Business Fellows Class of 2020

Number of applicants: 312
Number of students invited to interview: 131
Current number of first-year students in the program: 29
Average SAT score: 2005
Average high school GPA: 4.17

Meet the Fellows

Grayson Albers is from Ashburn, Va. He graduated from Broad Run High School, where he was active as the chapter president of the Future Business Leaders of America, and was involved in German Club, Global Ambassadors and the National Honor Society. He plans on majoring in international business because he enjoys learning about various cultures and how business is conducted around the world. He wants to continue studying German and may study other languages as well.  Some of his hobbies and interests include swimming, travelling, volunteering and entrepreneurship – he started his own business at age 12. Grayson is excited for the many great opportunities the Business Fellows program provides, including the trip to Abu Dhabi and Dubai. He is also excited to be a part of cohort of students who share similar interests, and looks forward to networking and creating lasting business relationships.

William Babcock grew up in Chapel Hill, N.C., where he graduated from Chapel Hill High School. In high school, he was a captain of the varsity men’s golf team, and served as a volunteer baseball coach for four years in the Carrboro Parks and Recreation program. He was a member of the National Technical Honor Society as well as the Chapel Hill YMCA’s Leaders Club. He intends to major in marketing in pursuit of a possible MBA post-graduation. Will chose to come to Elon due to the outstanding reputation of the Love School of Business and of the Business Fellows program. As a Fellow, he looks forward to learning more about how businesses are managed and how they interact with each other. He is excited to attend the annual trip to Dubai and learn about international businesses and how they compare to businesses within the United States.

Katie Barthelmess graduated Cum Laude from Principia Upper School in St. Louis, where she played on the varsity softball team, served as senior class president, managed the varsity baseball team and was stage manager for the annual school musical. At Elon, she plans to double major in finance and management with a minor in political science. She has a passion for leadership and hopes to be a CEO one day. Katie is grateful to have the opportunities that come with being a Business Fellow, and looks forward to studying abroad and getting to know the other fellows during her next four years at Elon. 

Braden Butkovich attended the International Academy of Macomb in Macomb, Mich., graduating with an International Baccalaureate diploma. He played varsity tennis and soccer, and was president of the Ski and Snowboard Club. Additionally, he represented his school in the High School Fed Challenge, winning first place in the state, while also participating in the SIFMA Foundation’s Stock Market Game and Model United Nations. Braden plans to major in finance and minor in economics, and looks forward to studying abroad with the Fellows cohort.

Katherine (Katie) Cohen is from Maryville, Tenn. In high school, she was a member of the National Honor Society, volunteered with the Blount County Youth Court, was part of numerous play productions, and coached 10-12-year-old girls in soccer. Katie enjoys staying active and being outdoors, and loves animals and travelling. She plans to major in marketing, and is very excited about the trips to Dubai and San Francisco/New York. She chose to come to Elon because of the great opportunities offered to Love School of Business students, the small class sizes, access to the professors and its beautiful campus.

Gavin Cutrino is from Haddonfield, N.J. In high school, he was president of the Interact Club, a member of the National Honor Society and was involved in Kids Alley as an after school tutor for underprivileged children. Additionally, Gavin was captain of the varsity lacrosse team during his junior and senior years. He intends on majoring in finance after hearing about his brother’s experiences as finance major. He chose Elon because of the great business school, the beautiful campus and the close relationship between faculty and students. He wanted to be a Business Fellow because it is an outstanding program that he expects to gain a lot from in the next four years. He is particularly looking forward to going to Dubai and learning about finance.

Alex Deberghes is a graduate of Xaverian Brothers High School in Westwood, Mass., where he was involved in ultimate frisbee, the Tea Club, the National Honor Society, and served as a manager at a concert venue for three years. Additionally, he completed a one-week service trip to Camden, N.J. His hobbies include long boarding and skiing on both water and snow. Alex plans on majoring in accounting, as he has a love for math and both his parents were accountants. He also plans on adding an economics major because he has always been fascinated by patterns in the economy. Alex chose Elon because of its rigorous academics and the other benefits that come with being a Business Fellow. He is excited for the opportunity to go abroad after only one semester, as no other schools offered opportunities that early on.

Noah Dworetsky was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, and moved to Lower Gwynedd, Penn. at the age of seven. Throughout high time at Wissahickon High School, Noah was a member of the tennis team, an officer of his school’s chapter of FBLA, co-captain of the academic quiz team and a member of the National Honor Society. Noah also volunteered at a local retirement home for many years, assisting the home’s elderly residents. Noah will be majoring in finance at Elon, and hopes to continue to learn about the business world through the Business Fellows program.

Julia Eckert is from Yardley, Penn. In high school, she was a peer mentor and the historian of the Science National Honor Society. She was a member of the Community Service Club, the math team and Mu Alpha Theta mathematics honor society. Julia likes to dance and do volunteer work, and plans on double majoring in economics and finance. She chose to come to Elon because the Business Fellows program presents amazing opportunities that allow her to travel, be challenged and gain real-world experience that will help her be successful in her field. She looks forward to working with the cohort and participating in internships and undergraduate research.

Elena Elliott grew up in Westfield, N.J. and attended the Academy for Information Technology, a competitive, career-based high school in which all classes are taught at the honors and AP levels. She was a two-time team captain for her varsity softball team, the editor of the yearbook, a class representative on student council, a competitive member of Future Business Leaders of America chapter, a peer tutor, a Girl Scout, and a member of both the National Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society. This summer, Elena had an internship at BWG Strategy, a consulting company that organizes roundtable discussions between CxOs of corporations to discuss market trends in various sectors. When she is not working, Elena enjoys traveling, attending sporting events, boating, skiing and staying active. Elena intends to major in finance with either a second major or a minor in accounting. She chose to attend Elon University because of its high academic standards and its impressive study abroad program. She applied to be a Business Fellow because the program is an excellent networking opportunity, and she looks forward to traveling abroad with her Fellows class to Dubai this Winter Term.

Libby Grimond is originally from London, England, but moved to Sarasota, Fla. at the age of 12. In high school, she was a member of the National Honor Society, a varsity cheerleader and a National Spanish Competition winner. She intends to double major in marketing and finance, but is still exploring other options. She came to Elon because of its amazing academics, friendly family-like feel and the opportunity to be part of the incredible Fellows program. She looks forward to traveling with the group and being able to work together closely throughout the four years.

Sam Jimenez was born in Monterey, Mexico, spent time in Chicago, and ultimately moved to Cobham, a suburb of London in the United Kingdom, where he graduated from ACS Cobham International School. In high school, he was a member of the varsity basketball, cross-country and track and field teams. Durhing his junior year, he was a member of the Namibia team, which involved fundraising throughout the year and then completing a month-long service trip helping impoverished schools and orphanages in Namibia. Sam completed additional international service trips as a member of Young Life. Additionally, he completed the bronze and silver levels of Duke of Edinburgh, requiring commitment to skill, sport and volunteering, and culminating in a hiking expedition. He intends to continue his involvement in sport and service at Elon. Sam is double majoring in finance and computer science due to his love for math, economics and computers. He chose to come to Elon as a Business Fellow because of the strong business school and his experiences visiting his older brother, a senior Honors Fellow. He looks forward to the program’s numerous study abroad trips, capstone project and career development opportunities.

Jack Kane is from Berlin, Conn. After attending Xavier High School for three years he moved to Tampa, Fla., and graduated from George M. Steinbrenner High School. In high school, Jack was involved in the Ryken Service Society, National Honor Society and varsity athletics. Jack was also one of The First Tee's national scholars, and was selected for multiple prestigious academies, including The Nature Valley First Tee Open, for his personal values and golf prowess. In his free time Jack enjoys managing his businesses and volunteering at his local First Tee chapter. Jack plans to double major in finance and economics with the intent of entering the investment banking industry.

Alexander Mancoll graduated from Cape Henry Collegiate High School in Virginia Beach, Va., where he was a Global Scholar and a member of the varsity golf team. He has a passion for music and was a member of his school’s choral ensemble, traveling abroad to perform as well as earning the honor of performing at Carnegie Hall. Additionally, Alexander was a member of the National Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society. He is passionate about entrepreneurship and travel, and is looking forward to the opportunity to study abroad with the Business Fellows. He plans on double majoring in international business and finance.

Dana Pajk is a graduate from Dublin Coffman High School in Dublin, Ohio. She was a member of the varsity field hockey and track and field teams and was a captain of her field hockey team during her senior year. Dana was also student council class president, an officer in National Honor Society, a peer in Coffman Connections and part of the Freshman Mentor Program. She plans on majoring in marketing because of her passions for being creative and collaborating with others. Her favorite classes in high school were IB Spanish and AP Environmental Science, so she hopes to pursue minors in those fields as well. Dana is looking forward to being a Business Fellow and a student at Elon because of the great opportunities, learning experiences and study abroad programs offered.

Nicole Papadopoulos is from Gaithersburg, Md., and graduated from Wootton High School. She started on the state-finalist varsity field hockey team, was a member of the National Honor Society and completed over 250 hours in community service throughout high school. Over the summer, Nicole worked as both a lifeguard and a hostess at a local restaurant. At Elon, she is excited to continue her community service and take advantage of the study abroad programs offered. She plans to major in marketing, and looks forward to gaining experience through internships and building valuable connections during her time as a Business Fellow.

Nicole Parisi is from Rehoboth, Mass., where she attended Bishop Feehan High School. In high school, she was a part of the varsity swim team for four years and was captain her senior year. She was a member of the National Honor Society along with the Mathematics, History, English, and Science Honor Societies. Her love for community service stemmed from her junior and senior year involvement tutoring middle school students. She loves to travel and meet new people, and plans to major in marketing at Elon. She is excited to be a Business Fellow, and grateful for the amazing opportunities this program will provide.

Lauren Ramos is from St. Louis, and graduated from Westminster Christian Academy with a Scholar’s Diploma and high honors. In high school, she served as president of the Student Ambassadors and was the print editor for the newspaper. She was on the varsity dance team, a member of the National Honor Society and participated in volunteer work around her area. She enjoys traveling internationally, and has spent time teaching English to students in Dénia, Spain. At Elon, she plans to double major in accounting and finance, and looks forward to taking advantage of all the opportunities that Elon and the Business Fellows program have to offer.

Hannah Rosetti grew up in Beverly, Mass., and is a graduate of Beverly High School, where she was an active member of her class, participating in clubs, sports teams and other extracurricular activities. She played soccer and softball, ran indoor track and danced competitively. Hannah was a member of the National Honor Society, Key Club, Best Buddies, and was a founder of Beverly’s first-ever Relay for Life event in May 2016. For three years, Hannah volunteered with North Shore Rovers, a Special Olympics of Massachusetts chapter dedicated to teaching children with special needs how to play soccer. On weekends, she spent her time coaching youth soccer teams, refereeing in the local soccer league and assisting at her dance studio. She held jobs at Creation Station Preschool as a teaching assistant in their summer program, as well as Pride’s Crossing Confections, a local confectionary company in her hometown. For most of her high school career, Hannah was a leader in the DECA program to which she credits her love of business and desire to major in marketing. Through DECA, she was given the opportunity to create an advertising campaign for Michael Kors as a junior, as well as design her own public relations campaign, entitled Be Your Self(ie), aimed at increasing the self-esteem and self-confidence of the eighth grade girls in her city. It was through her marketing teacher and mentor that she heard about Elon University, and she is grateful to have been accepted not only to the university, but to the Business Fellows program as well. She is looking forward to being a part of the Fellows program, and is eager to see what life at Elon holds for her.

Brooke Sankey grew up in Charlotte, N.C., and graduated from Providence Day School. Throughout most of high school she participated in competitive cheerleading as well as track and field. In addition, she was a member of National Honor Society, Students of Service, and Students for South Africa. Due to her interest in consumer consumption, she intends to major in marketing and minor in psychology. Brooke is very excited to learn more about these fields of studies during her time as a Business Fellow at Elon. Since she was 11-years-old, which was when her oldest brother began attending Elon, she has felt a sense of belonging whenever she stepped foot on Elon's campus. This continued for the next five years up until her second oldest brother and her cousin graduated in 2013. When it was time for her to start applying for colleges, she knew exactly where she wanted to attend after seeing the success and drive that Elon instilled in both her brothers and cousin. She is more than excited to be a part of the Elon community, take part in volunteer opportunities, and make new friends.

Brett Scott is a graduate of Northwestern Lehigh High School in New Tripoli, Penn. He participated in varsity soccer, the science team, Future Business Leaders of America, club soccer and Relay for Life, all while working at the Philly Pretzel Factory. In his free time, Brett enjoys exercising, intelligent conversation and relaxing with friends. He is planning on majoring in economics, as it is a subject that interests him and gives him flexibility beyond his bachelor’s degree. The Business Fellows program is part of the reason he decided to come to Elon, along with the academic reputation and beautiful campus. The cohort of intelligent like-minded fellows drew him to the school and motivates him to be better.

Danielle Shander is from Cary, N.C., and is a recent graduate of Cary Academy. Throughout high school, Danielle played on the varsity volleyball team, where she was a captain in her senior year. She was inducted into the National Honor Society and was vice president of SADD. In addition, she was part of the Beta Club, where she volunteered with organizations such as Special Olympics and the Trilogy School, where she worked as a volunteer teacher for elementary school children with disabilities. She plans to major in marketing because she loves how marketing combines aspects of business and psychology to determine effective advertising strategies and to analyze social and product trends. Danielle was drawn to Elon and the Business Fellows program because of all of the learning experiences and internship opportunities that the school offers. She also looks forward to studying abroad in the coming years, as traveling is one of her passions.

Jamie Spelling is from the small town of Woodcliff Lake, N.J. She was the captain of her high school’s varsity volleyball team as well as the president of her school’s chapter of Becca’s Closet—a club dedicated to collecting and donating prom dresses to less fortunate high school girls. Jamie was a member of the National Honor Society and the managing editor of her school newspaper, the Trailblazer. She intends to major in marketing with a minor in communications to develop a business mindset while also building the necessary skills to effectively communicate these learnings to the rest of the world. She wants to eventually start her own business so she can be in control of what she can offer to society. She is in the process of creating a mobile application, therAPPeutic, which will allow struggling teens to communicate with counselors via text. She is thrilled to be a part of both the Business Fellows program and Elon University as a whole. Jamie is looking forward to all of the resources that will be at her fingertips to make her time at Elon as impactful as possible.

Kaleigh Studdert is from Southbury, Conn., and graduated from Pomperaug High School. In high school, Kaleigh balanced her time between sports, clubs and service. Kaleigh participated in her school’s swim and outdoor track and field teams, was treasurer of the National Honor Society, publicity coordinator for the Student Government and the secretary for her town’s Juniorettes Service Organization. For the past two years, Kaleigh has worked as a lifeguard at the Edgewood Pool Club and acted as a liturgical reader at her church. Kaleigh cannot wait for all of the opportunities that the Business Fellows program has to offer. Most specifically, she is excited to study abroad, intern, form business connections and gain valuable knowledge and skills in and out of the classroom. At Elon, Kaleigh will major in marketing due to her creative passion and love for communication.

Michael Thomas was born in Kent, England, where he lived for nine years until he moved to Cary, N.C. Throughout high school, he was involved in several clubs and activities that were influential in shaping who he is today. He was a member of student council for three years, acting as the student body vice president his senior year. He participated in a marketing organization all four years he was in high school and became the recruitment and marketing chairperson his junior and senior year. Michael is currently undecided on his major, as he wanted to come into college with an open mind for all the different business fields and learn throughout his experience in class which one he enjoys the most. He chose to come to Elon because it was the best combination of all the different aspects he was looking for in college. The soccer program, education, campus, classroom size, and location all aligned with what he wanted. The addition of being a Business Fellow added even more incentive as he believes it is an honor and prestigious opportunity to challenge himself. As a Business Fellow, he is looking forward to spending four amazing years with the other fellows and to having the chance to study abroad. He is also already involved as a member of the soccer team. Between the fellows program and soccer he is already extremely busy, but very excited for an amazing four years to come.

Kevin Wiles is from Cary, N.C. He played golf throughout high school, serving as captain his junior and senior years and receiving an all-conference designation three separate years. His freshman year he founded a non-profit golf association where junior golfers could play competitively in the Prestonwood, North Carolina area. He worked for two years at Prestonwood Country Club, starting as a bus boy and later began working in the kitchen and as a server. Additionally, he volunteered for the First Tee of the Triangle, helped teach 7-10-year-old kids golf and life long skills, and donates blood. His hobbies include golf and volleyball. Kevin plans on majoring in finance with a minor in marketing. He has an interest in the stock market and investments, as well as in sales and working with people. He chose Elon because of the opportunities the university and the Business Fellows program provides. He is looking forward to traveling to Dubai in January with the cohort.

Haley Zee is from Ashland, Mass., and graduated from Ashland High School as an AP Scholar with Distinction. She was a four-year varsity volleyball player and a captain her senior year. She co-founded the Ashland High School Make-A-Wish Club to support the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Serving as president, Haley organized several fundraising events that raised over $8,000 in less than a year-and-a-half to grant a child’s wish. She also helped coordinate a four-day service trip to participate in “Give Kids The World” at the foundation’s Florida village. Additionally, Haley was a co-founder of the Ashland High School American Red Cross Club, a member of National Honor Society, a People-to-People leadership ambassador and an Ashland High School senior peer leader. At Elon, Haley plans to major in marketing. She is excited for the opportunity to study abroad and gain internship exposure as a Business Fellow.