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Robert Flores

Robert Flores
Major: Neuroscience
Minors: Hebrew and Chemistry
Graduation: 2025
Instagram: @r_flores12

There isn't too much to know about me. I began playing soccer when I was five and have been playing ever since! I am pre-med and love joining clubs, being a part of research projects on campus, and doing activities where I can be around people. Read more about Robert here.
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Katie Bellows

Katie Bellows
Major: Music
Graduation Date: 2025
Instagram: @foompaloomp

Hello! I'm Katie the Eco Lady, or that's my superhero name anyway. I'm one-third of a set of triplets from the cornfields of Iowa, and I am about to enter my sophomore year. I'm a lifelong violinist and love to write orchestra and piano music. Read more about Katie here.
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Bryce Turner

Bryce Turner
Major: Music Performance
Minor: Entrepreneurship
Graduation: April 2026

I hail from Fort Mill, South Carolina, although I was born in Virginia. I am the oldest child in my family, and I have 3 younger siblings. I am a HUGE marching band and drum corps nerd, and I've played piano for practically my entire life. I love solving Sudoku puzzles, arranging music in Musescore (my sheet music notation software), and reading books. I am currently majoring in Music Performance with an emphasis on piano. I plan on obtaining a master’s degree in the same area of study, followed by a Doctor of Musical Arts degree (DMA). Read more about Bryce here.
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Annabella Blowers

Annabella Blowers
Major: English
Minor: Political Science
Graduation Date: April 2025
Instagram: @annabella_blowers

I am going to be a sophomore this fall majoring in English with the hopes of becoming a lawyer. I am the youngest of three and a very proud member of a military family, so I moved around my whole life, but I call Arizona my home. With that being said, I thrive in the sun and love to do anything outdoors, but playing cards, watching movies, shopping, and reading are some of my favorite pastimes. I’m also super competitive and love to win, so whether it’s sports or board games or anything in between, I’m so going for gold. Read more about Annabella here.
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Caleb Alton

Caleb Alton
Major: Accounting
Graduation Date: April 2023

I am a man like any other with no small skill or talent: I am good at some things, and even better at other things. I've learned that there are some things I can tolerate, and other things I find to be unbearable. I've felt love, regret, peace, sadness, discomfort, stress, and gratitude during my time at BYU. I was born with a good heart, which has at times confused me into thinking I was a strong, enduring disciple of Christ. But alas, all things and peoples can work toward a common good. Read more here.
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Cody Arvonen

Cody Arvonen
Major: Computer Engineering
Minors: Entrepreneurship, Mathematics, and Computer Science
Graduation: December 2023
Instagram: @codyarvonen

I am from Chico, California, and a junior here at BYU. Some of my passions and hobbies are running, playing soccer, hiking, and traveling with my wife Annelin.

What's one item on your bucket list? 

One item on my bucket list is that I want to run a marathon! I have been a runner ever since high school, and I love the physical and mental strength that running has given me. I ran my first half-marathon two summers ago... Click here to read more.
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Rachel Gouff

Rachel Gouff
Major: English
Minor: Spanish
Graduation: December 2022
Instagram: @rachelgouff

I am from Provo, Utah and am the oldest of five kids. I love school and my amazing professors, and I love my job, working at the Research and Writing Center! In my free time I like to play tennis, attend BYU sports games, read, ski, and spend time with my amazing friends and my family (and my family’s dog). Read more about Rachel here.
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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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