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Meet Guilford's Honors Students


Guilford’s Honors students are curious, self-motivated, and smart. They're also campus leaders, active citizens, and world travelers. From Day One at Guilford, they change the world around them. Read more about their research, their travels, and their dreams — and find out what makes them tomorrow’s leaders.

Learn more about the Honors Program, including scholarship and study abroad opportunities, or contact Interim Program Director Phil Slaby at honors@guilford.edu or 336.316.2397. You can also contact the program's liaison in the Office of Admission, Kyle Wooden '11, at admission@guilford.edu or 336.316.2100.


Bracing for Success

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Kamila Gonzalez ’26, a Public Health and Health Sciences double major with a Forensic Biology minor, has her sights set on dental school as she explores various interests in the field.

Kami Gonzalez stands outdoors with her long hair down, wearing a necklace and a white shirt, while smiling.

Foundational Principles

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Drawn to Guilford for its values and the opportunity to have close relationships with professors, Honors student Taylor Calloway ’23 of Hendersonville, N.C, a double major in History and Political Science with a minor in Education Studies, aspires to be a professor.

Taylor Calloway stands outdoors on Guilford's Quad, wearing a black t-shirt.

Engineering His Future

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As a double major in Mathematics and Physics, Honors student Griffin Icenhower ’25 has his sights set on an electrical engineering career. A pitcher for the Quaker baseball team, his laser focus serves him well on the mound and in the classroom.
 

Griffin Icenhour sits on the steps of New Garden Hall, wearing a red Guilford College Quakers t-shirt and chatting with another student.

All in for Families

All in for Families

Drawn to Guilford because of its deep concern for students’ well-being and success, Emma English ’22 aims to extend the same care for families through a career in law. She's currently studying law at Washington University in St. Louis.

Noah's Ark

Noah's Ark

Meet Noah West ’24, a Biology major with a passion for fish and marine plants. Find out how he developed these interests and his career plans.

Many Roads Toward Guilford

Many Roads Toward Guilford

Caleb Huppert ’22, an Honors student and Biology major minoring in Chemistry, Japanese, Art, and Creative Writing, is known for going above and beyond. Graduating after only three years at Guilford, he accepted a full ride to ECU Medical School.


Chief Journalist

Chief Journalist

Jenni Camhi's ('22) internship plans were derailed due to the pandemic, she took on the challenge of reconfiguring Guilford's student newspaper, the Guilfordian, for an online setting and online audience.

Focused on Ethical Leadership

Focused on Ethical Leadership

For Jonathan Nunez ’22, an Honors student and Business Administration major, choosing a college home was all about ethics.

Finding Her Way

Finding Her Way

Honors student and English and Media Studies major Kaya Simpson ’22 knows what comes next for her —  a teaching career. She was recently placed as an English and Drama teacher by the Southern Teachers Agency.


Agricultural Aspirations

Agricultural Aspirations

Transfer student Sydney Singleton ’20, an Honors student and Sustainable Food Systems major, says she chose Guilford because of its unique agricultural program and its comfortable size.

Citizen of the World

Citizen of the World

Noely Bernier ’23, an Honors Scholar and Political Science and International Affairs double major from Haiti, talks about what drew her to study policymaking at Guilford.

In Pursuit of Excellence

In Pursuit of Excellence

Meet Honors student Calley Hull ’23, a Modern Language Studies (Spanish) and English double major with a minor in Communications, who has big plans for her future, including giving back to the community as a teacher. 


International Peacebuilder

International Peacebuilder

Chris Collins ’19, an Environmental Policy and East Asian Studies double major, is working in research for the U.S. Institute for Peace and studying for a master’s degree in international development at The George Washington University.

My Guilford Story: Macaylee and Michael [VIDEO]

My Guilford Story: Macaylee and Michael [VIDEO]

Guilford College Criminal Justice major Macaylee Eller '22, who is also a Creative Writing minor and an Honors Student, is part of Guilford's Elon Law Program,…

Coast to Coast Confidence

Coast to Coast Confidence

Guilford College graduate Lizzy Barnes ’21, an Honors student and double major in Exercise and Sport Sciences and Health Sciences, is pursuing a doctorate in physical therapy at the University of Southern California.


Genuine Faith

Genuine Faith

Religious Studies and Accounting major Jacob Perkins ’22 talks about what drew him to study religion, how Guilford made his experience unique, and his plans for the future.

Pursuit of Persuasion

Pursuit of Persuasion

Philosophy major and Honors student Colin Ganges ’19 discusses what attracted him to study philosophy and what led him to his speechwriting career with West Wing Writers in Washington, D.C.

A Vocation to Heal

A Vocation to Heal

Psychology major and Honors student Jillian Morrison ’21 added two strategic minors in Education Studies and Modern Language Studies (Spanish) during her time at Guilford. Her next goal? A master's in social work at the University of Pennsylvania.


Seeing Clearly

Seeing Clearly

Guilford College Biology major Srinavya Komma ’21 is on her way to becoming an optometrist at the University of Alabama.

Why Guilford? Tucker Gamble '22 [VIDEO]

Why Guilford? Tucker Gamble '22 [VIDEO]

Meet Tucker Gamble '22, a double major in Music and Education Studies. In this video, Tucker, an Honors student, talks about the organizations he's involved in…

Natural Artist

Natural Artist

A Bonner Scholar and double major in Art and Environmental Studies, Willow Stevenson '21 is now an artist-in-residence in Missouri. Discover the inspiration behind her drawings and ceramics.


From Ghana to Guilford

From Ghana to Guilford

English and Media Studies major Salwa Ahmad ’21 took a leap of faith when she left her home in Ghana. She excelled at Guilford, earning a Rachel Lindner Leahy ’14 Award and a spot in N.C. State University’s Master of Arts in English program.

Future Physician

Future Physician

For Health Sciences and Biology double major Exel Valle-Estrada ’21, the American Dream has become a reality. He recently studied at the selective Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine Annual Undergraduate Summer Scholars Program.

Psychology Personified

Psychology Personified

People are Josie Schoenberg’s ’24 top priority. The Honors student from Dunwoody, Ga., is a natural fit at Guilford, where she’s enjoying theater productions and her Psychology major.


Wheels for Roots

Wheels for Roots

Hannah Arnett ’21 lives life off the beaten path. The Exercise and Sport Sciences major and Biology minor plans to roam the country after graduating early. So what does she do? She buys an old school bus to renovate into her next home.

Joyful Learning

Joyful Learning

English major Gillian Sherman '19 returned to her home city of Manhattan, New York, for the MAT program at Bank Street College of Education. She's focusing on general and special education for elementary school students.

Cultivating Her Calling

Cultivating Her Calling

Initially drawn to Guilford for a (former) dance program, Biology and Health Sciences double major Robin Bigaj ’19 found that she appreciated the sciences. Her current focus is an experimental holistic garden she started with a friend.


Animal Advocate

Animal Advocate

Kaylee Zabava ’21, a Biology and Health Sciences double major, says she's ready for veterinary graduate school because of the strong academic advising at Guilford and her dedication to gaining as much veterinary experience as possible.

An Element of Fun

An Element of Fun

Don McTaggart ’21, a Chemistry major with minors in Math and Computing, Technology, and Information Systems, is now part of a doctoral chemistry program that’s focused on renewable energy at UNC Chapel Hill.

Well Grounded and Ready to Soar

Well Grounded and Ready to Soar

Juliana “Jules” Evans-Anfom ’19 of Frederick, Md., an Exercise and Sport Sciences major, Art minor, and soccer player, is pursuing a doctor of physical therapy degree through a joint program at UC — San Francisco and San Francisco State University.


Life Through a Lens

Life Through a Lens

Peace and Conflict Studies major and Art minor (photography) Annalee Durland-Jones ’22 said her attendance at a three-day symposium was one of the many ways professors found opportunities for students like her to engage during the pandemic.

Man of Substance

Man of Substance

Brooks Stemple '22, an Economics and Accounting double major and football player, turns an invaluable internship with JP Morgan Chase in Texas into a full-time job offer — before graduation.

Finding Her Edge

Finding Her Edge

English and Media Studies and Education double major Alesha Garcia '22 received the Eugene Thompson Scholarship for her strong ability and distinct passion for connecting with others to find success. She plans to become a secondary-school English teacher.


Framing Her Future

Framing Her Future

Psychology and Sociology and Anthropology double major Rebecca Hamilton-Levi '18 found her calling to the camera at Guilford. Two of her documentaries won awards at a campus festival, and she's started her career as the videographer for Friends Journal.

Leading by Example

Leading by Example

Community and Justice Studies and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies double major Mattie Schaefer ’20 discovered their leadership potential at Guilford. They're now pursuing a Master's in Higher Education at the University of Vermont.

His Chemical Romance

His Chemical Romance

Chemistry major Connor Huntwork ’17 says his work as a research associate at Duke University, as well as the education he received at Guilford, prepared him well for graduate school at the University of Wisconsin in Madison.