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Meet Our Ambassadors

Honors College students come from 39 states and all 55 counties in West Virginia. They can be found in academic colleges across campus. 

Our Honors Ambassadors love to share their experiences with WVU and the Honors College. Have a question for our Ambassadors or want to learn more about the Honors Foundations Program? Fill out our form and someone will get back to you soon.

Eviana Barnes

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Major/Minor: Accounting major, Economics minor

Graduation Year: 2021

Hometown: Fairmont, WV

Student Organization Involvement: Club tennis team treasurer, Kappa Kappa Gamma vice president.

Interests and Hobbies: Tennis; spending time with my bunny, friends and family; going to WVU football, basketball and soccer games; being involved with my sorority; and being outside.

Fun Fact: I studied abroad in Brazil last year.

Favorite Thing about WVU and the Honors College: My favorite thing about WVU is its endless opportunities. The Honors College makes finding these opportunities easier because of the welcoming network it has created for me and for all of its students. 

Georgia Beatty

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Major/Minor: English & History majors, German minor

Graduation Year: 2021

Hometown: Weirton, WV

Student Organization Involvement: Model United Nations, WVU Global Medical and Global Dental Brigades, German Club vice president, Student Government Association local governance liaison

Interests and Hobbies: 

Fun Fact: My cat’s name is Newt Scamander. He’s a Hufflepuff.

Favorite Thing about WVU and the Honors College: All of the opportunities, especially study abroad! This university has exposed me to so many places, languages and cultures I never would have experienced otherwise. WVU has taken me to Nicaragua, France, Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Belgium and (this spring) Honduras, and to even more places within the classroom. 

Emma Blair

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Major/Minor: Exercise Physiology major, Psychology minor

Graduation Year: 2021

Hometown: Wheeling, WV

Student Organization Involvement: Helvetia Honors Society vice president, School of Medicine Pre-Professional Programs Student Ambassador, Chem 115 tutor, Bio 115 Teaching Assistant, Pre-Medical Club

Interests and Hobbies: I love to bake, read and travel. I especially love watching Disney movies and going thrift shopping!

Fun Fact: I’ve been to 43 out of the 50 states.

Favorite Thing about WVU and the Honors College: My favorite thing about the WVU Honors College is the atmosphere they provide. I love the programs and events that help me make new college friends while still encouraging a studious and academic environment. 

Thaiddeus “Ted” Dillie

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Major/Minor: Biochemistry & Business Administration majors

Graduation Year: May 2020

Hometown: Weirton, WV

Student Organization Involvement: Global Business Brigades vice president, Student Government Association Davis College Rep, Student Life Ambassador, member of Global Medical Brigades Pilot Program to Ghana, and assist at the Office of Undergraduate Research

Interests and Hobbies: Watching sports, talking with my friends, playing card games and ukulele. I'm also interested in science and human behavior.

Fun Fact: I have a twin sister.

Favorite Thing about WVU and the Honors College: Both of these have a family-like structure to them. In the Honors College, I feel as if I am at home.

Grant DuVall

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Major/Minor: Biology B.S. major, Addiction Studies minor

Graduation Year: 2022

Hometown: Bridgeport, WV

Student Organization Involvement: Neuroscience Club, Medlife, Young Life

Interests and Hobbies: Photography, tennis, hiking and traveling.

Fun Fact: I lived in Destin, FL for 14 years before moving to West Virginia my freshman year of high school.

Favorite Thing about WVU and the Honors College: I love the pride every student has here at WVU and the extensive opportunities the Honors College grants their students on a regular basis.

Jana El-Khatib

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Major/Minor: Psychology major, Arabic Studies minor

Graduation Year: May 2019

Hometown: Hurricane, WV

Student Organization Involvement: President of Arabic Studies club, Student Government Association diversity representative, Red Cross Club member, secretary of Pre-Dental Club

Interests and Hobbies: Running, calligraphy art, travel and attending cultural events on campus.

Fun Fact: I have three older siblings who are all WVU alumni!

Favorite Thing about WVU and the Honors College: All of the student org options, the fun and interesting Honors classes offered & study abroad opportunities.

Kirsten Johnson

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Major/Minor: Biology major, Spanish minor

Graduation Year: 2021

Hometown: Philadelphia, PA

Student Organization Involvement: Alpha Lambda Delta, Neuroscience Club, National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS), Pre-Medical Club, Global Medical BrigadesMedLife

Interests and Hobbies:  Reading, watching crime shows (NCIS, Brooklyn 99, CSI), watching football, playing softball and running.

Fun Fact:  My best friend is my yellow lab, Toby.

Favorite Thing about WVU and the Honors College: The connections made between students and professors. It truly feels like one big family!

Hunter Moore

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Major/Minor: Aerospace Engineering major, Physics minor

Graduation Year: 2022

Hometown: West Milford, WV

Student Organization Involvement: Engineers Without Borders (Local Project Team), WVU American Institute of Aero/Astronautics, WVU Student Government Association, Mountaineer Mentors, Honors Student Association

Interests and Hobbies: Movies, soccer, space, traveling and science.

Fun Fact: I spent the summer working for NASA with the CubeSat Program!

Favorite Thing about WVU and the Honors College: My favorite thing about WVU and the Honors College is definitely the people no matter what or where, I can always find a great group of friends.

Tayo Oluwafemi

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Major/Minor: Economics major

Graduation Year: 2021

Hometown: Morgantown, WV

Student Organization Involvement: Kappa Kappa Gamma, WVU Sales Competition Team, Delta Sigma Pi

Interests and Hobbies: Socializing with friends, meeting new people and listening to new music.

Fun Fact: I lived in Canada for 6 years.

Favorite Thing about WVU and the Honors College: I love the amazing opportunities you have offered to you as a student of WVU and in the Honors College. There are multiple people who want to see you succeed and advance so you know you always have support or a person to talk to.

Natalie Rogers

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Major/Minor: Economics & Mathematics majors

Graduation Year: 2021

Hometown: Morgantown, WV

Student Organization Involvement: Honors College TestWELL tutor, Actuarial Science Club,  Helvetia Sophomore Honorary

Interests and Hobbies: Spending time with family and friends and reading.

Fun Fact:  I was born in Japan.

Favorite Thing about WVU and the Honors College: The interesting like-minded people that I have met, and the opportunities to further my learning outside of a classroom environment.

Morgan Simpson

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Major/Minor: Psychology major, Statistics and Women and Gender Studies minors

Graduation Year: 2020

Hometown: Summit Point, WV

Student Organization Involvement: president of Psychology Club, vice president of Mountaineer Tutoring Network, member of Psi Chi Honorary, and historian for Chimes Junior Honor Society

Interests and Hobbies:  I love spending time with my friends! I enjoy crocheting and reading.

Fun Fact:  I have twelve guinea pigs.

Favorite Thing about WVU and the Honors College: I love the Honors College community and the friendships I have made within it.

Bethany Wager

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Major/Minor: Wildlife and Fisheries Resources major

Graduation Year: 2022

Hometown: Waverly, WV

Student Organization Involvement: Chi Alpha, American Fisheries Society, LeadWELL mentorResearch Apprenticeship Program student

Interests and Hobbies: Basketball, running, hunting, fishing, hiking, arts and crafts.

Fun Fact: I love baking.

Favorite Thing about WVU and the Honors College: I love all of the different clubs and activities offered at WVU. Coming from a small town, WVU was intimidating, but the Honors College made the University feel smaller and friendlier from the start.

Katherine Whittington

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Major/Minor: Political Science and Business Administration majors

Graduation Year: 2022

Hometown: Charleston, WV

Student Organization Involvement: Residence Hall Association (Honors Hall representative),  Mountaineer Maniacs

Interests and Hobbies: Shopping and spending time with family and friends.

Fun Fact: I once met Creed from "The Office" in an airport.

Favorite Thing about WVU and the Honors College: The atmosphere at WVU and the family the Honors College brings!