MEET THE TEAM
March For Our Lives Iowa — 2022-2023
Esha Bolar — SHE/HER
Esha Bolar is a Senior at Johnston High School. She participates in Mock Trial and Speech and Debate. She helped organize a walkout affiliated with MFOL in her school following the Parkland shooting in 2018 with more than 500 students taking part. Since the walk out she’s been an advocate for the prevention of gun violence, and other human rights issues. She’s very politically active and believes speaking truth to power is MFOLIA’s most useful tool. Esha hopes to go to law school and one day take on congress.
AKSHARA ESWAR — SHE/HER
Akshara Eswar is a Junior at Johnston High School where she takes part in jazz band, National History Day, and Mock Trial. Akshara enjoys photography, and embroidery in her free time. She has been learning vocal Indian Classical music for 11 years. She is a passionate advocate for many social justice issues. After participating in a walk out following the Parkland shooting in 2018, she became invested in helping end gun violence in America. Akshara hopes to study economics in college and pursue a career in it as well.
MAIA BOELL —SHE/HER
Maia Boell is a Senior at Carroll High School where she participates in speech, debate, history day, mock trial, GSA, theater, tennis, science bowl, and band. Maia also participates in Iowa Youth Congress and 4-H outside of school hours. This is Maia's first year in March For Our Lives, and she is excited to make a change! Maia is passionate about social justice issues, especially gun violence and LGBTQIA+ rights. Maia plans to study veterinary science in college to someday work with exotic animals at a zoo
DOMINIC EASTMAN —HE/HIM
Dominic Eastman is a freshman at the University of Iowa. He is a junior at Sioux City East High School. In high school he participated in student council, Speech, Gay Straight Alliance, and March For Our Lives East High. Dominic has been part of the MFOLIA state team since 2019 and enjoys politics. He tries to get involved as much as he can. Some days you'll find Dominic working in a food truck or at home listening to Prince.
Sydney Bellinghausen is a junior in high school at Carroll high. She is very active at her school where she is involved in debate, mock trial, history day, science bowl, and speech among other things. She loves learning about law and government and plans on pursuing it as a career after high school. Advocacy is something that is very important to her, and she is involved in other advocacy groups such as Iowa Youth Congress. Outside of her school life she is the oldest of three children and has 7 pets! She is a big animal lover and volunteers at the local animal shelter. She is so excited to be joining the March for our Lives state team and hope to help make some real change in Iowa.
Ben Couvillon is from Johnston. Along with MFOL he is involved in cross country, track, swim team, Spanish club, and he volunteers with Polk Country Conservation when he has time. He loves reading, running, swimming, playing soccer, and watching MLB, Premier League, NFL, URC, EuroLeague, and NBA. After he is done with school he wants to be a history teacher and coach a swim team.
LAUREN WESSLING — SHE/HER
Lauren is a Junior at Johnston High School and is very excited to be a part of March For Our Lives Iowa. Lauren is involved in Mock Trial, Best Buddies, and First Tech Challenge. She plans to go to college and get a degree in political science, then later attend law school. After that, she hopes to pursue a career in politics. Lauren can’t wait to work with the MFOLIA team and help educate people about gun violence.
JOSUE ALEMAN - HE/HIM
Josue is a senior at East High School. In school, he enjoys debate, and musical. Outside of school, he loves photography and cooking. Josue is an advocate for social justice issues, and has been for many years. It is Josue's first year on the MFOLIA State team, and he is excited to work with students to make a difference around Iowa.