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Every year, Weber State students work hard to achieve their goals. Some face obstacles like finances, or switching career tracks later in life, but they always find a way to persevere. Many go on to become inspirational alumni who continue to strive for excellence and create a better world. These Ever Upward stories highlight the grit and tenacity of our students. They show what it takes to pursue their dreams despite the obstacles — and the dedication it takes to complete that journey.

Patrick Luo

Athletic Therapy

A WSU grad/high-achieving student who learned to prioritize his mental health, not just academic success.

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Tawna Halbert

Dance Education

Weber State alum uses dance to heal and unite.

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Tawnie Moore


Olympic dreams inspire area track coach.

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JC Sessions


Attending WSU is a family tradition for the Sessions.

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Daniel Wright Jr.


Family inspires graduate on and off the field.

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Yuqi Liu

Business Administration

WSU grad turned recruiter receives Crystal Crest award for painting.

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Cory Britton

Computer Science

First-generation college student goes from shy to successful.

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Jennifer Morales


A first-generation junior exemplifies International Day of Women and Girls in Science.

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Brian Maynard


Family ties inspire nursing student’s journey to success.

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Janae Thomas

Construction Management

WSU graduate makes a name for herself in construction.

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Pete Sands


Time Magazine honors WSU alumnus for volunteer work with the Navajo Nation.

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Timber Erickson


WSU senior takes his skills outside of the classroom to make Utah wildlife safer.

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Karen Valdez


Communication graduate goes above and beyond for local charity and receives award.

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Mindy Robert


WSU nursing student recognized nationally for developing an adaptive yoga course. Namaste for all!

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Raul Torres

Criminal Justice | ROTC

From tragedy to triumph, death of a loved one compels student to complete education.

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Anna Robbins


Student returns to WSU over and over to further their education.

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Shiyenne Yazzi

Radiologic Sciences

The WSU Radiologic Sciences Outreach Program is more than just an education for this student.

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Armand Berry

Physical Education

Survivor inspired to pursue their dreams at WSU.

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Tammy McCray


’CATapult Scholarship gets student to graduation day.

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Rodrigue Kissou


Student leaves Africa to find open arms and unexpected success at WSU.

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Yu-Jane Yang

Arts & Humanities

Keyboard studies professor honored by the Music Teachers National Association.

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Gabi Butler

Spirit Squad

WSU's Spirit Squad sees a famous face.

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Gabriela Rosas Calderon


Dreams of being a teacher become a reality thanks to Utah Jazz scholarship.

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Shawn McGrath

Geology & Anthropology

Former Apache pilot majors in reinvention.

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Romy Ingram

Community Education Center

WSU’s English as a Second Language program helps entrepreneur kickstart sewing business.

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Aerial Martinez

Early Childhood/Elem Ed

WSU student puts it all into inspiring children.

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Tori Schaffer


Chemistry and forensic science make a perfect pair for this master’s student.

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