at Iowa City West High School and is an active participant in his school district, including being a member of the Equity Advisory Committee. As the former Vice President of the Student Senate and current school board student representative, Paras has advocated for equitable curriculum reform, school disciplinary reform and equitable access to post-secondary resources. Paras is also a musician in the Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Orchestra, a student journalist and a visual artist. He is so excited to implement meaningful policy change at the state-level through SIYAC and is honored to have the opportunity to represent the youth of Iowa.

Soomin Koh (she/her) is a first year SIYAC member, serving as this years SIYAC Service Chair. She is a junior at Iowa City West High School. Outside of SIYAC, Soomin runs cross country and track and writes for her school newspaper. In her free time, she enjoys tutoring elementary students and volunteering at the Iowa City Animal Shelter. Last summer, she translated for medical professionals in Guatemala and initiated educational summer camps in the local schools there. Soomin cannot wait for the 2020-21 SIYAC year and to represent the youth of Iowa.

Stacia Drey (she/her) is a 2nd year SIYAC Member. She is a senior at Linn-Mar High School. She is a drum major for the school's marching band, competes on her cross county and track teams, and is involved in student council. Stacia has spent time as the Social Media Director for a student advocacy organization called, Iowa Student Learning Institute (LSI). In her free time, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, as well as traveling.

Tyler Loudan (he/him) is a 2nd year SIYAC Member. He is a junior at Creston High School.

Vidya Iyer (she/her) is a 2nd year SIYAC Member, serving as this year's SIYAC Secretary. She is a senior at Valley High School. She is active in social justice work and is a leader in Valley's chapter of Community of Racial Equity (CORE) and Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ). She also runs cross country and plays golf. Her favorite subject is Calculus II. She is super excited for this year's term and everything we can do.

William Keck (he/him) is a 4th year SIYAC Member, serving as this year's SIYAC Executive Chairman. He is a freshman at Simpson College where he is actively engaged in Speech and Debate, Pre-Law Society, and the Student Government Association as the First-Year Class President. Will is majoring in Political Science and History with an emphasis on Law. He was recently Student Body President of Waukee High School and has held many positions within and around the greater Des Moines community. Will is excited about the opportunities SIYAC can have to further develop Iowa’s youth.