Briston Whitt-Lead Summer Mentor
Briston Whitt is a senior BFA Acting major with minors in Communications and Human Service Studies. Briston is a proud Odyssey Scholar from Winston Salem, NC with a sincere passion for the advancement of marginalized youth. This passion has led her to join her sorority, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., work as a Student Ambassador for University Advancement fundraising for student scholarships, and work in mentor positions for not only her scholarship program but for The Village Project, Positive Attitude Youth Center and the Elon Academy for the past four years.
Melissa Chacon Villalobos (Luck)-Lead Summer Mentor
Hello! My name is Melissa Chacon Villalobos (Luck). I was born in Costa Rica and raised in Burlington, NC. Currently, I am a second-year Master’s student in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where I will also pursue my Ph.D. Broadly, my research interests include LatinX immigrant families within the context of the United States. My ultimate goal is to help those that do not have the same opportunities as others. The Elon Academy has a special place in my heart because I am a member of the Delta Cohort. I am looking forward to being on the other side of the summer program and serving current and incoming scholars!
Hello! My name is Margo Buchanan and I’m from Raleigh, NC. I am a first year Elon College Fellow double majoring in theatrical design and technology and political science. My concentration is technical direction, so I often volunteer in the shop building sets for Elon’s performances. On campus I am also involved in the Fire of the Carolinas Marching Band (playing piccolo and flute!), and I work as the office assistant to the Elon Academy. Outside of school I like to read, go hiking, and watch movies with my friends. I’m super excited to continue working with the Elon Academy and getting to work with EA scholars this summer!
Hello everyone! My name is Emmanuel Campos, and I am from Burlington, NC. I am a rising junior attending UNC-Chapel Hill majoring in Statistics and Mathematics, along with a minor in Data Science. I was a part of the Mu cohort at Elon Academy! At UNC, I was involved in Mi Pueblo, which is a Latinx-based organization that promotes Latinx culture and heritage and brings awareness to Latinx issues. I was also an Undergraduate Learning Assistant for the math department. My role was to help students understand math concepts that were confusing to them. In my free time, I enjoy listening to music and learning new songs on guitar or violin! I’m very excited to be a mentor this summer, and I cannot wait to work and be a part of the Elon Academy team!
Hello! My name is Danny Gutierrez, I am a Communication Design and Art double major and I am from Burlington, NC. I graduated from the Alamance Burlington Early College with an Associate in Arts and I’m working toward my bachelors degree as an Odyssey scholar and Communications Fellow. I was a part of the Mu class in Elon Academy. I am the GM of WSOE 89.3, the campus radio station, and I’m always working on new art projects or commissions. Creating and curating is what I love most. I look forward to working the summer program and being a much needed support!
Hello! My name is Bridget Peralta, and I am from Burlington, NC. I am a rising sophomore majoring in Radiology Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I graduated from Hugh M. Cummings High School and was part of the Nu cohort at Elon Academy. Outside of school, I enjoy reading, watching Marvel movies with friends, and drawing. I am so excited to continue my involvement in Elon Academy and I look forward to meeting all of you this summer!
Hi. My name is Sonith Riem. I am from Cambodia. I am Elon’s Odyssey and Engineering Scholar. My major is computer engineering major, and my minor is mathematics. In my free time, I work with the Adobe Suite: Photoshop & Illustrator. I am also a graphic designer for Elon Recreation & Wellness. I look forward to being an Elon Summer Academy mentor and working with students and other mentors.
Hi! My name is Gabriela Vazquez but everyone calls me Gaby. I am from Graham, NC and I graduated high school with an Associate in Arts. I am now working towards my Bachelors degree at Guilford College, where I am majoring in Criminal Justice. I am also a Bonner and Algernon Sydney Sullivan Scholar! I enjoy being apart of many communities at Guilford such as Hispanos Unidos de Guilford and The Quaker Leadership Scholars Program. These communities have allowed me to learn more about myself and have introduced me to many people who I now call my family <3 I am apart of the Nu Class in Elon Academy, and I absolutely admire what the program has helped me accomplish during my time as a scholar! In my free time I enjoy traveling, spending time with friends and family, and practicing good mental health! I am beyond excited to be working with the Elon Academy Team as a Summer Mentor!
Hi! My name is Jessica Walker and I am a freshman from Elon, NC. I am a Nu scholar in the Elon Academy as well as an Odyssey Scholar here at Elon. I am majoring in Strategic Communications and minoring in Anthropology. I graduated from Western Alamance High School in 2021 and I really enjoyed the summer programs that I experienced as a high school scholar in the Elon Academy, and I am very excited to be a mentor this year! A few of my favorite things to do are listen to music and binge-watch true crime documentaries. I am looking forward to working with the Elon Academy scholars this summer!