Yousaf Khan '20
Yousaf Khan graduated magna cum laude from St. Andrew’s School in Middletown, Delaware. While there, he was the first ever recipient of the excellence in computing science award for his technological contributions outside the classroom. During his freshmen year, he developed an online contact directory called Saintsplex for the school’s faculty and staff to connect seamlessly. The following year, he created Event Master, an event management application for the student’s weekend activities committee, which also led him to win second place overall in the Blue Ocean Startup Competition. After his first visit to Silicon Valley through Elon’s “Innovation In America” winter term course, Yousaf secured a summer software internship at Interana, a data analytics startup, where he developed features for the company’s core analytics product used by customers such as Microsoft, Reddit and Tinder. Yousaf plans to double major in computer science and finance. He believes that his valuable college experiences and summer opportunities would not have been accessible without the support and mentorship of the Odyssey Program.
Ashley Billie '21
Ashley Billie graduated from Harding University High School in Charlotte, NC, after participating in the IB program since 6th grade. Before graduating, Ashley was captain of the varsity volleyball team and co-captain of the junior varsity basketball team. Ashley has always had a passion for service, and a passion for education. Due to where she lived, she was able to witness firsthand the effects of low incomes and access to education. She began to work for a small nonprofit called UrbanPromise, a place dedicated to giving disadvantaged students a leg up in education in the form of tutoring, life lessons, and Bible classes. Being able to work directly with Charlotte's youth inspired her to pursue an elementary education major at Elon University, where she was also awarded a Teaching Fellowship along with the Odyssey Program.