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Malik Wilson is an always-smiling redshirt junior linebacker for the UCA Bears football team. His childhood is pretty similar to that of other college athletes — he started young. Getting his first taste of the game of football at age 4 in his home state of Alabama, Wilson began to love the game.

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Sophomore Jenny Chokbengboun enjoys her time working with UCA intramurals. She embraces the easy-going feel of intramural sports. (photo courtesy of Taylor Blair)

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 UCA sophomore Jenny Chokbengboun is Alpha Sigma Alpha sorority’s intramural chair —  meaning she coordinates various intramural games and manages her sorority’s intramural teams. 

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Junior defensive tackle Caden Brown loves football, sushi, and most importantly, his family. Growing up in Dardanelle, Arkansas in a tight-knit, athletic family with two sisters and one football-playing brother, Brown was inspired to get into sports.

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Sophomore defensive lineman Caden Brown has three tackles so far for the Bears this season. In high school, Brown as 4A All-State in 2015 and 2016 and was named to the 2015 All-USA Arkansas team. (photo by Lauren McLemore)

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 “Senior Joseph “J.W.” Jones hopes to become a nurtionist or personal trainer after college. Jones, originally from, Lousiana, played football in high school before joining the UCA Bears football team.” (photo by Lauren McLemore)

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Seen in multiple UCA football promotional images wearing a mask vaguely similar to that of Jason from “Friday the 13th” while in full uniform, senior Joseph “J.W.” Jones is far from scary. While he may bring the adrenaline when running the field, his heart for his hometown sets him apart off…

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Adjusting to the challenge of college track, freshman Z’kiah Kuykendall is seeing it through and is up for the task.

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Freshman Z’kiah Kuykendall surrounded with her many medals won throughout her time at Gosnell High School. In her time there, she was a member of the basketball, track and cheerleading teams.

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Freshman track and field athlete Luke Anthony stands in front of Bernard Hall after track and field practice April 11. Luke has participated in track as a decathlete this year, contributing to UCA’s success in both indoor and outdoor season.

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Freshman Luke Anthony attended UCA on a track and field scholarship in 2018. Anthony is from Atlanta, Texas, where he spent seven years of his childhood on the track, and sometimes on the field.

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Senior Shelby Hogue uses her dance passion to destress and to learn how to work with a wide range of people. She has been a member of the Honey Bears for four years and is content with the time commitment that comes with the dance team.

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Senior pitcher Cody Davenport stands on the mound after practice April 1 in Bear Stadium. Cody pitched seven games this season and helped lead the Bears to a 6-6 Southland Conference record.

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Sophomore Grant Southerland has managed to adapt to track and field after spending the last three semesters on UCA’s baseball team. Southerland has kept himself steady despite the injuries he’s sustained in his athletic career and looks to make a mark in his second sport on campus.