Meet the freshman
Communications Fellows

  Each spring, a select group of high school seniors who will be enrolling at Elon the following fall are chosen to become Communications Fellows. 2003 Freshman communications students who are members of this group agreed to supply a bit of biographical background. Here, you can meet the new Fellows:

Kelly Robison is from Glen Allen, Va. She expects to major in communications with an emphasis in broadcasting. "Elon offers a world of opportunities, of which I am going to take full advantage," she says. Robison says she plans to study abroad next year. Her likely destination is Australia. She is shooting to earn an internship at CMT (Country Music Television), located in Nashville, Tenn. You may have seen her perform at halftime of Phoenix football games; she is the featured baton twirler for Elon.

Andrew High is from Durham, N.C. He was sports editor of his high school paper. He has already begun writing for The Pendulum, covering Elon sports, and says he looks forward to working with other Elon media. He is also joining the Elon chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. "This seems like a place where I can get a lot of good experience," he said. "Elon is such a great place academically and socially."

Mike Vivenzio is from Raleigh, N.C. He is orginally from the New York, New Jersey area. He plans to double major in Communications with a Broadcasting emphasis and in Journalism and minor in Business Administration. He says he hopes to work at ESPN one day as an anchor on "Sports Center." He was the sports editor for his high school's newspaper. While at Elon he is hoping to have his own sports-oriented television and radio shows.


Elizabeth Colquitt is from Kingsport, Tenn. She was editor of her high school yearbook. Her major at Elon is Journalism combined with either pre-med or a double major in international relations. She plans to use her journalism degree to convey information about her second field to the public, possibly as a featured columnist in a news magazine. "I want to be a specialized writer, and I think Elon will really prepare me for whatever I decide to do," she says. Colquitt also plans to study abroad in Italy.

Michelle Tufts
is from Symmes Township, Ohio. She expects to major in Communications with an emphasis in broadcast and a Political Science minor. Her career goal is to be an on-camera reporter and work her way up to anchoring one of the "Big Three" networks' nightly newscasts. She expects to study abroad while at Elon. "I can't wait to experience all that Elon has to offer," she says. "My dream internship would be with NBC News in Washington D.C.; I want to get inside the White House."

Jason Spinos is from Midlothian, Va. He is an aspiring actor and filmmaker. He has performed in over a dozen theatrical productions and as an extra in the HBO film "Iron-Jawed Angels." He has been making short films for the last few years, including a music video for his high school chorus department. While at Elon, he plans to intern in Los Angeles or in New York.


Leanne Jernigan is from San Antonio, Texas. She was editor of her high school newspaper and played on the varsity tennis team. She served as a teen adviser for the local San Antonio newspaper several years, giving input and writing guest columns. She expects to major in Journalism. "I am so excited to be a Communications Fellow," she said. "The opportunities Elon has to offer me are great." She plans to travel abroad and study journalism in different countries. "I can't wait to get a summer internship in a big city such as New York."

Shantia Stanley is from Kinston, N.C. She was active in many groups in high school, volunteered at a nearby hospital and was goalie on her varsity soccer team. She enjoys public speaking, and competed in several local, regional and state competitions. "Being chosen to be a Journalism and Communications Fellow is extremely exciting for me." she said. "When I came for the interview, I would have never thought that I would be chosen!" Her goal is to be a news broadcaster and someday work for CNN, ABC or BET.

Ashley Feibish is from Richmond, Va. "At this point, I plan to major in corporate communications," she said, "but I am also exploring the possibility of majoring in journalism." She was the co-editor of her high school yearbook and wrote articles for her high school newspaper. She says she would like to do an internship at a fashion magazine such as Glamour. She expects to study abroad - possibly in Elon's London program.

Kristin Tremoulis is from Lima, Ohio. She expects to major in Corporate Communications, but she also said, "I have so many interests that I could also see myself producing or writing." In addition to her activities as a Communications Fellow and student, she represents the Phoenix on the women's golf team. She plans to be involved in as much as she can while attending Elon. "I would love to have an internship with the PGA, and I very much want to study abroad," she said.

Kelly Jeffrey is from Caldwell, N.J. She says she has always known she'd go into the field of communications due to her talkative and outgoing nature. In high school, she was involved with both the school newspaper and yearbook, but she plans to focus on broadcasting here at Elon. Her dream internship would be with MTV. "I'm excited to be a communications fellow at Elon," she said. "I've already learned so much from the other fellows, and I'm excited to continue learning about communications, here and hopefully abroad."

Stevie Kloeber is from a suburb of St. Paul, Minn. Throughout her three years in high school, she participated on the studio production team, and during her senior year she worked as producer of the Minnesota High School Quiz Bowl League, which aired on local public-access stations throughout the Twin Cities. She is majoring in Communications with a concentration in Film. "I want to make films that depict the culture of Minnesota that has developed from its history," she said.

Kyle Drexler is from Charlotte, N.C. As a student, he directed short films, made a documentary covering competitive videogaming, and edited/produced tracks for local musical talent. Over the summer, he worked at his school district's telecommunications building as an assistant web designer. "At Elon, I hope to expand my knowledge of filming techniques, and audio editing," he said. "I'd also like to gain experience in the role of art director. My dream internship would be to travel with a film crew in Europe."

Jillian Baer is from Dublin, Ohio. She produced a morning TV show for the 2,000 students at her high school and also produced a bi-weekly high school news magazine show that received the Crystal Communicator Award three consecutive years. A Broadcast major at Elon, she works with the "Touchdown Phoenix Football"
TV program. "It is so great to have so many opportunities so early in my college career," she said. "I can't wait to get involved with internships and the study abroad program."


Laura Hersh is from Cleveland, Ohio. In high school, she helped create a music video, short film and documentary. The documentary was entered in a national competition. She will major in Communications with an emphasis in film at Elon. "I can't wait to get involved in the media here at Elon," she said. "I see it as practice for the day I work on major motion pictures." She will also minor in Spanish and she hopes to use the language to her advantage as she pursues a competitive career in the world of mass media.


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Last Modified:  9/19/03
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