Class of 2018 Hall of Fame

Four outstanding students were recognized for the exhibiting the best traits we try to develop in Honors Students!

Our initial class for the Hall of Fame all showed excellence in one or more of the student characteristics we try to develop. 

Chris Bell

Chris Bell graduated from UF in 2018 as a triple-major in Political Science, History, and Spanish and a certificate in Public Affairs. During his time at UF, Chris has been involved in the Student Honors Organization, the Campus Diplomats, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Executive Board, the Student Honors Advisory Board, Prism, UF Model United Nations, and— his most fun commitment— serving on H-Camp staff for a few years. Chris studied abroad in Sevilla, Spain after his freshman year, and he spent his remaining two summers interning in Washington D.C. Chris will be heading back to D.C. to start working in August.

Jonathan Newman

Jonathan Newman is graduating with a Bachelors in Telecommunication-Production.  During his time at the University of Florida, Jonathan has been involved with the Honors Program as a Director for H-Camp, welcoming and integrating over 350 first-year honors students into the program. He was also a Student Assistant in the Honors Office, where he worked with current and prospective Honors students and their families. During his third year in the program, Jonathan was selected to represent UF Honors at a National Collegiate Honors Conference in Seattle, Washington, where he presented on the importance of programs that effectively transition first-year students into a college honors atmosphere. Outside of the Honors Program, Jonathan has been involved with the Freshman Leadership Council, and served the Florida Cicerones as Programming Vice President and, during his final year, President. After graduation, Jonathan will be moving to Los Angeles, California to work as a Production Intern for Propagate Content. His hope is to use film as an educational tool to bridge gaps between communities, advocate for social justice, and strengthen our society’s understanding of the world as we know it.

Margaret Pires-Fernandes

Meggie Pires-Fernandes will be graduating with her BS in Biomedical Engineering. While at UF, Meggie was involved with H-Camp, Honors Ambassadors, Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Fraternity, BME Student Advancement Council, and BME Student Association for the Support of Science. Through Honors, Meggie was able to develop and fine tune her leadership skills. She served as a small group leader, then as an executive board member, and finally as director for H-Camp. These experiences allowed her to be challenged and shaped her into the leader she is today. In addition to her extracurricular involvement, she also participated in undergraduate research with focuses in osteoarthritis at UF and robotic gait assistance at the University of Delaware. After graduation she will be entering and engineering rotational program at a medical device company and plans to attend graduate school in the future.

Rebekah Schwartz

Rebekah Schwartz is a graduating with her Bachelors in Public Health with double minors in Health Disparities and International Development & Humanitarian Assistance. While at UF, Rebekah was involved with the Honors Ambassadors and Project Makeover and served as Vice President of Programs for the Student Honors Organization and the Programming Vice President for the Florida Cicerones. Last year, Rebekah was chosen to represent the UF Honors Program at the National Collegiate Honors Council in Seattle, Washington. Over her time at the University of Florida, she has completed three internships at the Emerging Pathogens Institute, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and the Alachua County Health Department. For her first three years at UF, she has completed research at the Department of Veterans Affairs on improving access to care for rural Veterans. This year, Rebekah was selected to be a University Scholar and received funding to complete a project in the Dominican Republic on Public Health messaging. After graduation, she will be attending Emory University’s Rollins School in Public Health to pursue her Masters in Public Health in Behavioral Sciences and Health Education.