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MEET THE TEAM
March For Our Lives Iowa  2022-2023

State Directors 

Esha Bolar — SHE/HER

CO-STATE DIRECTOR

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.

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AKSHARA ESWAR — SHE/HER
CO-STATE DIRECTOR 
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.
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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

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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—SHE/HER
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—HE/HIM
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.
 

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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. 

WAVERLY ZHAO - SHE/HER
Waverly Zhao is a senior at Johnston High School. She is involved in many different social justice organizations that focus on education, student voice, the legislative process, and equity. Waverly hopes to be a changemaker in her community and bring more awareness to the issues that are occurring within our public schools. After high school, she hopes to study political science in college in order to prepare her for a career in public service. 

RITIKA SHROFF - SHE/HER
Ritika is currently a senior at Waukee High School. This is her first year on March For Our Lives! Outside of MFOLIA, she is her school's yearbook editor, an executive chair of a youth philanthropy board, as well as President of her school's National Honor Society! She is also involved with her school's chapter of best buddies, Chrysalis GirlPeer Mentorship, and participates in Iowa Youth Congress. During her free time, you can often find her hanging out with friends or at the airport. She is currently working to earn my private pilot's license! She has always loved politics and wants to make a change in her community. She cannot wait to be part of the change MFOLIA will enact!

HANNAH HAYES - SHE/HER
Hannah is a junior at Roosevelt high school where she’s involved in mock trial, debate, and student council. She has attended and organized several rallies for climate action and gun violence prevention. She is very passionate about social justice and hopes to one day create positive change as a lawyer or politician. She joined March for our lives because she believes no child should fear for their life every time they walk into school.

SAW GEE DOW SAW - HE/HIM
Saw is a junior at North High School and Central Academy. He is a part of Iowa youth congress, Youth Leadership Initiative, and a member of central SOS. He is also a member of the North Debate team. Saw is a part of his school leadership program, polar bear crew and a member for Central Ambassador. He is also involved in Golf. His favorite thing to do in his free time is to bike and walk around bodies of water.

CURTIS BADIO - HE/HIM
Curtis is a junior at Theodore Roosevelt High School and Central Academy, both in Des Moines. He co-facilitates Community Of Racial Equity at Central Academy, and does some work with Primary Health Care’s in School Clinics. He is a member of Roosevelt’s speech and debate team. He is also part of Best Buddies, and the Environmental Club at Roosevelt. His favorite thing to do is observe flowers, nature, and the sky with the people he loves.

ESTELLA JOHNSON - SHE/THEY
Estella loves alternative music, cold brew, and educating others on gun violence prevention. She is a co-founder of the Sioux City MFOL chapter and has been a member of the state team since 2020. They are currently a freshman at the university of Iowa with a double majoring in political science and social justice.

KEIANA JAMES - SHE/HER
Keiana is a Senior at Cedar Falls High School where she enjoys leading her school as Student Senate President, picking up a few extra volunteer hours with Volunteer Club, and most importantly: socializing. She has been a part of Children’s Miracle Network Dance Marathon for 12 years, the nonprofit organization that sparked her love for advocacy and outreach work! Keiana is a passionate leader in all sectors of her life, and social justice issues are no exception. After taking a keen eye to the hateful world around her growing up, she knew she had to be the change in this world. Keiana plans to attend college for Political Science, and hopes to pursue a career invested in Public Administration or nonprofit.

RIESA KONGSHAUG - SHE/HER
Riesa is a senior at Johnston High School. She is involved in drama, theatre, and speech, plus dance, choir, and show choir. She is passionate about social justice and more than anything wants to make the world a better place. She is involved in March For Our Lives to take a stand against gun violence in the US, and to do everything she can to create a better and safer future for the next generations.

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