It is our mission to foster young minds and provide our Scholars with resources to do their best work.

Our Scholars serve as leaders, mentors, tutors, volunteers, and much more. We want to use this opportunity to tell you a little about what they have learned and accomplished. At the same time, they will give you advice on what to expect as a first–year Honors Scholar, tell you why they chose Emory & Henry, and offer a little insight into their experiences in the Honors Program.

laken brooks, class of 2017
major: literature

Laken Brooks

Laken is a Senior Honors Program Scholar majoring in Literature and will be graduating with a certificate in secondary English Education. Being the president of the Peer Educators club, a Bonner scholar, and a Supplemental Instructor since her first year at E&H are just a few of the things that Laken is involved in on campus. She aspires to become a professor of literature and being involved in education-building in her future. Although, she is open to whatever these fields might entail like publishing. Self-crafting a minor regarding Gender in Text is also something Laken is pursuing.  Read More →

Alex Cooper, Class of 2017
Majors: Geography, History

Alex Cooper

Alex is a Geography and History double major with intentions of becoming a United Methodist Minister. He is the captain of the varsity cross-country team, a sports broadcaster for the Athletic Department, the vice president of the Hermesian Literary Society, and a member of the Geography Honors Society. In Spring of 2015, Alex spent a semester in Exeter, England to study in their History Department. His advice to high school seniors in regards to choosing the right college is that “comfort and satisfaction at the school you choose will be a defining factor in your overall college experience.” Read More →

Ali Hillman, Class of 2017
Major: Cross–Cultural Psychology

Ali Hillman

Ali is a Senior Honors Scholar with a self–crafted major in Cross-Cultural Psychology. She wants to pursue graduate level research on “the varying cultural approaches to Autism and similar disorders.” She hopes to open a school for students that learn in non-conventional ways, which will include a component of wilderness education in the curriculum. Her advice to First–Year Scholars is “to take risks in discussion and intellectual exploration, as they are provided with such an excellent scaffold for discovery and growth.” Read More →

Andrew Siva, Class of 2017
Major: Sociology


Andrew is a Senior Honors Scholar with a major in Sociology and a minor in Women & Gender Studies. In the future, Andrew plans to work for an activist organization such as the National Center for Transgender Equality or Greenpeace. They* participated in a unique study abroad program in Iceland “to gain awareness of environmental studies and social issues from a global understanding.” Read More →

Catherine Wiedman, Class of 2017
Majors: Mass Communications, Philosophy

Catherine Wiedman

As a Mass Communications and Philosophy double major, Senior Honors Scholar Catherine Wiedman plans to pursue a career as a reporter and editor for a newspaper or news source in a metropolitan area. To Catherine, her favorite experience at Emory & Henry is engaging in conversations with her professors. She said, “Every single time I walk into a professor’s office and just have a long conversation with her or him about our lives, I feel at home. It brightens my world to know that I am surrounded by so many wonderful people who truly care about me.” Read More →

Casey Heinlein, Class of 2018
Majors: civic innovation and religion

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Casey is a Junior Honors Program Scholar who is a double major in Civic Innovation and Religion with a Minor in Math. Driven by her passion to serve, Casey wants to pursue a career in teaching Mathematics at the high school level and hopes to one day own and run a summer church camp. When asked why she chose Emory & Henry, she said, “I wanted to be somewhere where I could serve the community I was in and have fun doing it.”
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Jessica Myer, Class of 2018
Majors: Sociology and mass communications

Jessica Myer

Jessica is a Junior Honors Scholar pursuing a double major in Sociology and Mass Communications. She is passionate about Photography and would like to continue her training and possibly pursue a career in the Photography field. To Jessica, the Honors Program “is an extra academic challenge that allows [her] to grow every day by testing [her] mind. It is also a hardworking group of people who are excited about education, and that is an invigorating environment to be a part of.” Read More →

Katherine Meyers, Class of 2019
Majors: Civic Innovation and Child Studies

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Katherine is a Sophomore Honors Scholar who is double majoring in Civic Innovation and a self-crafted major, Child Studies. She is passionate about education and the substantial impact it can have on the trajectory and quality of a child’s life, especially in developing countries. After college, she hopes to pursue this passion internationally by working with nonprofits that give students living in under-resourced countries access to quality education. Read More →

Jessica Hughes, class of 2016
Major: Theatre

Jessica Hughes

Jessica is a Theatre major who wants to pursue a career as a full-time Theatre practitioner, involved in both the creation and performance of new works. She has a profound interest in dance choreography, devised theatre, music, stilt walking, writing, travel, and yoga. Her passion in Theatre led her to Northern Ireland where she worked at the Big Telly Theatre Company in Portstewart as a Creative Arts Trainee. Jessica's advice to first-year Honors Scholars is “to make bold decisions. In your first year of college you and your intentions can change dramatically, and therefore it takes boldness to seize happiness.” Read More →

Rachael sharp, class of 2016
majors: political science, Middle eastern & islamic studies

Rachael Sharp ‘16

A double major in Political Science and Middle Eastern & Islamic Studies, Rachael spent the fall 2014 semester in Meknes, Morocco to study the Arabic language. She then spent the summer of 2015 working in the Office of Governor McAuliffe as a Governor's Fellow. Rachael is the president of the Pre-Law Society, President of Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science Honors Society, a Vice-President of the Hermesian Literary Society, a Supplemental Instructor, and a Political Science/Honors Program work study. Her advice to first–year Honors Scholars is “Be patient with yourselves. The first semester in the Honors Program can be tough for many people, but that doesn’t mean that you don’t belong.” 
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katie beth bordwine, class of 2016
majors: history, political science, sociology

Katie Beth Bordwine

Katie Beth is currently studying History, Political Science, and Sociology. She says that “it is [her] hope to eventually go to Law School to pursue a career in advocacy, but [she is] still working out the details.” In addition to her involvement in the Honors Program, Katie Beth serves as the Manager of the Lady Wasp Women’s Basketball Team, Supplemental Instructor of a Hip Hop Transitions course for first–years, Secretary of the Pre-Law Society, Treasurer of Sigma Upsilon Nu Social Sorority, and Sweetheart of Beta Lambda Zeta Social Fraternity. Her advice to first–year Honors Scholars is “Do not give up!…At Emory & Henry we truly are a family, and support each other.” 
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ferris ellis, class of 2016
majors: Physics, mathematics, chemistry

Ferris Ellis

A triple major in mathematics, physics, and chemistry, Ferris is no stranger to challenges and spends a lot of his free time doing computer programming. While he’s still figuring out the exact path he wants to take after graduating, he has a passion for technology and science that has guided him as long as he can remember. As a Senior, Ferris has completed two very successful internships working on projects of software development, Linux engineering and data analytics.  Ferris describes the character of the Honors Program as inspiring. He said, “The program inspires its students and looks to its students to further inspire one another.” Read More →

tim coulter, class of 2016
major: chemistry

Tim Coulter

Tim is a Senior chemistry major, captain of the soccer team, and president of the local fraternity Phi Pi Alpha. In Spring 2016, he was awarded the Chemistry Department Award for Academic Excellence. He graduated in the top 10% of his class from the Marine Corps Officer Candidate School last summer, and will be commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant following his graduation from Emory & Henry College. His advice to first-year scholars is “to continue to push their academic boundaries, and while doing so remain humble and curious…”  Read More →

Banner photograph and photographs of LakenFerris, Jessica, Katie Beth, Rachael, Alex, Ali, Andrew, CatherineCasey, and Katherine are provided by Jessica Myer, Class of 2018.