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Sara Linderman

Sara Linderman
Major: Neuroscience
Graduation: December 2022
Instagram: @sara_linderman

Sara is a senior from Atlanta, Georgia (and a handful of other places). She is looking forward to attending physical therapy school following her graduation from BYU. If you were to catch Sara on a normal day, she would probably be running experiments on mice brains, volunteering at the Utah State Hospital, catching up on her physical therapy applications... Read more about Sara here.
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Daira Sofia Velasco Vega

Daira Sofia Velasco Vega
Major: Civil Engineering
Minor: Mathematics
Graduation: December 2023
Instagram: @velascovegadaira

My name is Daira Sofia Velasco Vega, and I am an international student, and I am in my sophomore year at BYU. I was born in Cochabamba Bolivia and raised in the same city. I was born in a poor area of the city, but my mother worked hard to give me a good education. Read more about Daira Sofia here.
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Ashley Rands

Ashley Rands
Major: Music Performance
Graduation Date: April 2023
Instagram: @ashley.rands

I'm a trombone performance major in the BYU Philharmonic and BYU Synthesis from the Nashville, Tennessee area. When I'm not practicing, I'm listening to music and reading. Read more about Ashley here.
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Brenna Peterson Reid

Brenna Peterson Reid
Major: English
Graduation: Dec. 2022

I love to read and write, and I hope to find a career as a YA fantasy novelist. I also love to draw and paint, and to admire the works of other artists. Read more about Brenna here.
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Samuel Benson

Samuel Benson
bensonsamb@gmail.com
Major: Sociology and Spanish Studies
Graduation: April ‘23
Instagram: @sam_benson3

I’m a journalist, a one-time postal carrier, and a curator of fine Spotify playlists

Why did you decide to join the Honors Program?
I wanted an educational experience that stretched me and forced me to study things outside of my initial interests or comfort zone. Honors has certainly done that. Read more about Samuel here.
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Scout Siebert

Scout Siebert
Major: Neuroscience
Graduation: April 2024
Instagram: @scout.siebert 

I'm Scout Siebert, and I am a sophomore studying neuroscience. I was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, but I spent my life moving and living overseas. I have lived in eight countries, and I had the opportunity to graduate high school in Lusaka, Zambia. Read more about Scout here.
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Jordan Spriggs

Jordan Spriggs
Major: Political Science
Graduation: April 2023

I'm the guy with the Spiderman mask. I didn't mean for that to be my call sign, but now that COVID-19 has lasted so long, that's how most of my teachers remember my face. Then again most of my life has been a contradiction. Read more about Jordan here.
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Allie Smith

Allie Smith
Major: Psychology
Minor: Global Women's Studies
Graduation: April 2024
Instagram: @_allie.j.smith_

One of my favorite parts of being alive today is being caught up with all the Marvel movies and shows. I watch entirely too much TV, but I love putting everything together, especially in that universe. I also like knowing random movie or celebrity trivia and will watch most romcoms that come out. Read more about Allie here.
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Rebekah Olsen

Rebekah Olsen
Major: English
Minor: Art History
Graduation Date: April 2022
Instagram: @beckaolsen

I'm an English major, “for the purest and dullest of reasons: because [I love] to read” and an Art History minor for much the same reasons (Jeffrey Eugenides). I love giving and receiving book recommendations and have been known to walk into low trash cans on campus because I'm incapable of putting a good book down. Read more about Rebekah here.
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Alyssa Ball

Alyssa Ball
Major: Microbiology
Graduation: April 2023
Instagram: @alyssaball_ 

Hi! My name is Alyssa Ball! I am from Seal Beach, CA, and I love California! I definitely miss our 70-degree winters. I served my mission in Tampa, Florida, and it was one of the best decisions of my life. Read more about Alyssa here.
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Caroline Catterton

Caroline Catterton
Major: Physiology and Developmental Biology
Graduation: April 2024
Instagram: @caroline.catt

I am a pre-med student who has a passion of helping others! Recently I was able to assist in surgery with an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, and it was one of the best medical experiences I have had in a long time. Read more about Caroline here.
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Washington Pearce

Washington Carlyle Pearce
Majors: English and Spanish Studies
Minor: Digital Humanities
Graduation: December 2022
Instagram: @washingtoncpearce

I thoroughly enjoy all kinds of stories. I'm constantly reading, writing, or watching something. I've played Dungeons and Dragons regularly since middle school — playing, writing, and running the game. Read more about Washington here.
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Nathan Delgado

Nathan Delgado
Major: Economics
Minors: Creative Writing, Aerospace Studies
Graduation: Winter 2024
Instagram: @wassupitsnate

I'm 20 years old and a third-year student from Bakersfield, CA. I love going to the movies, exercising, and writing fiction in my free time! I'm in the Air Force ROTC and plan to become a pilot after I graduate. Read more here.
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Chad Hyer

Chad Hyer
Major: Molecular Biology
Minors: Math, Chemistry
Graduation: 2024
Instagram: @hyer.chad

I am a molecular biology major from Valdosta, Georgia and am interested in pursuing a career in bioengineering and business. When I am not doing computational proteomics research or running my glass recycling nonprofit, Glass Roots Recycling, you can find me ... Read more about Chat here.
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Bronwyn Meldrum

Major: Biology
Minors: Business, Chemistry
Graduation Date: April 2023

I love science, and I am passionate about helping people and the Earth, which is why I want to pursue medicine, environmental science, or both! I love to crochet, bake, and play board games. My dad was in the Air Force, so I moved around a lot as a kid...(Read More)
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Marshall Butler

Marshall Butler
Major: Manufacturing Engineering
Graduation: April 2024
Instagram: @marshall_butler_55

What's one item on your bucket list? 

One item on my bucket list was to become a blacksmith, and I accomplished that this past summer. I flew across the country to a small trade school and trained under a world-renowned blacksmith. Read more here.
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Kaden Hardy

Kaden Hardy
Major: Cybersecurity
Minor: Computer Science
Graduation: April 2023

Thanks for taking some time to read about me! I'm a Canadian American student of computing, security, and language. Outside of class, you can find me cooking pasta or practicing Chopin. Read more here.
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Carter Drysdale

Carter Drysdale
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Graduation: April 2028

I would consider myself as a creative person, and despite majoring in Mechanical Engineering, I have a background in video production and 3d animation. I’ve found that this background can be helpful in approaching challenges in new, possibly more efficient ways. Read more about Carter here.
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