Meet the Class of 2020 Leadership Fellows

Faith Antonek grew up in Chester, NJ and graduated from Mendham High School, but recently moved to Carolina Beach, NC. Faith rode horses in high school in addition to her school involvements. She was a member of National Honor Society, Future Business Leaders of America, and Alliance for Accepting and Understanding. Faith is passionate about fighting domestic violence, and began a support group for those in abusive relationships in her high school. Faith also spends a week every summer volunteering in the Guatemala City garbage dump. At Elon, she is a psychology major with minors in neuroscience, leadership studies, and entrepreneurship. So far she is involved in Amnesty International, She Can Lead, Elon Animal Protection Alliance, as well as volunteering with Family Abuse Services. She plans to study abroad one winter term in India and one semester in a South American country. Faith’s passion for leadership and service is inherent in her goal to start a nonprofit that provides psychological services to those in need. She is excited for all of the opportunities that Elon has to provide as well as being a Leadership Fellow.

“Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.” –Martin Luther King Jr.

Timothy Boles, better known as Tim, was born and raised in Wayne, IL. Although Tim can't sing he enjoys spending his time jamming out to the radio, babysitting and is a self-proclaimed cat lover. He graduated from St. Charles East High School in 2016. At St. Charles East, he was a member of both National Honor Society and Business Honors Society. He was an advisor of a mentorship program offered through the school called Peer Leadership; this program helped incoming freshman to acclimate to their new surroundings. He was a member of Student Council all four years and was vice president of his senior class. Tim played tennis at St. Charles East all four years and was captain of the varsity team his senior year. Tim was most involved in Hope Club during high school. This club focused on suicide and bullying prevention. He assisted in the fundraising and promotion of Hope’s first annual 5k run. He volunteered at the local children's summer camp where he taught kids to play tennis and became a master at freeze tag. He also volunteered at the local middle school as a tutor where he quickly learned that middle school math is much harder than he remembered. Since 2011, Tim has partnered with a local charity in his hometown, Becca’s LEG-acy, which donates toys to children with cancer, a cause near and dear to his heart. Tim is considering majoring in global and international studies. Also, he is currently a member of the Center for Leadership team, She Can Lead, and Colleges Against Cancer.

“Follow your passion. Be yourself, but check yourself before you wreck yourself.” –Andy Cohen

Emily Bozadjian was raised in Medfield, MA along with her two older sisters, Rachel and Bryce. She attended Medfield High School where she was involved in several organizations. Emily played trumpet in both marching band and concert band, serving as a trumpet section leader for three years, and as drum major and president her senior year. She was a member of Harmony, her high school's gay-straight alliance club, for four years and became co-president her junior and senior year. Emily joined her school's drama club her sophomore year, serving as secretary her senior year, and creating and running a public Facebook page for the organization. She wrote and directed a skit for the winter show, and played the role of the evil stepmother in her final musical, Cinderella. Emily was inducted into the National Honor Society her junior year. She also was inducted into the Spanish Honor Society her sophomore year, serving as co-president both junior and senior year. Through this role she helped plan and run Spanish lessons for kids at the public library, as well as organize and volunteer at car washes to raise money for her school's Spain trip scholarship. Emily tutored Medfield Middle School students beginning her sophomore year, and spent her summers as a camp counselor on Cape Cod. She hopes to find her passion at Elon and use that to fuel her life and career.

"A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd." –Max Lucado

Haley Brengartner was born and raised in Cleveland, OH where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Strongsville high school. In high school she found herself in executive leadership positions in many organizations including National Honor Society, DECA, student government, and a peer mentoring program. Before her senior year of high school she decided to pursue her captains license as she embarked on a gap program called Sea|Mester. Through this program Haley had the opportunity to sail 4500 nautical miles from the British Virgin Islands to Nice, France. This opportunity blessed her with not only travel experience but a passion for open water sailing she will have the rest of her life. At Elon she has found herself in the International Business Club, Habitat for Humanity, and on the Club Fishing and golf team. During her time here she will be pursuing an independent studies major focusing on international business, Chinese and marketing.

“To each there comes in their lifetime a special moment when they are figuratively tapped on the shoulder and offered the chance to do a very special thing, unique to them and fitted to their talents. What a tragedy if that moment finds them unprepared or unqualified for that which could have been their finest hour.” –Winston Churchill

Rachel Brown grew up in Mount Laurel, NJ. She graduated from Moorestown Friends School in 2016. While attending Moorestown Friends Rachel was involved in a plethora of activities.  When it came to sports she was captain of the field hockey team and manager of the swim team. She completed her Capstone and earned a High Pass, by writing and publishing a children’s book on the 1920s in New Jersey and later presenting her work to a panel of faculty along with an audience of over 50 people. Rachel earned both her bronze and silver award in Girl Scouting and finally graduated from the program after 12 years of active membership. In high school Rachel served as a servant leader and graduated with over 400 hours of service.  On the weekends Rachel could often be found at Fantastic Friends Volunteering (a social group of teens and tweens with intellectual disabilities). Rachel went on many service trips. She also served as secretary and later as clerk of Service Committee. Rachel was an avid member of her schools Animal Awareness Club. She practiced her debate skills for two years as a delegate for the Moorestown Friends School Model UN class, attending and participating in a total of five conferences. Throughout her lateral years of high school she found a passion for marketing and the world of communications; Rachel competed in the Foxtrot Business Competition for two years earning honorable mention one year and second place the following year. She attended several workshops at Breaking In, a camp to allow students to gain a better understanding of the field of communications. During the summer of her junior year she worked at WRTI Radio Station helping write stories and attend press conferences. Rachel wrote for MFS WordsWorth, her school paper, as pop culture editor. For four summers she worked as a camp counselor and extended day coordinator for MFS Summer Scholars. Rachel is currently planning on majoring in strategic communications with minors in leadership studies and political science. She is currently working for the Center for Leadership as marketing coordinator and also works for the Admissions Center as a diversity ambassador and tour guide. She is excited to take advantage of all the opportunities Elon has to offer and grow as a person.

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” –Eleanor Roosevelt

Ryan Cranston grew up in Fairfax Station, VA, where he attended Trinity Christian School from third grade until graduation. During high school, Ryan was the captain of the basketball, cross country, and track teams, earning all-conference and all-state honors in those sports. Off the field, Ryan served in Phoenix Rising Ministry at his church where he would make and deliver meals to the homeless in northern Virginia. Additionally, Ryan held leadership positions in his church's youth group and in his high school's Fellowship of Christian Athletes Club. At Elon, Ryan is majoring in sport and event management with minors in statistics, leadership studies, and business administration. On campus, Ryan takes part in Campus Outreach, Intervarsity, and Club Basketball. After Elon, Ryan hopes to coach basketball or work with data analytics for a collegiate or professional basketball organization.

"Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection, we can catch excellence." –Vince Lombardi

Susan Derasmo was born in Long Island, NY and raised in Cream Ridge, NJ. In high school, Susan held several leadership positions, ranging from public relations officer for her high school's National Honor Society to coordinator of her senior class trip to Walt Disney World and Universal Studios. Coordinating her senior class trip put her communication skills to the ultimate test, as she presented to the school district's Board of Education, her classmates, parents, and the principal and vice principals of her high school. She also collaborated with travel agents and her classmates to create a memorable and fun senior trip in the Happiest Place on Earth. Susan graduated from Allentown High School in Allentown, NJ as a member of the National Honor Society, History Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, English Honor Society and concert choir. She was a founding member of her high school’s Fashion Club, serving as vice president her junior and senior year. She served as vice president of both the History and Spanish Honor Societies, and the public relations officer of the National Honor Society. Susan was also a member of her high school’s women’s a cappella group, the Nightingales, and studied piano throughout high school. Susan served as the president of the LEO Club, a community service club, during both her junior and senior year. She continued her love for service when she attended Engage in July 2016, an Elon first-year summer experience. She will be attending Engage again this summer, serving as a facilitator in 2017. Already diving into Elon's vast opportunities for involvement, Susan is an active member of the Cinderella Project, Elon Volunteers!, and She Can Lead. She currently serves as the first-ever cheerleader chair for the 2017 ElonThon, a 24-hour dance marathon, and is a contributor to the Edge Magazine, Elon’s fashion and lifestyle magazine.

“Nothing is impossible. The word itself says, ‘I’m Possible!’’” –Audrey Hepburn

Derek Dzinich was born and raised in Juneau, AK, where he graduated from Juneau-Douglas High School with honors and the Science Department Award. Throughout his life, he has always had diverse interests, and this is evident through his high school involvement. In terms of leadership, his interest was first piqued when he was elected to his student council as a sophomore site council representative. In addition to assisting with the planning of all school events, he attended monthly site council meetings to advocate for student issues. The following year, he was elected student body vice president, and continued his student advocacy work as the student representative to the school board. During his senior year, he was elected student body president, and started a legislative action committee within his council. Due to the school’s close proximity to the capitol building, the committee was able to coordinate students to testify on various bills, and increased student voice significantly. Outside of student council, he served as the vice president of his school’s National Honor Society, and received a key to the city for his service as mayor for a day. Next, Derek was very active in his scientific community, and won both first and second place in his local science fair. Additionally, he has presented research at two international science fairs, and served as the A team captain for his school’s National Ocean Sciences Bowl team. During high school, Derek was also very involved in music. He has played classical piano for thirteen years, and played in his school jazz ensemble for the duration of his high school career. Beginning with his sophomore year, he was also selected as the pianist for the All Alaska Jazz Band, and received the spot for his junior and senior years as well. Learning from these experiences, he started his own trio and played frequently at restaurants and events in his community. Now that he has been selected to be a Leadership Fellow, he is extremely excited to advance his leadership potential and apply it around campus. In addition to fellows, he hopes to be involved in Model United Nations, Arabic Language Organization, and piano. In January of 2017, he will travel to Spain and Morocco, and looks forward to returning with a greater knowledge of Islamic culture, and the workings of monarchial countries.

“A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves.” –Lao Tzu

Caroline Enright grew up in Nashville, TN and graduated from Brentwood High School in 2016 with the James C. Parker Award. In high school, Caroline actively participated in her church youth group and held leadership positions in several clubs and organizations. She acted as her high school’s ambassador for the Be Nice anti-bullying campaign and was a member of both the National Honor Society and the National English Honors Society. Caroline also organized volunteers for the Special Olympics held every year at her high school. Most of Caroline’s time in high school was devoted to her role as the president of Best Buddies, a club working with people with disabilities. During her time at Elon, Caroline hopes to major in policy studies and is excited to participate in the wide range of Elon experiences. She is honored to be a Leadership Fellow and looks forward to the many campus organizations she will join. After college, Caroline hopes to work internationally with people with disabilities, using the skills and knowledge learned through her time at Elon.  

“A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves.” –Lao Tzu

Grace Hazlett is a first-year Leadership Fellow from Rockville, MD and a graduate of Walter Johnson High School. Along with being a member of Student Government and the National Honor Society, Grace played an active role in Walter Johnson’s Student Leadership Committee, helping her school raise over $35,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. After discovering her passion for writing during her sophomore year, Grace founded Walter Johnson’s Spoken Word Poetry Club and became heavily involved in her school’s literary magazine, serving as a staff writer, associate editor, and co-editor-in-chief. Outside of school, Grace served as the scholarship chair of an advisory council to Montgomery County’s Student Member of the Board of Education and helped facilitate a youth empowerment program for elementary school girls, teaching the young students about self-esteem, stress management, and social skills. At Elon, Grace is a member of both She Can Lead and Elon Animal Protection Alliance and is considering a major in political science.

“You have to be odd to be number one.” –Dr. Seuss

Angela Hunt grew up in Cedar Rapids, IA and graduated from Xavier High School. In high school, Angela was a member of National Honor Society, was the Spanish Honor Society treasurer, and attended the National Council on Youth Leadership. Additionally, her passion for art drove her to become Art Club president her senior year and create her own Facebook page for her photographs for which she was a finalist in a photography contest. Her dedication to her Catholic faith allowed her to lead retreats at her school, teach Children’s Liturgy to elementary students at her local church, and travel across the United States to advocate for issues about which she is passionate. She was also a member of her school’s cross country team and volleyball throughout high school. However, her real passion lies within service. She was a member of her high school’s Key Club where she received the Kiwanis Club Scholarship for her dedication towards service. Along with a select group of students, Angela established the Senior Service Committee where they worked to promote service throughout her entire school. Each month, the committee served a different organization on campus, ranging from local nursing homes to food pantries. Her favorite memory throughout her countless hours of service in high school was playing chair volleyball with the residents at Meth-Wick Nursing Home. At Elon University, Angela is active within Elon Volunteers! on the public relations team and an avid volunteer at the Boys and Girls Club. Angela holds several leadership roles on campus including Student Alumni Ambassador and a Servant Leader for Catholic Campus Ministry. She hopes to double major in human service studies and strategic communications in order to pursue her passion of helping others. She dreams of advocating for students in either a school setting or a non-profit organization.

“If your dreams don’t scare you, they aren’t big enough” –Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

Noor Irshaidat was born and raised in Amman, Jordan. Having four younger siblings forced her to develop her leadership skills at a young age, preparing her to be involved in multiple activities both in high school and college. In high school, Noor was Student Government president and was involved in the Healthy Food Club, Robotics Team, Research and Debate Team, and most enjoyably, Model United Nations. Through the Model United Nations, Noor had the opportunity to attend a conference in Istanbul, Turkey. Her formative experience in Turkey encouraged her to attend the “Global Young Leaders Conference” in Washington D.C and New York, which further improved her leadership skills. Community service is a huge aspect of Noor’s life – she spends more than 200 hours in service every year. During her senior year of high school, Noor coupled her interest in sports with her commitment to service when she founded a day camp for underprivileged orphans and recruited classmates to volunteer for the cause. At Elon, Noor still has not decided on a major, though she will definitely pursue a leadership studies minor as a Leadership Fellow. Noor has very diverse interests that she explores on campus. She is a member of the International Student Association, the Arabic Language Club, the Martial Arts Club, the Ballroom Dancing Club, and the Model United Nations Club. She is also a house ambassador for the Global Neighborhood and works with Elon Volunteers! often. Noor looks forward to exceling at Elon, and one day making a positive difference in the world.

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” –John Quincy Adams

Nathan Ross Jones was born in Warren, OH and graduated from Shawnee Mission Northwest High school while living in Lenexa, KS. In-between, he moved half dozen times, from Miami (Little Havana), FL to Kansas City, MO. He considers the geographic instability of his formative years as the necessary foundation to his positive world outlook. Nate is passionate about inclusiveness and social justice. Throughout high school, he was very involved in leadership and service. He’s been a No Kid Hungry youth ambassador since 2012, serving to engage peers from his local community through social media. Nate attended Kansas Boys State junior year, where he was awarded Outstanding Citizen and nominated for Boys Nation. He represented his peers as Student Body vice president during his senior year after serving positions with Student Council as freshman representative, sophomore class vice president and junior class president. During his time with Student Council, Nate organized and facilitated many events including Homecoming, Canned Food Drive, Adopt-a-Tot, Blood Drive, Dodgeball Tournament, School Garage Sale, and Halloween Carnival. Through STUCO he also had opportunities to serve as Student Advisory Board member to Gift of Life and work as a junior counselor at the annual Kansas Leadership Workshop for high school students, where he presented to delegates using his signature bowtie as a metaphor for leadership. Additionally at SMNW, he worked with Link Crew, assisting freshman with their adjustment from middle to high school; volunteered in local elementary schools with Cougars Care for Community and as a soccer referee with Kansas Special Olympics. He loves sports, especially soccer, and was captain of his high school team during his senior year, earning All-Conference Forward of the Year, Kansas All-State and Kansas City All-Metro honors. Nate’s creativity and desire for expression, both in writing and performing, was cultivated through slam poetry. He led SMNW to the 2016 finals in Louder Than A Bomb KC. His hobbies are travel, making new friends, watching movies and spending time with his little sisters, Peach and Bubba. As a double major in film studies and psychology, Nate hopes to combine his love of film with his enthusiasm for people, especially young adults, in healing and acceptance of themselves through cinema therapy.

“If you can’t find a place in this world, create your own.” –Danielle Knoll

Steven Klausner was born in Caracas, Venezuela but grew up in the small town of Plainview on the North Shore of Long Island, NY. During his high school career, he dabbled in a plethora of activities. Serving as a captain of his varsity high school tennis team and co-president of a local Jewish Youth Group, he has gained valuable experience in group collaboration and leadership. Additionally, he has been active within AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee) and has volunteered with numerous refugee resettlement organizations. He is an avid fan of the New York Knicks and Miami Dolphins. While at Elon, he has joined SGA and Hillel and he plans on joining Greek Life and Club Tennis in the spring. Finally, as an international economics/social poverty and justice studies double major, he has a strong interest in leadership, service, and is very excited join the cohort!

"I don't think of myself as a leader. I think of myself as a basketball coach who happens to lead a team." –Mike Krzyewski

Katherine Klinger is a psychology and human services double major from Atlanta, GA. In high school she was involved in sports medicine and student government. She was also the editor of her school's newspaper, treasurer of the National Honor Society, and ran a tutoring program. At Elon she participates in the Catholic Campus Ministry as a servant leader, EV!, College Republicans, and the service learning community. She also plans to join Greek Life in the spring.

"There is a strength, a power even, in understanding brokenness, because embracing our brokenness creates a need and desire for mercy, and perhaps a corresponding need to show mercy. When you experience mercy, you learn things that are hard to learn otherwise...You begin to recognize the humanity that resides in each of us." –Bryan Stevenson

Matt McCarthy grew up in Framingham, MA. He attended the Catholic Memorial School in Boston where he graduated with Magna Cum Laude honors. In addition to being vice president of his school’s National Honor Society, Matt pursued his passion for service throughout high school, traveling on mission trips to both the Dominican Republic and Cherokee Nation in Oklahoma. Through National Honor Society, Matt collaborated with his classmates to organize several blood drives and a school-wide clothes drive every Thanksgiving. For his senior service project, Matt worked alongside “A Shot For Life” CEO Mike Slonina to organize and run the first ever “Battle of the Badges,” a charity basketball game between the Boston Fire and Police Departments, with all proceeds going toward cancer research at Mass General Hospital. Matt played basketball, track, and volleyball in high school. He was two-year captain of the varsity volleyball team, a passion that he has carried to Elon where he is currently a member of the Men’s Club Volleyball executive board. Outside of school, Matt was an active member of his local youth group at St. George’s Parish, volunteering as a small group leader and helping organize service opportunities at both the Salvation Army and United Way. He plans to major in marketing, with a double minor in history and leadership studies, and looks forward to all the great opportunities that Elon has to offer!

“I have a theory that if you give 100% all of the time, somehow things will work out in the end.” –Larry Bird

Valerie Medlin is from Raleigh, NC. In high school, she was involved in Student Government, volleyball, basketball, refugee care, and service trips to Guatemala, Moldova and the Czech Republic. She has a love for teaching, dark chocolate, and travel. Here at Elon she is majoring in English and Spanish (as of now) with minors in leadership studies and Peace Corps prep. She hopes to one day teach English Second Language overseas.

"Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it’s thinking of yourself less." –C.S. Lewis

 

Karina Mehta grew up in Berkeley Heights, NJ and graduated from Newark Academy in 2016. In high school, she was an admissions ambassador and tour guide. She was also a peer leader and helped freshmen students in her high school have a smooth transition into high school. She was a PACS tutor in English and math for 5th graders. Karina was the president of Indian Club and an active member of the Relay for Life committee. She was also a part of the varsity girl’s soccer team and a member/captain of the girl’s varsity basketball team. Having a passion for adventure, she was able to pursue her love for both traveling and service as she traveled to Costa Rica on a service trip. Over Karina’s high school career she completed over 75 hours of community service. Karina hopes to be a pediatrician in the near future. She has continued to pursue her passions for medicine and helping others by volunteering and shadowing doctors at the local hospital and interning at a neuroscience lab. At Elon, Karina is a declared biology major with minors in business and leadership studies. Karina is involved in the Women's Club Soccer Team and is a part of Colleges Against Cancer. She continues to do what she loves as she continues her path at Elon.

"Don't be afraid to give up the good to go for the great." –John D. Rockefeller

Maggie Miniati came to Elon from her hometown in Barrington, RI. She quickly became interested in leadership while spending the majority of her time participating in athletic, academic and service extracurriculars. Through field hockey, Maggie learned about group dynamics that heavily translated into her life off the field, as well as discovering the importance of every individual from her position as the coxswain for the local club crew team. During her senior year in high school she was awarded the Presidential Community Service award and represented her school at the New England Student Leadership Conference. She served as the president of the Interact Club as well as vice president of the Student Council. From these positions she established close bonds to her peers and developed her passion for assisting members of the community. She acted as the president of the school’s Environmental Club during her junior and senior year, coordinating initiatives to reduce waste and increase recycling effort and revived a public project of the Open Hands Garden, which produced over 500 pounds of fresh produce every summer to be donated to the local food bank. At Elon, Maggie plans to study strategic communications with a minor in business administration. She has gotten involved with Adventures in Leadership and Student United Way, and looks forward to joining other organizations to continue to shape her interest in service. She hopes to become an orientation leader and looks forward to studying abroad.

“Integrity is doing the right thing, even when no one is watching.” –C.S. Lewis

Daniela Nasser was born and raised in New York City. She graduated in the first graduating class from Avenues: The World School in 2016. At home, Daniela was involved in volunteering at the Friendship Circle, a non-profit organization for Jewish children with special needs. Volunteering her time there since she was 11, she has held positions ranging from a weekly volunteer to president. She also spearheaded their first four annual Friendship Walk fundraisers. Within her high school, she was a co-founder of the peer leadership program, a co-leader of Project Cicero, the director of marketing and advertising for her school’s online store, as well as a class representative for her junior and senior year. She is a proud alumna of The Szarvas Fellowship as well as Tzofim Chetz V’Keshet where she was awarded the Certificate of Excellence. At Elon, Daniela is majoring in strategic communications with minors in leadership studies and Jewish studies. She is also the co-social chair of the Hillel Board for the 2017 year. She is honored to be a part of the Isabella Cannon Leadership Fellows Program and is looking forward to learning and growing as a person during her time at Elon.

“People may hear your words, but they feel your attitude” –John C. Maxwell

Konnor Porro is from Wyckoff, NJ and is a graduate from Indian Hills High School. Throughout his four years of high school, Konnor kept himself busy in an eclectic group of clubs and organizations. He was named a regional and state finalist in DECA business club and was a national competitor in Nashville, TN. He also was a delegate at the 70th class of American Legion Boys State where he represented his high school at a one-week educational program of government instruction. During his senior year, he was able to achieve leadership positions in clubs he was involved in throughout high school, and was elected the vice president in Student Council, and the president of the Indian Hills Ski Club. Alongside these positions, he was selected to be a senior ambassador in his school’s Freshman Outreach Program where a select group of seniors assisted incoming freshmen with their transition into the new high school community, and was also selected to be a coordinator in his school’s Teens Need Teens Club where a select group of seniors helped students in need of a support group. Outside of the classroom, he was passionate about helping the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America, where he was a team leader of “Bad to the Crohn” in an annual fundraising walk as well as a leader in training at Camp Oasis where he was able to develop his leadership skills while helping to enrich the lives of children who were suffering with Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative Colitis. Currently at Elon, Konnor is the vice president of his class in Student Government, and is a middle hitter on the Men’s Club Volleyball team. He plans to continue his passions as he learns what it means to be a Phoenix!

“Why do we fall? So we can learn to pick ourselves up.” –Alfred, Batman Begins (2005)

Michael Reed-Price is from Dresher, PA. In high school, Michael was involved in Student Government for three years, varsity golf for four years, and the theater department for three years. Michael worked at Golfsmith and as a caddy at Whitemarsh Valley Country Club. He does not know what he wants to study yet, but is looking forward to taking less math classes in the future.

“There will be a time when you must pick between doing what is easy and what is right." –Albus Dumbledore

Amanda Ruvolo grew up in Stillwater, a little town in northern New Jersey. She graduated from Kittatinny Regional High School and was heavily involved during her time spent there. She was a varsity cheerleader for three years. Throughout her time spent at Kittatinny she was a representative and eventually the vice president for Student Government, vice president for National Honor Society and president of Choir Council. Amanda has a passion for performing; her high school career was greatly focused on the arts while she participated in the spring musical for three years, eventually becoming dance captain, and participated in the fall drama for one year. She participated in six choirs at Kittatinny, traveling to Tennessee and California to perform. Her volunteer work included helping out at the blood drive, volunteering at Project Self Sufficiency, and being a mentor at the yearly Anti-Bullying Summit. She explored great leadership opportunities while being a peer leader and attending the Lindsey Meyer Teen Institute Summer Leadership Conference dedicated to helping teens live drug and alcohol free lives. She was a DAR Good Citizen Award recipient and was awarded the Service Above Self award from the Branchville Rotary. At Elon, she is currently involved with volunteering at the Intersect Conference, participating in the Cinderella Project and working at Turner Theater. Academically, Amanda is pursuing a double major in English literature and history with a minor in leadership studies in hopes of becoming a secondary education teacher one day. Amanda looks forward to possibly studying abroad in Florence her junior year and strengthening her leadership skills.

“She believe she could, so she did.” –R.S. Grey

Josh Schwaner was born in Portland, ME, but has lived in Nashville, TN for the majority of his life. He graduated from Franklin Road Academy after going there for eleven years. Throughout his time at FRA he was involved in many organizations and held leadership roles in National Honor Society, Student Government, Band and Best Buddies, but none compared to his love for Best Buddies. During the last two years of high school he became heavily involved in the creation and implementation of his school’s new chapter of Best Buddies. The summer after his junior year he took it a step farther and went to the Best Buddies International Leadership Conference in Bloomington, IN. From that summer into his senior year the chapter worked toward not only becoming Tennessee’s Best Promoter chapter but then went back to Bloomington that next summer to be awarded with the Best International Chapter of 2015-2016 title. This was just one avenue for Josh’s love of helping others to find a place where they can feel like they belong. Here at Elon Josh not only still strives to makes others feel included but has taken it a step in a different direction and is now a tour guide and hopes to help prospective students feel that Elon is where they bELONg. He knows that his tour guide is one of the reasons he has such a great impression of Elon. Josh hopes that he can leave that same impression on others so that they become his classmates that next year. Outside of his tour guide duties Josh is a media analytics major, and a double minor in computer science and leadership studies. He hopes to get even more involved in new areas as they arise through his journey at Elon.

“Leadership is action, not position.” –Donald H. Mcgannon

Jamie Snover was born and raised in Spokane, WA, but moved to Garner, NC just before her freshman year of high school. During high school, Jamie was the president and co-founder of the DoSomething Club, which was inspired by DoSomething.org. Throughout her time as president, the club started the school's food pantry, which is still providing those in need with fresh food options. Jamie also co-lead 70 students on a leadership retreat at Fort Caswell, NC, teaching students how to advance their leadership skills and create bonds between each other. Also, she was the editor-in-chief of the school newscast as well as serving as the sports editor for the online newspaper. Following that path, Jamie is pursuing a journalism major and hopes to bring the truth into light.

"Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality." –Warren Bennis

Jacob Stern is from Richmond, VA where he graduated from Hermitage High School as the class salutatorian. While at Hermitage, Jacob was involved in numerous aspects of his high school. He began his school’s school spirit group, as he served as the Student Council Association president. He was also the captain of the boys varsity tennis team. Jacob’s favorite memory from his time in high school was uniting the nine high schools of his county through a charity basketball event named the 804 Invitational. At Elon, Jacob hopes to study policy studies or finance with a minor in leadership studies. He is passionate about service, and he especially loves the children at the Boys & Girls Club. Jacob is extremely grateful to have the opportunity to be a member of a creative, intelligent cohort.

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” –John Quincy Adams

Meg Trepp was born and raised in Richmond, VA. She enjoys spending her free time hiking, meditating, drawing, and playing with her dog Tank. In high school, she was captain of the varsity volleyball team and president of the Honor Council. She initiated an event called Felines and Fidos for Finals, where animals from the local shelter came to school during exam week to help the students destress and allow the animals to receive some love. She started a Unified Bowling League in her town through Special Olympics for young people with and without intellectual differences to come together and break down the societal barrier affecting those with different abilities and provide an inclusive environment for all. Meg intends to double major in human services and public health with minors in poverty & social justice and leadership studies. She strongly believes failure provides opportunities for significant growth as a person and leader and is excited to grow and learn at Elon. 

“I am ready to face any challenge that might be foolish enough to face me.” –Dwight Schrute, The Office

Jordan Vaughn was born and raised in Baltimore, MD (aka: Charm City). She loves softball, dance parties, and any spontaneous adventure her friends have to offer. If there is a moment of down time Jordan often enjoys lying in bed for hours at a time watching whatever TV show is popular on Netflix (currently: Bob’s Burgers). Jordan’s alma mater of 13 years, McDonogh School is a great contributor to her passion for leadership and social justice. After being the head of Public Relations for her school’s Diversity Club she had the opportunity to go to the Student Diversity Leadership Conference in 2014, a three-day, intensive diversity conference for independent schools across the nation. This is when her advocacy work really began. When she returned to school, Jordan started really combatting social justice issues wherever she saw them. While she has wanted to be a doctor since she was two it looks like politics might be more in the future! Jordan was also highly involved on campus in other clubs as well. She could always be seen running from one meeting to another with a smile on her face. She was the leader of the French Club, a member of the Honor Council, captain of the varsity softball team, and a member of numerous other clubs. In addition to this, she was a Rollins-Leuktemeyer Scholar in school which was a leadership position that included a full scholarship given to no more than 20 seniors to board and live on campus for senior year. While on Elon’s campus Jordan has already made herself quite at home. As of now, she is a biology and sociology double major with a French minor. She is a diversity ambassador for the Office of Admissions, the Center for Leadership’s coordinator for Intersect Diversity Conference and an associate member of the Black Student Union. She has also continued playing softball on the school’s club team. Jordan most looks forward to studying abroad and being a mentor to future Leadership Fellows.

“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” –Barack Obama

Ryan Wells was born and raised in Sterling, VA and attended Potomac Falls High School. While there, he spent his time actively involved in the Class Advisory Boards, and was elected as the creative director of the Student Council Association during his senior year. Wells participated in the Loudoun International Youth Leadership Summit, which brought 80 students from 20 different countries to engage in political thought and dialogue. He was an advocate for mental health and LGBTQ rights in his school. Wells was also the captain of the varsity swim team. Wells spent his summers life guarding, coaching the summer swim team, and teaching neighborhood kids how to swim. At Elon, Wells hopes to work for a policy studies major with a concentration in leading and communication policy change, along with minors in leadership studies and political science. He also hopes to study abroad and become involved in political advocacy on campus.

"It is a curious thing, Harry, but perhaps those who are best suited to power are those who have never sought it. Those who, like you, have leadership thrust upon them, and take up the mantle because they must, and find to their own surprise that they wear it well." –Albus Dumbledore

Madalynn Williams grew up in Pikesville, MD and attended Friends School of Baltimore from first grade all the way to twelfth grade. As a heavily involved member of the Friends community, Madalynn was the student representative to the Board of Trustees as well as a math tutor, Model United Nations club head and peer educator to rising ninth graders. Outside of Friends, Madalynn served as peer educator at Planned Parenthood of Maryland for three years. She was also a youth ambassador for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Madalynn is also an active member of the Maryland political community having worked on Chris Van Hollen’s Senatorial Campaign as well as interning for Congressman Elijah Cummings for two years. As an Elon student, Madalynn is a declared international business major, minoring in political science and leadership studies. Outside of the Elon community, she is an Intern with SparkVision. Madalynn is extremely grateful for the opportunity to be a Leadership Fellow and looks forward to cultivating her leadership skills to affect positive change locally and nationally.

“So we beat on, boats against the current” –F. Scott Fitzgerald