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Student Spotlight

Honors College students are representative of our bigger West Virginia University community — from 40 states and multiple countries, our students can be found in every college at the University. 

Each week during the school year, we choose a student to profile in our weekly email newsletter. Read more about some of our students below.

Josh Harman

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Josh Harman is a senior and a political science and psychology double major with a minor in Spanish. He is a member of the Mortar Board, worker at BookHolders, former RA of Oakland Hall, and former Senator in the Student Government Association. In his spare time, Josh likes to read and spend time outdoors with his friends. His favorite WVU memory was riding scooters around Baltimore's Inner Harbor through a trip that he took with the Honors College. After graduation, he plans to take a gap year to continue working at BookHolders while he prepares to take the LSAT and go to law school.

Raimah Hossain

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Raimah Hossain is an Honors senior majoring in biomedical engineering. She was previously the inclusion coordinator for the Student Government Association, and over the past two years served as alumni, marketing, and PR co-coordinator, and Make the Magic co-coordinator for Camp Kesem at WVU, an organization that provides a free summer camp to children whose families have been impacted by cancer. She was also selected as a 2020 TEDxWVU speaker, where she gave a talk on her experiences as a first-generation American and the commodification of marginalized individuals' struggles. She served as chief engineer for her biomedical engineering senior design project. She has represented the Honors College as an Honors Ambassador for the past three years.

In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, makeup, and listening to music. Her favorite memory at WVU was being crowned as 2021 Homecoming Royalty, particularly the experience of campaigning, which allowed her to incorporate aspects of her Bangladeshi heritage into her campaign.

"Seeing the support of that from the WVU and greater Morgantown community meant the world to me because I have spent so much of my life grappling with that part of my identity," Raimah said. "Most importantly, it made me realize how grateful I am for all of my friends and my support systems because I could not have accomplished it without them."

After graduation, she will be attending the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Public Health to pursue a Master of Public Health, focusing on health equity, social justice, and human rights. She hopes to combine this experience with her biomedical engineering degree to help eliminate health disparities in communities of color.

Kayla Guyton

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Kayla Guyton is a freshman from Canonsburg, Pennsylvania majoring in marketing and management information systems with a minor in communications. She is vice president of professionalism for Delta Sigma Pi, a member of Women in Business, First-Year Leadership Academy, WVU Paws and the Neidermeyer Scholar Program. She works at the Student Recreation Center. In her spare time, Kayla enjoys spending time with her friends and family, learning her coursework, shopping, traveling, and being involved on campus. Her favorite memory at WVU so far has been joining Delta Sigma Pi and meeting some of her best friends. After graduation, Kayla plans on moving to a city in the south to pursue a career with digital marketing.

Bridget Eileen Stephan

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Bridget Eileen Stephan (right) is an Honors accounting major and finance minor. She is a Neidermeyer Scholar and will be a Lead Neidermeyer Scholar next year. She is involved in several organizations on campus. She is a brother of Delta Sigma Pi and was recently elected as vice president of pledge education for next year.  She is also a member of Women in Business. This summer, she is really excited to work as an audit intern for EY. 

In her free time, she enjoys kayaking, hiking, going to the gym and making food for herself and others. Her favorite WVU memory is when her older brothers and sisters-in-law came to town for a football game because all of her favorite people were in one place (and WVU won the game)! After graduation, she hopes to continue to work for EY and eventually go to law school.

Aidan Priest

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Aidan Priest is a sophomore Honors student from Baldwinsville, New York, double-majoring in finance and accounting in the Chambers College. In his free time, he enjoys being involved in a variety of student organizations, hiking, being outdoors and traveling. He serves as a tour guide on campus, vice president of alumni relations for Delta Sigma Pi, vice president of Mountaineer Guides, a member of MountaineerThon, a member of the Sales & Pitch Competition Team and a volunteer lector for Trinity Episcopal Church. His favorite memory at WVU is being a part of the Mountaineer Cheer-Off. He said as someone vying to be the first out-of-state Mountaineer, the opportunity to wear a past Mountaineers' buck skins, carry a musket and represent the state and University with so much pride for just one game was surreal. After graduation, he plans to get involved in corporate finance and hopefully turn his internship with Eaton Corporation into a full-time career. Outside of his career, he plans to find the area that he thinks best fits his future, whether that is back near his home in Syracuse, in West Virginia, or somewhere new. He thinks students new to WVU should know that everyone is new here and is trying to build their identity. There are so many changes in college. It is okay to explore and embrace sides of yourself you haven't before.

Falon Snodgrass

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Falon Snodgrass is a double major in French and international studies with minors in geography and journalism. She is the layout designer for the Daily Athenaeum, student outreach coordinator for FIRSTHAND Cooperative, and a Model United Nations delegate. Falon enjoys the outdoors, crocheting, traveling and seeing live music in her free time. Her favorite memory at WVU was Sustainable Development Day this past fall in the CRC where she met a lot of friends. After graduation, she plans to serve in the Peace Corps in either the agriculture or education sector. Once her service is complete, she ultimately plans to work for a Non-Governmental Organization or nonprofit organization that supports sustainable and equitable development. 

Aidan McGraw

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Aidan McGraw is a third-year biology student with an emphasis in genomics and a psychology minor. Her favorite memory at WVU has been being a part of Beta Psi Omega, where she serves as historian for the professional biology fraternity. She says all of the members are very close and they always have a good time. She has also served as an Honors College mentor for two years and works off campus at Terra Cafe. She loves doing yoga, latte art, and spending time with her dog. After graduation, she plans on attending graduate school for genetic counseling and pursuing a PhD. She thinks that students should appreciate the importance of meeting new people. Your classmates, professors, and coworkers are all essential to networking. Having a network to help you is essential to your success as a student. 

Elizabeth Rockwell

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Elizabeth Rockwell is a senior in the Honors EXCEL program. She is double majoring in music and women and gender studies with a minor in World Music. In her free time, she loves to read, watch TV comedies, play with her dog, and does a wide variety of arts and crafts. After graduation, she plans to attend graduate school for musicology and eventually get her PhD to teach at a university and continue research in her field. On campus, she is the chapter president of Sigma Alpha Iota, a member of the WVU Percussion Coalition, Steel Band, and a WVU College of Creative Arts Ambassador. Off campus, she is the percussion coordinator for the Albert Gallatin High School, front ensemble instructor for the University High School and a member of the Mountaineer Musicological Community. Her favorite memory at WVU was traveling with the percussion department to Switzerland in 2019 over spring break. They had the opportunity to spend eight days in Basel and observe a traditional music festival called Fasnacht. She thinks it is important for student to make the most of their degree and to not be afraid to try new things.

Olivia Dowler

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Olivia Dowler is an Honors sophomore triple-majoring in history, Spanish, and philosophy. She is currently involved all over campus. She serves as the president pro tempore in the WVU Student Government Association, as well as the president of Students for Reproductive Justice, treasurer for Active Minds at WVU and social media manager for WVU Women in Law. She is also a member of the Global Medical and Dental Brigades, Mountaineer Guides, Women in Government and Politics, and the Honors LGBTQ+ and Allies Affinity Group. Olivia also works as a New Student Orientation leader and a tour guide. In her free time, she enjoys volunteering, watching Netflix and eating Mexican food. Her favorite memory at WVU so far has been giving a TEDxWVU talk and campaigning for the Student Government Association during her freshman year. One day, she hopes to get a JD as well as a PhD in history to become a human rights attorney and eventually teach American history at the collegiate level.

Hannah Nieman

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Hannah Nieman is an Honors sophomore advertising and PR major with a minor in interactive design for media. This semester, she is a social media intern for the WV Black Bears. She is also an Honors 102 mentor, a member of the WVU Band and a member of Sigma Alpha Iota. She enjoys crafting, reading and playing video games in her free time. Her favorite memory at WVU is running out of the tunnel for pregame for the first home game this season. After graduation, she hopes to work with brands to use social media in new and innovative ways.

Maddux Testa

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Maddux Testa is a first-year Honors mechanical and aerospace engineering student from Mountain Top, PA. He participates in undergraduate research under Dr. Kevin Bandura in the WVU Radio Astronomy Instrumentation Lab and is a learning assistant in the Department of Mathematics for the math 126/106 team. In his spare time, he is an avid music listener, enjoys collecting records, plays guitar and writes music for his band, and also enjoys spending time working out. His favorite memory at WVU is going to local store Modern Throwback with his friend Hayden. His dream career path is with NASA, hopefully playing a part in sending a human to Mars.

Sonia Ndifon

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Sonia Ndifon is an Honors junior majoring in biomedical engineering and minoring in general business and communication studies. She is a Resident Assistant, and Ambassador for the Statler College, secretary for the WVU African Student Association, and a tutor, both privately in Statler College and with Mindfit. She also volunteers for the Appalachian Prison Book Project, WVU Medicine, and the Mon Health Medical Center. Sonia is involved in biomedical engineering research through the Honors EXCEL program. In her spare time, she enjoys binge-watching Netflix shows, reading books, going on hikes, and spending time with her friends. Her favorite memory of WVU so far has been going to basketball games with her friends and singing "Country Roads" after a win. After graduation, Sonia hopes to go on to medical school to get her medical degree and serve her community through medicine. In the long-term, Sonia would love to get more involved in global health.

Wenjuan Gu

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Wenjuan Gu is an Honors junior biochemistry major with minors in statistics and leadership studies. She has extensive experience teaching and tutoring, and has worked as a teaching assistant for biology, chemistry and tutoring classes, and tutored for Mindfit. She is currently a tutor with the testWELL Learning Center. Off campus, she is involved with the American Red Cross and Remote Area Medical, a major nonprofit provider of free pop-up clinics. In her spare time, Wenjuan likes to kickbox, hike with friends, complete Sudoku puzzles, sketch, and visit art museums. Her favorite memory at WVU is going to basketball games with her friends - she loves the atmosphere at the games! After graduation, Wenjuan says she hopes to go on to tackle medical school to become a physician. Her long-term goal is to have her own practice with a program to aid patients financially on a need-basis.

Suraya Boggs

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Suraya Boggs is a first-year undecided major who is interested in biology and sociology. She is the public relations committee chair for the WVU NAACP, dealing with social justice issues and educating students on campus about how they can help. She is part of the Honors Students of Color Affinity group and also likes to do community service activities around campus. In the summer, she works with a local food pantry in her hometown of Spencer, WV, to collect nonperishable food and distribute it to people in need. She also works summers as a student mentor with the SOLE (Student Opportunities for Learning and Engagement) program for kids pre-K through eighth grade. In her spare time, she likes to crochet, hang out with friends, and go to cafes. Her favorite memory at WVU so far has been meeting some of her best friends and laughing with them for hours on end in their dorm rooms, or just studying in each other's company. After graduation, she want to go to graduate school for biology or sociology. 

William Irwin

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William Irwin is an Honors junior majoring in landscape architecture and multidisciplinary studies. In their free time, they enjoy spending time helping as a Student Ambassador where they are able to give prospective students an idea of the atmosphere of the WVU Davis College and the University as a whole. They are also involved in the WVU Student Government Association and the Horticulture Club. They love to go on walks around Morgantown, spend time drawing, and attend community events on and off campus. Their favorite thing about WVU has been being able to find a niche where they are comfortable and feel affirmed. After graduation, they hope to continue pursuing landscape architecture and eventually become a designer.

Jamie Yoder

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Jamie Yoder is an Honors junior sport management major and law & legal studies minor. Jamie is an RA at Oakland Hall. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, exploring new things with friends, and watching sports, including football, hockey and basketball. She is a Mountaineer Maniac, a 4-H club member both with WVU and her home club, a member of the WVU Health Sciences & Technology Academy Alumni and Ambassadors clubs, a WVU Sport Management Club member, and an intern with WVU Athletics Ticketing. Her favorite memory at WVU so far has been watching WVU Football beat Virginia Tech. After she graduates, Jamie hopes to go to the WVU College of Law.

Sydney Tuttle

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Sydney Tuttle is a freshman Honors student from Berkeley Springs, WV. She is majoring in elementary education and minoring in childhood development and family studies. In her free time, she enjoys going to the Student Recreation Center, playing volleyball, and drawing. Her favorite memory at West Virginia University has been watching the Mountaineer volleyball games.

Charlie Long

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Charlie Long is a freshman Honors student from Charleston, WV. He is majoring in political science and plans to become a lawyer. He is a member of the College Democrats of West Virginia University and is the social media manager and historian for the Honors Student Association. He enjoys spending his free time playing the piano, kayaking, and reading nonfiction books. His favorite WVU memory so far has been rehearsing with the School of Music's Steel Band Ensemble on Wednesday nights. His dream is to attend Harvard Law School after he finishes his undergraduate degree.

Sienna Bircher

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Sienna Bircher is a freshman from Green Bank, WV. She is majoring in civil and environmental engineering and minoring in wildlife and fisheries management. In her free time she enjoys hiking, reading, playing with her dog, taking care of her plants, and playing sports. She is a member of Engineers Without Boarders and the Society of Women Engineers. Her favorite memory so far at WVU has been singing Country Roads at the Mountaineer basketball games.

Karalyne Banks

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Karalyne Banks is an Honors freshman from Berkeley Springs, WV. She is majoring in exercise physiology and minoring in childhood development and family studies with hopes to be a physical therapist one day. Karalyne is a member of the exercise physiology club and the pre-physical therapy club. In her free time she loves to go to the gym, play piano, and listen to Taylor Swift and Harry Styles. Her favorite memory so far at WVU has been going to the Mountaineer football games.

Colin Heilman

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Colin Heilman is an Honors senior from Weirton, WV. He is majoring in global supply chain management and minoring in data analytics. Colin currently serves as vice president for the Supply Chain Management Association. In his free time, he enjoys photography and playing video games. His favorite memory from his time at WVU has been watchin WVU beat Texas his freshman year. His dream is to become a supply chain manager for a large tech company like Apple or Google.

Hunter Bennett

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Hunter Bennett is a senior Honors student from Fort Ashby, WV. He is majoring in public relations and minoring in political science. Hunter stays involved here on WVU's campus; he is a member of WVU PRSSA, U92 the Moose, ad Mirage Magazine. In his free time, Hunter enjoys spending time with his girlfriend Laurel, playing Mario Kart, and creating content. Hunter's favorite WVU memory was when he got to drive a van to the Andy Warhol museum with the Honors College during his time as a resident assistant at Lincoln Hall.

Alaina Eavenson

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Alaina Eavenson is a junior Honors student from Morgantown, WV. She is an animal and nutritional sciences major and women & gender studies minor.Her favorite class this semester is "Veterinary Parasitology and Edible and Medicinal Plants of Appalachian Folk Medicine," and her dream job is to become a veterinarian, specifically a mixed animal practitioner with a focus on shelter medicine. She is the secretary of the Pre-Veterinary Club, an Honors Ambassador, and is working as a veterinary assistant at Pinnacle Pet Health in town. She is also a first-year student in the Honors EXCEL program and is working to help local rescues manage feral cat colonies around town. Alaina is a long-time 4-H member and loves supporting younger members with their projects. Alaina loves being crafty and cross stitching and embroidering. She also want to learn to crochet.

Brandon Neiswonger

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Brandon Neiswonger is a junior from Moundsville, WV. He is a double-major in political science and philosophy. Brandon is the associate director of the Mountaineer Maniacs Executive Board here on campus. His role consists of planning and organizing giveaways and events. He manages financial obligations and attends all events. In his free time, Brandon loves watching sports and spending time with his friends. He hopes to practice law one day, specifically by working with the WVU athletic department. 

Sophia Miller

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Sophia Miller is a sophomore student from Parkersburg, WV. She is majoring in elementary education and minoring in psychology . In her free time, she enjoys baking, reading, and playing video games. Sophia has her own baking business(Instagram: @bakergirlsophie) and recently sold-out at the grand-opening of Buff City Soap in Parkersburg. Her dream job is a second grade teacher. Her favorite memory from her time at WVU so far has been hiking at Cooper's Rock.

Shawn Jones

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Shawn Jones is a sophomore dual majoring in computer science and computer engineering. He is from Sistersville, WV. Shawn is very involved on campus. He is the president of the Honors Student Association and a member of the WVU Drumline. Shawn is also a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. His favorite memory at WVU was during his freshman year. He and his friends threw a murder-mystery event at Honors Hall. In his free time, he loves drumming, working out, and going camping.

Bree Buker

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Bree Buker is a junior majoring in criminology and international studies with a minor in dance. She is from Orlando, Florida. Bree stays busy on campus through her role as a tour leader, a Mountaineer guide, a member of the Honors Student Association, a member of the WVU Student Dance Association, and a member of Moments of Magic. In her free time, she enjoys dancing, baking, and trying new fitness classes. Her dream job is secretary of state.

Olivia Twigg

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Olivia Twigg is a freshman student from Berkeley Springs, WV. She is majoring in health and well-being and plans to minor in special education. Olivia's favorite class is Introduction to health and well-being and plans on being an occupational therapist one day. In her free time she enjoys hiking, kayaking, and spending time outdoors.

Sophia Flower

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Sophia Flower is a sophomore student from Fairmont, WV. She is majoring in biology and minoring in Appalachian studies. Sophia currently serves as executive secretary for the Student Government Association (SGA). She is also involved in the Collegiate 4-H and WVU's Pre-Medical Club. In her spare time, she enjoys listening to music (especially Taylor Swift and Harry Styles) and collecting vinyl records. Sophia also loves to travel and to visit local coffee shops. Her favorite WVU memory has been walking around campus in the snow during her freshman year. Her dream is to become a primary care physician.

Kristen Roys

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Kristen Roys is a senior who will be graduating this December. She is majoring in civil engineering. Kristen stays involved here on campus by serving as the secretary of WVU's branch of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and as president of the organization from 2020-2021. Kristen is a member of the Concrete Canoe Team, as well as the Steel Bridge Team under the American Institute  of Steel Construction (AISC). Last year, she served as the recording secretary of Tau Beta Pi, the engineering honor society. When she isn't busy with school, Kristen enjoys hiking, camping, photography and art, including drawing, painting, and learning about art history. This is her third year working as a Resident Assistant (RA) for the Honors Hall. Her favorite WVU memories have been Adventure WV trips. She went on a first-year trip, as well as the sophomore trip to Colorado and Utah. She said she made some of her closest friends on these trips.

Dylan McCullough

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Dylan is a senior mechanical and aerospace engineering double major with and area of emphasis in aeronautical engineering from Stonewood. He is a member of the Mountaineer Catholics and American Society of Mechanical Engineers. His hobbies include listening to music, playing video games and reading. His favorite WVU memory has been building a balsa glider for Intro to Aerospace Engineering and flying the glider behind the Engineering Sciences Building. Dylan is also a Resident Assistant (RA) for Honors Hall. He decided to become an RA because he loved living in the dorms freshman year with all of the programs and wonderful experiences his RA's hosted. He wanted to be able to do that for future first-year students.