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Darren Skidmore

Name: Darren Skidmore
Major: Computer Science
Minor: Mathematics, Statistics
Graduation Date: April 2027
Instagram: @ darrenrs0515

I am from a multicultural (White + Mexican) family in Roy, Utah. This is my second year at BYU and I've been part of the Honors program since I started here. I enjoy tinkering with computers and technology, traveling, and learning more about the world around me. I also enjoy playing video games—but not the type most people might be acquainted with—I mostly play puzzle and incremental games. Read more about Darren here.
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Cassidy Felt

Name: Cassidy Felt
Major: Pre-Music
Graduation: Winter 2028

I am a freshman in my second semester at BYU. I’m very passionate about music—I play the French Horn and love to play in symphonies! I love art and science; as such cooking is one of my favorite pass times. I also love to be outdoors. I love to learn and am ecstatic to continue forward in the honors program! Read more about Cassidy here.
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Caleb Rogers

Name: Caleb Rogers
Major: Political Science
Secondary Major: French Studies
Minor: Global Business and Literacy
Graduation: April 2026
Instagram: @calebbrogers

Why did you decide to join the Honors Program?

I wanted to diversify my educational experience here at BYU and push myself to meet people studying in different majors. It’s absolutely exceeded my expectations and I'm grateful for the relationships I've built along the way! Read more about Caleb here.
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Rebecca Kuhn

Name: Rebecca Kuhn
Major: Theatre Arts Studies
Graduation: December 2026
Instagram: studentoflife@_becks

What has been your favorite Honors experience?

I have absolutely loved the brilliant community! It's been an amazing experience to meet so many lovely, kind and interesting people! It's been a community that's let me explore ideas, wonder at the world and fall in love with learning again as an adult going through college. Read more about Rebecca here.
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Henry Tullis

Name: Henry Tullis
Major: Mathematics: Applied and Computational Mathematics (ACME)
Graduation: April 2026

Single! Violinist, and fan of *almost* all comida Latina. Served in Orlando, Florida speaking Spanish. A student at heart, loves all things math and science (and can appreciate other subjects too). A passionate math tutor, but tragically had to hang up the blue vest at the end of last semester. Now I am doing more research on emergent biological phenomena, like cell sorting and coordination of the Dictyostelium Discoideum slug (google it!). Read more about Henry here.
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Joseleen Niebbia

Name: Joseleen Niebbia
Major: Pre-Business
Graduation: April 2026
Instagram: @josie.niebbia

I'm from northern Indiana and Argentina, and I love doing anything outdoors! I spend my summers outside playing sports or on the lake, and in the winter I'm either snowboarding or reading a good book. One random thing that I love doing is making flower arrangements. Read more about Joseleen here.
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Elizabeth Goodrich

Name: Elizabeth Goodrich
Major: Undecided but hoping to do International Relations
Graduation: 2027

I've lived in San Diego, Hawaii, Florida, and Maryland! I love to travel and have been to 49 states (minus Alaska). I enjoy volleyball, dancing, and speaking French. I am so grateful to be a part of the BYU Women's Chorus! I am excited to serve in the Adriatic South Mission speaking Albanian! Read more about Elizabeth here.
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Ilse Eskelsen

Name: Ilse Eskelsen
Major: English
Minor: French
Graduation: April 2026
Instagram: @ilsetheimpaler

All modesty aside, what are you better at than 90% of people?

I'm pretty good at trivia (for instance, I've won my fair share of Kahoots), but especially when it comes to, like, the Tudors, Louisa May Alcott, and Pete Davidson's love life. Read more about Ilse here.
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Israel Davila Aleman

Name: Israel Davila Aleman
Major: Physiology & Developmental Biology
Graduation: April 2025

I am an enthusiast of medicine, ambitious scientist, and initiator of altruism. I imagine a world where medicine is a dynamic unity of advocating for patient's needs through clinical, research, and service-oriented aspirations. I aspire to become a physician. I love serving in the community through Y-serve and at a free clinic. Read more about Israe here.
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Annie Dunn

Name: Annie Dunn
Major: English
Minor: French
Graduation: Fall 2027

Why did you decide to join the Honors Program?

I love learning! I wished that I could take on every major offered here because they all sound so cool, so this was the next best thing! Interdisciplinary learning is fascinating and gives you a wide variety of experiences. Read more about Annie here.
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Nicholas Bown

Name: Nicholas Bown
Major: Philosophy
Graduation: April 2025
Instagram: @Nicholasbown

Nicholas is a local boy from American Fork, Utah. He served in the California, Roseville mission, Georgia, Atlanta mission, and the India, New Delhi mission. Nicholas is a lover of ideas eloquently expressed. He is constantly reading, even while walking, so you may see him with his head in a book while heading to his next class. He also loves hiking, camping, and anything outdoors (like a local Utah boy should). Read more about Nicholas here.
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Gloriana Guillermo

Name: Gloriana Guillermo
Major: Strategic Management
Minor: Global and Community Impact
Graduation: April 2025
Instagram: @glori_halla

I am an Arizona girl through and through as I was born and raised in Tucson AZ! Regardless of the temperature, I love the outdoors! I love hiking and swimming and I am totally down to try new things (especially snow sports!). I love learning and I am planning on going to law school after I graduate. Read more about Gloriana here.
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Noah Trepanier

Name: Noah Trepanier
Major: History
Minor: Latin American Studies, Legal Studies
Graduation: April 2025

Hi! I'm Noah from San Diego, but my parents, like many other Californian members of the Church, moved up to Utah during the pandemic, so now I call the Beehive State home. I love reading, hiking (when it isn't freezing), and playing and watching sports. My favorites in no particular order are baseball, basketball, football... Read more about Noah here.
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Kate Reynolds

Name: Kate Reynolds
Major: Math Education
Graduation: April 2025

I love to read and play tennis! I am also great at card and board games! I love to learn and spend time with friends!

What are people often surprised to learn about you?

My favorite restaurant of all time is Taco Bell. Read more about Kate here.
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Haylie Jarvis

Name: Haylie Jarvis
Primary Major: Genetics, Genomics & Biotechnology
Secondary Major: Bioinformatics
Minor: Ballet
Graduation: April 2025
Instagram: @haylie.jarvis

I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about how to best introduce myself (I’m even writing my Great Questions essay on that topic) and I still haven’t quite figured out how to do it. But I love dancing, yoga, hiking, and being outside (when it’s not snowing). Read more about Haylie here.
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Lindsay Aldous

Name: Lindsay Aldous
Major: Early Childhood Education
Minor: TESOL K-12, Arts in the Elementary Classroom
Graduation: April 2025
Instagram: @lind_say.a

I'm from Palo Alto, California. I like exploring new places and learning all about them through food, I consider myself a foodie! I love to cook and bake and have a giant stack of recipes that I like to look through for inspiration. I also love to make art for fun, usually painting, drawing, or embroidering. At the end of a long day, I like to take a nice walk and come home to a good book. Read more about Lindsay here.
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Emily Pulsipher

Name: Emily Pulsipher
Major: Biophysics
Minor: Global Studies
Graduation: April 2026
Instagram: @emilypulsipher

What has been your favorite Honors experience?

I love the Honors 120 class! It's really cool to be able to talk about some big issues with my peers and hear their perspectives. I'm also really enjoying being able to focus on a case study and take a deeper dive into things. Read more about Emily here.
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Melissa Chavez

Name: Melissa Chavez
Major: Psychology

Minor: Sociology

Graduation: April 2024

Instagram: @melslemonade_


What has been your favorite Honors experience?


My favorite Honors experience has been taking the Unexpected Connection courses. Each of those courses I've taken have been so different from one another and have helped me connect them with my own major courses in many ways. It has also been really interesting to meet different people... Read more about Melissa here.
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