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Honors Congress

2023 Officer Board



Alysha Irvin


Alysha is a third year double majoring in mechanical engineering and biomedical sciences with a minor in computer science. This summer she will be taking classes and interning with the Department of Defense. She's looking forward to seeing everyone in the fall (or summer for incoming freshmen)!



Brianna Bergman

Vice President

Brianna is a third year health science major planning to apply to Physician Assistant school after graduating. Over the summer she will be scribing in an Oncology unit at Orlando Health. In her spare time she enjoys kayaking, hiking, and watching shows like Saiki K.



Uma Sriram


Uma is a second year student from Detroit, Michigan. She is majoring in Biomedical Sciences and minoring in Women and Gender Studies. She hopes to attend medical school and become an OB/GYN. This summer, Uma will be studying abroad in Barcelona and traveling all around the world. She is excited to visit her family and learn about new cultures!



Archana Ram


Archana is a second year student majoring in Biomedical Sciences and minoring in Religion and Cultural Studies. Over the summer, she will be studying abroad in Jaipur, India as part of the Critical Language Scholarship Program.



Rachel Leiner

Membership Coordinator

Rachel is a third year currently studying Computer Science. She has been in HonCon since her freshman year and is excited to continue her involvement as the Membership Coordinator. She’s been learning American Sign Language (ASL) for the past 2 years and has been a TA for ASL 1 and 2 for a year now. She hopes to continue to learn about and advocate for the deaf population and would love to share the language with anyone interested! Her hobbies include crocheting and playing video games and can’t wait to get to know everyone better!


Megan Bailey

Director of Academic Affairs

Megan is a first year student studying Computer Engineering with a minor in Music. She loves hiking, crocheting, reading, and playing video games. This summer, she will be continuing in her role as a Software Engineering Intern at Lockheed Martin here in Orlando. In her free time, you'll find her at the beach, at the gym, or catching a good movie!


Gabriella Battenfield

Director of Social Affairs

Gabby is a second year Entertainment Management major from Winter Garden, FL. She is also pursuing an Economics minor and a Theme Park and Attraction Management certificate. This summer, she will be serving as an Honors Orientation Ambassador and will be taking time to explore new locations around Florida.


Gabrielle Pariag

Director of Cultural Affairs

Gabrielle is a first year studying computer science. Over the summer, Gabrielle will continue her studies at UCF while working part-time to improve her savings. She also loves to explore nature, and has several backpacking and camping trips planned for the break.


Heidi Rivera

Director of Volunteer Affairs

Heidi is a third year student from San Juan, Puerto Rico double majoring in English - Creative Writing and Film with a certificate in Editing and Publishing. Over the summer, she’ll be working as an Honors Orientation Ambassador, taking classes, visiting Puerto Rico, and writing and directing a short film or two. She can’t wait to see everyone at HonCon events in the fall!


Natalie Otero

Director of Campus Involvement

Natalie is a Accounting major with a minor in Computer Science. She is a member of the class of 2026. She looks forward to visiting Honduras over the summer before returning for her summer classes.


Katherine Brown

Director of Fundraising

Katie is a third year biology major on the pre-health track. Over the summer she will finish her position as a research assistant in the UCF Attention and Memory Lab, then join her family in North Carolina where she will work as a program assistant in a federal child development center.


August Druzgal

Director of Publications & Marketing

August is a third year Computer Science major from western Michigan. Outside of Honors Congress, he is a software engineering intern at General Dynamics Mission Systems and a teaching assistant. In his free time, August enjoys writing code for personal projects, cooking, and wandering around the UCF campus looking for ducks.


Annalee (AJ) Johnson


AJ is a second year Film major from Leonardtown, Maryland with minors in Asian Studies and Business. She has served as an Honors Symposium Team Leader and currently works as a student assistant at the Office of Prestigious Awards. Outside of the Honors College, AJ is involved in the Chinese American Student Association, Sparks Magazine, and the Lights, Camera, Action! student filmmaking club. In her free time, AJ enjoys photography, trying new places to eat, and going to the movies! She is looking forward to documenting Honors Congress’ year as your 2023 Historian!


Salika Vummarao

Relay For Life Team Captain

Salika Vummarao is currently a second year at UCF majoring in Biomedical Sciences and minoring in Women's and Gender Studies. Salika is looking forward to this next Fall with Honors Congress! Until then, she'll be back home in the Bay Area, CA for the summer.


Sasmeta Giriraj

Knight-Thon Team Captain

Sasmeta is a second year student from Shrewsbury, Massachusetts majoring in Molecular and Cellular Biology with a minor in Health Sciences. This summer, Sasmeta will be spending her time back home shadowing dentists and volunteering for her community. She’ll also be traveling to India for a month to meet her relatives and explore new cities there!

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