Meet the 2022 Communications Fellows
The School of Communications welcomes its 2022 class of Communications Fellows. Fellows wrote their own mini biographies, which you can read below.
Maeve Ashbrook is from Wichita, Kansas, where she graduated summa cum laude from Wichita Collegiate School. As a child, she loved to perform in musicals, plays and dance recitals. But her interests began to shift toward working in production when she had the opportunity to edit her English class’ movie adaptation of “Romeo and Juliet” in the 6th grade. In high school, she was a member of the dance team, Cum Laude Society, Latin Club, and Kansas Dance Academy’s Dance Theatre for Young People and Elite G-Force performing companies. She was named an All-American Team member by the National Dance Alliance for three consecutive years. Maeve also volunteered as a teaching assistant at her dance studio during high school, where she learned dance management and pedagogy skills. To further explore her passion for video editing, she served on her high school’s video magazine as an editor and actress, and she created stop-motion animation videos on her own time with her little sister. She sees cinema as a way to combine her interests in performing and production. Maeve is incredibly excited to continue her journey at Elon next fall as a Cinema and Television Arts major in the Communications Fellows program.
Abigail Bailey grew up in Romansville, Pennsylvania, and graduated from Bishop Shanahan High School, where she was involved in a plethora of sports and activities. During her senior year, she served as founder of Catholic Athletes and president of Ministry Club, as well as the representative of Athletics. In addition, she was named captain of the tennis, basketball and lacrosse teams. Abigail has had a camera in hand since she was young, taking pictures and making short films. Her love of editing and producing eventually led her to find her passion for digital storytelling. As an intern with her school’s Advancement office, she was solely responsible for filming and photographing school events, making commercials and creating small movies. Abigail loves to read, volunteer, pursue her faith and spend time outdoors. She is excited about being an Elon Communications Fellow and is looking forward to enhancing her voice and vision to make a difference in the world.
JoyceLyn Bentley graduated from Providence Day School in Charlotte, North Carolina, where she currently resides. During her three years at Providence Day School, JoyceLyn discovered her love for theatre and film. She was an active member of the technical theatre program, where she created sets, designed sound and called shows. After deepening her passion for film at NYU Tisch’s Summer High School Program, JoyceLyn went on to lead the Film and Media club her senior year, while also volunteering at local film festivals and production companies. JoyceLyn is passionate about diversity and service. During her time at Providence Day School, she was the co-founder and co-leader of the first black student union on campus. She attended diversity conferences as a student leader and brought back the knowledge to her community. She planned and facilitated the middle school diversity conference for two consecutive years. JoyceLyn hopes to combine her passion for diversity and film to create a positive representation in the media of diverse cultures and backgrounds. She is looking forward to her time at Elon and is honored to be a part of the Communications Fellows program.
Paloma Camacho hails from in New Milford, New Jersey. She attended Bergen County Academies High School, where she was enrolled in the Academy for Medical Science Technology. But in high school, Paloma found that her interests in media and politics were stronger than her interest in the medical field. To foster these newfound passions, Paloma joined her school’s Model UN team and became a writer for her school’s newspaper, The Academy Chronicle. During her senior year, Paloma interned at a local grassroots political consulting firm. Through this internship, Paloma was able to help compose a proposal for legislation which advocated for the formation of a New Jersey Blockchain Initiative Task Force. This internship gave her the opportunity to attend a gubernatorial debate, allowing her to see firsthand how media and politics intertwine. Paloma is a lifelong Girl Scout and served as a girl representative for the Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey this past year. Ever since kindergarten Paloma has been a soccer player and swimmer. She hopes to continue her love for athletics by participating in a club sport at Elon. Paloma aspires to become a broadcast journalist and is thrilled to be receiving an Elon University education.
Victoria Cuciniello is from Freehold, New Jersey, where she graduated from Ranney School and was accepted into the Cum Laude Society. She was also a member of the National Honor Society, French Honor Society and Art Honor Society. As president of Cooking for a Cause, Victoria was able to use her love for cooking and baking to serve her community. She played on the field hockey and basketball teams, captaining the former. In her junior and senior years, she organized a fundraiser benefiting Play 4 The Cure, a charity that supports the National Foundation For Cancer Research and St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Beyond athletics, Victoria has pursued her interest in art through classes in drawing and painting and open studio time. Victoria wants to pursue a career in the design field, whether that be graphic design, interior design or animation. Her dream job would be to work for Pixar Animation Studios or the Walt Disney Company as an animator or Imagineer. She is excited to major in Communication Design with a minor in Studio Art and hopes to study abroad and join the club field hockey team. Victoria is honored to be a Communications Fellow and looks forward to developing her interests during the next four years at Elon.
Leah Day graduated as a valedictorian from Hidden Valley High School in Roanoke, Virginia. She spends most of her time relaxing, petting dogs or spending time with her extended family. Throughout her high school career she was a member of the marching band, involved in the organization of a variety of church events and retreats, and studied at the Burton Center for Arts and Technology ,where she was enrolled in the four-year Mass Communications program. It’s within that program that she developed her skills in various forms of communication and design, taking specialized English courses, as well as classes covering videography, production, graphic design and web design. She also had the opportunity to intern at a local graphic animation company, receiving instruction on the animation process, handling clientele and learning an overview of assorted coding softwares and techniques. Although she hasn’t zoomed into a specific category, Leah is passionate about all things communications and is overwhelmingly excited to start her college career in the Communications Fellows program alongside others who feel similarly.
Ciani Foy graduated from William Amos Hough High School in Cornelius, North Carolina. In high school, Ciani was a member of Women’s Chamber Choir, Fashion Club and Photography Club. In Women’s Chamber she had the opportunity to perform at the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and the National Choral Directors Association Conference in Raleigh, North Carolina. Ciani served as a team lead in Fashion Club for two years, working as the social media manager and vice president. She is most proud of the club’s win in the Recycle the Runway Competition, in which her classmates won $2,000 toward the apparel program. Ciani not only has a passion for fashion but a love for the art of photography. In the past year she has been perfecting her series called “This Is America,” which focuses on police brutality and the current age of activism. One of her photographs from the series, titled “Break Free,” was exhibited in the Charlotte Mint Museum’s Contemporary Art Exhibit and won a Gold Key in the Scholastic Art Awards. She also loves being involved in her community, where she has volunteered at her local library for the past three years tutoring and mentoring children. Ciani is honored to be a Communications Fellow and is most excited to immerse herself in the many opportunities the School of Communications has to offer to prepare her for a career in Communication Design.
Hannah Garcia was born in Laredo, Texas, and later moved deeper into the heart of the state, where she was raised in San Antonio. She graduated from Texas Military Institute, having participated in a little bit of everything the school had to offer, such as volunteer programs, sports management, theater and band. But she found her passion in journalism, which allowed her to her to write and interview. Because her school’s newspaper lacked a solid foundation, she was motivated to teach herself what being a journalist was all about. In the past couple of years, Hannah has interviewed and written short articles about farmers’ markets, San Antonio’s Annual MLK March, 911 dispatchers and other events or topics that sparked her interest. She is looking forward to furthering her knowledge in the School of Communications and taking advantage of what Elon’s Communications Fellows Program has to offer.
Anita Hallberg attended Needham B. Broughton High School in Raleigh, North Carolina, where she has lived since she was 4 years old. During her years at Broughton, Anita was the entertainment editor of the Hi-Times, Broughton’s newspaper, executive producer of WCAP, the student-run daily live broadcast, and president of three clubs: The Broughton Young Feminists, Interact, and Speech and Debate. She participated in North Carolina State University’s Communications Camp, the Rotary Youth Leadership Award Conference and the Senate Page Program. Anita found her passion for communications in her first year of high school, when she became the multidistrict winner of the Rotary Against Drugs speech competition. By working in journalism, broadcasting and speech, Anita has begun to build a skill set with which to communicate her passion for improving animal and human rights. She is excited to use the privilege of the Communications Fellows program, and Elon as a whole, to improve this skill set and learn as much as she can. Anita plans to major in Cinema and Television Arts and is beyond thrilled to join the Elon University community.
Emily Jacob is from Greenville, South Carolina, where she recently graduated with high honors from Christ Church Episcopal School. Emily ran cross country and track all four years of high school and represented her cross country team on the Girl’s Leadership Institute during her senior year. Emily enjoyed volunteering at Whispering Pines, a local farm, where she assisted special needs children in an equine therapy program. Emily is passionate about art and took Honors Art, where she focused on creating three-dimensional pieces. After taking a Digital Design class, Emily decided that she wanted to study Communication Design. Her poster design for the school musical was one of the two selected to advertise the show. Emily is hoping to combine her passion for the environment with her interest in Communication Design during her time at Elon and beyond. She is honored to be a Communications Fellow and is excited to join the Elon community.
Jack Learner is from London, England. He moved to London with his family when he was only 11 months old and aside from living in Menlo Park, California, from ages 12 to 15, London has been his home. Jack attended schools in England when he was younger before spending three years in school in California. He then returned to London and continued his education and graduated from the American School in London. As a young boy, Jack developed a love of sports, particularly soccer. He spent many hours in the day playing soccer, reading about sports and athletes, attending professional games and watching sports on television. As Jack got older, his love of sports helped him find a new passion—filmmaking. Watching highlight videos on YouTube got him interested in making some of his own videos. He then took this interest further, registering for film classes, working as a film intern and creating, editing and directing a short film and a documentary during his upper class years in high school. Jack’s passion for film and the filmmaking process is why he intends to major in Cinema & Television Arts.
Kate Lengyel graduated with honors from Green Hope High School in Cary, North Carolina. She first fell in love with journalism and media when asked to join her middle school yearbook staff by her art teacher. She continued to participate in yearbook throughout high school, earning the title of editor-in-chief her senior year and receiving an excellence in media award by her principal and yearbook adviser. Her passion for the industry is ever-growing and she is looking forward to continuing her education in the subject at Elon. Apart from her journalism career, Kate has also been a girl scout her whole life. Through Girl Scouts and other teen volunteering networks, she has developed a love for volunteering and being a part of the community. She hopes to find the same experience on and off campus with her classmates. While still undecided about her major, Kate plans to focus on strategic communications, as well as film and television. She is thrilled to seize the opportunities Elon offers, especially as a Communications Fellow.
Savannah Lowry was born and raised in Tampa, Florida, and graduated from H.B. Plant High School. She spent her entire high school career as a part of the Plant High newsmagazine and online news website, Pep O’ Plant, where she developed a passion for writing, social media and graphic design. Savannah joined the staff as a writer, then became the arts & entertainment editor, and ended her final two years with the paper as editor-in-chief. Savannah has won several scholastic journalism awards at the district, state and national level. Savannah is also an alum of the Poynter Institute High School Summer Program, a course that solidified her aspirations for a career in the world of media and communications. Throughout high school Savannah was also a member of the National Honor Society, Beta Honor Society, Social Studies Honor Society and Quill & Scroll Honor Society. Savannah expanded her leadership outside of journalism by serving as vice president of her school’s High Schools Against Cancer chapter and an editor of her school’s literary magazine. In addition, Savannah has a passion for political involvement, as she was a member of her high school’s Dedicated Alliance of Democratic students and hopes to continue her political activism as a member of the Elon community. Savannah is honored to be a Communications Fellow and excited to learn as a Strategic Communications major.
Patrick Magarian was born and raised in Cincinnati. He has always had a deep passion for communication, conversation, debate and sports. Thus, he wishes to combine these passions in the Fellows program. Graduating with honors from Cincinnati Country Day School, Patrick was involved in student government, football and the school newspaper. He was the social chair for his high school and a frequent contributor to the school newspaper’s sports section. He earned honors in football as Ohio Defensive Lineman of the Year, 1st team All-Southwest Ohio and 1st Team-All Cincinnati and is a member of Elon’s football team. He is excited to join the Elon community and take advantage of all that comes with it. Patrick will be double majoring in Communications and Finance.
Alyssa Merhy graduated with honors from Belmont High School in Belmont, Massachusetts. While at Belmont High, Alyssa was an active participant in her community. She was involved with the National Honor Society, numerous community service pursuits, the cross country team and the foreign language department. She was also the founder and president of a coffee club. The summer preceding her senior year Alyssa collected over 100 hours of community service by leading tours of the Massachusetts State House. Outside of school, Alyssa is passionate about music and has been playing piano for 14 years. Last year she passed the level five Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music exam. As an outgoing creative individual Alyssa enjoys saving memories through photos and videos, which she edits together to tell stories. From a young age, Alyssa has been an avid reader and writer. She can be found reading the latest hot novel, magazines or content online. She looks forward to cultivating her writing skills while at Elon. Alyssa is thrilled to be a Communications Fellow at Elon and plans to study Strategic Communications while also minoring in Spanish and/or French.
Catherine Nester grew up in Crofton, Maryland, where she graduated summa cum laude from South River High School. Since she was a young child, she has been interested in art and photography. In high school, Catherine was a National Honor Society member and headed multiple committees within the organization. She was also part of the school dance company and the Best Buddies program. Catherine discovered her passion for communication after being diagnosed with cancer during her sophomore year. She learned how to use her voice to share what she was going through, using social media to connect to her peers, speaking at local events and incorporating her graphic design and photography talents to further her message. At school, she started the Kids Fighting Cancer club and participated in Relay for Life as team captain of the school’s top fundraising team three years in a row. Catherine is an original member of the Ulman Cancer Fund Survivor/Patient Education & Advisory Council and a recipient of the 2017 Young Adult Fight Award. Having had to take a gap year for a bone marrow transplant, Catherine could not be more excited to begin at Elon. Over the last nine months, she has been doing graphic design and social media for a local photography studio, leading Young Life and returning to Relay for Life as the event speaker and a team captain. At Elon, she would like to continue giving back and improving her skills behind a camera. She hopes to one day have a job in photography or work on a comedy television show like the ones that made her laugh through long hospital stays. She cannot wait to get started.
Jeremy Palladino is leaving his hometown of LaGrange, New York, to become an Elon Phoenix. Graduating from Arlington High School with an advanced regents diploma, Jeremy involved himself in his community by participating in Student Government and National Honor Society. Jeremy sharpened his skills as a performer by acting in both high school and community theater musicals and taking private voice and dance lessons. In addition, he competed on a hip hop dance team for three years. As a member of the Blue Sky Acting Troupe, a student-run high school acting club, Jeremy wrote an original play that was produced and performed by students. He was nominated by his peers to be the treasurer of the high school theater club, where he balanced a budget of more than $30,000. Recently, Jeremy received an award for Outstanding Lead Performance as “Gomez” in “The Addams Family” at the National Youth Arts Awards. After taking a video production class his junior year, Jeremy became interested in filmmaking. During his senior year, he was an anchor and production member of the ABC Crew, a class dedicated to producing and broadcasting daily school news. Jeremy also helped write and act in “The Guf” for the 10 Day Film Challenge, an international short film contest. The piece was awarded Best Film in New York and Best Screenplay nationally. By majoring in Cinema and Television Arts, he wishes to explore his interests of cinematography and storytelling. Jeremy is more than honored to enter Elon as a Communications Fellow and hopes to take advantage of all the opportunities it entails.
Sam Porozok grew up in Allentown, New Jersey, where he graduated from Allentown High School in the top 10 percent of his class. Throughout his high school career, Sam was a member of the Front Ensemble in the Allentown Marching Band, a performer in every school musical and play (most notably playing Lefou in “Beauty and the Beast” and the Mysterious Man from “Into the Woods”), a member of the National Honor Society, and the president of the Allentown Philosophy Club. For the last two years, Sam has worked at Six Flags Great Adventure as an actor in the stage shows “Nicky Falzone and the Case of the Green Emerald” and “Gone Bananas,” rotating daily between lead roles. In his free time, Sam enjoys writing and drawing his own online comic book (samalotcomics.thecomicseries.com), filming and acting in videos with friends, and consuming any and all forms of comedy. Sam is honored to be a Communications Fellow and cannot wait to begin his journey towards becoming a major in the School of Communications.
Alex Reynolds is from Rockville, Maryland, and graduated from Rockville High School. Alex was a member of the literary arts magazine, captain of the lacrosse team and co-leader of the school’s student section. During his junior year Alex discovered his true passion for journalism and participated in the journalism program at RHS. He wrote articles across all sections designed pages for the Rampage student newspaper. But Alex found his niche within the multimedia side of journalism. He enrolled in a TV production course, in which he held every position on set as a part of Rockville’s morning show. He pitched a sports segment that he wrote, starred in and produced on a weekly basis. In his senior year, he reinvented the school’s online publication by completely redesigning the website and creating a new online article initiative. For his efforts, he was named online editor-in-chief. Outside of journalism and school, Alex enjoys playing ultimate frisbee, fishing and snowboarding. He cannot wait to continue his journalism education at Elon University and is honored to be a Communications Fellow.
Luke Stoddard graduated from Concord High School with an International Baccalaureate diploma. While his education was always his No. 1 priority, he still found time to participate in a plethora of clubs and organizations, through which he honed his passions for art and design. His IB Extended Essay project introduced him to a passion for architecture, which he drew inspiration from during his final 12-piece art exhibition at his high school. His love for sculpture is rivaled only by a newfound passion for media production and editing. His experience with ADHD allows him to view the world from a different angle and never fails to allow him a fresh perspective on the world. He spends his summers at renowned YMCA Camp Cheerio, where his position as counselor allows his fun loving personality and passion for people to flourish. Luke is thrilled to be a Communications Fellow and can’t wait to begin his college career surrounded by people who share his passions.
Emily Thomas lives on Lake Norman in Mooresville, North Carolina, less than two short hours from Elon University. Emily graduated with honors from Pine Lake Preparatory, where she earned positions in the National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta and the Spanish Honor society, in which she was chosen to speak at the 2017-2018 induction for new members. Additionally, during Emily’s high school career, she was a member of her school’s chapter of the Beta club. Outside of school, Emily has dedicated much of her time to volunteering for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, participating in the JDRF OneWalk (for four consecutive years) and donating her time as a Bag of Hope mentor (meeting with and counseling newly diagnosed Type 1 Diabetics). If she was not volunteering for JDRF, she was spending her time leading fundraisers and events for the Charlotte Spay Neuter Clinic. Now called Stand For Animals, Emily assisted this non-profit organization in an effort to help decrease the number of dogs and cats that end up losing their lives in local shelters because of overpopulation. Ever since she was little Emily has loved to sing and has taken six years of vocal lessons, which eventually led to her helping stage manage coffeehouse events and getting the opportunity to record in a Grammy award winning recording studio. Emily also nurtures a love for writing and traveling and hopes to further these passions through studying abroad and minoring in writing studies at Elon University. She looks forward to majoring in Strategic Communications and exploring the endless career opportunities that come with it. She is extremely grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the Communications Fellows program, and she is beyond excited to see what the next four years at Elon will hold.
Theodore Thomas was born in Panama City, Florida, where he lived for a few months before moving to Edmond, Oklahoma. Because he’s a member of a military family, he has moved many times throughout his life, spending a total of seven years living in Asia. He most recently settled down in Chantilly, Virginia, where he has lived for the past five years. In that time, he graduated from Chantilly High School, earning an Advanced Diploma. At the same time he earned the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America. While working on both accomplishments, he played a large part in both his Boy Scout Troop and his school’s journalism department. Serving as a senior patrol leader twice, he helped found a new Boy Scout troop and mentor younger boys in the program. His passion for communications blossomed while working on his 6th grade yearbook in Osan, South Korea. Following his move to Virginia, he worked his way through the journalism department at his school, ending his senior year as an editor-in-chief of the school’s newspaper, The Purple Tide. He has attended many journalism conferences, including VAJTA’s jCamp 2017 and CSPA’s 94th annual Spring Scholastic Convention. He is honored to be chosen as a Communications Fellow and is looking forward to the next four years at Elon.
Kathryn Watson graduated with high honors from Westwood High School in Westwood, Massachusetts. During her years at Westwood High, Kathryn enjoyed serving as the treasurer of Student Council. As part of Student Council, Kathryn also helped plan and execute her high school’s first ever Homecoming Dance during her junior year, and again during her senior year. Kathryn was also a member of the National Honor Society and the Westwood Ambassadors Club, where she provided tours and information sessions to incoming students and their parents to help facilitate their transition into high school. Kathryn also participated on both the field hockey and alpine race teams, becoming a captain of the ski team her senior year. As a result of her strong connection to a nonverbal autistic child she works with, Kathryn became a member of the first Unified Track team at her high school, with the team winning the State Championship its first year. Outside of school, Kathryn loves to spend her time traveling and can often be found by the lake in Vermont. She also loves spending her free time editing footage and creating montages for friends and family – something she started doing at an early age. Kathryn is excited to invest her time in the various opportunities the Elon Communications Fellows program offers. She plans to major in Strategic Communications and is looking forward to studying abroad.
Mackenzie Wilkes is a North Carolina native, who was born and raised in Greensboro. She attended Western Guilford High School’s AP Capstone Program, where she graduated summa cum laude with an Advanced Placement diploma. Her time growing up in Greensboro piqued her interest in the history and cultural development of the United States. Her enthusiasm for history and culture led to the completion of academic research her senior year titled “Framing of the Sit-Ins Movement by Newspapers Published in Greensboro, North Carolina in 1960,” a content analysis of editorials and letters to the editor published in what is now known as the Greensboro News & Record. Mackenzie has been invested in the cultural arts community, as she was a member of her high school’s chapter of the National Art Honors Society, where she was given the opportunity to paint several murals. Outside of school, she had an ink portrait installed in Truth Tellers Speak, an art exhibition. Mackenzie’s dedication to community extends to her role as secretary of the Western Guilford National Beta Club, where she served an organizational and communications role, which included coordinating a fundraiser and being a communication liaison to club members. Mackenzie is excited to bring her academic enthusiasm and cultural interests to the Elon community.
Sport Management Cohort
Lauren Belk is from Huntersville, North Carolina, where she lives with her parents and two younger siblings. She graduated with highest honors from Hough High School. During her high school career, she was involved in multiple clubs, including National Honor Society, National Spanish Honor Society, National History Honor Society and National Dance Honor Society. Her love for both dance and basketball began at a young age, as she was involved in both the dance team and her school’s varsity basketball team. Lauren was also a part of the yearbook committee during her sophomore year. Her love for creating videos and editing content began a few years before high school and is still one of her hobbies. Lauren has had some experience being a social media manager for a local entrepreneur and has led her own business for three years, which she hopes to continue during college. For fun, Lauren loves to write and sing. She even auditioned for “American Idol” before her senior year of high school. Born and raised in the great state of North Carolina, Lauren is excited to be continuing her education as a Sport Management major within the Communications Fellows program.
Davis Blank is a graduate of The Burlington School in Burlington, North Carolina. During high school, he was inducted into the National Honor Society, holding treasurer and vice president positions, served as sophomore class president, student body vice president and student body president in Student Government, was elected to be a member of Honor Council for two years, and was selected to be a Junior Graduation Marshall. Davis grew up in an athletic family and was a member of the basketball, soccer, tennis and golf teams at The Burlington School, where he earned all-conference and all-state honors numerous times and was a member of the State Championship team. He has been involved in the Visual Arts program since he began at The Burlington School, where he developed a passion for pottery and watercolor. He has earned many awards for his art. He was a part of numerous clubs, including Art Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Future Farmers of America and the DREAM Team, which he helped found. Outside of school, he has a growing passion for service, having earned the Presidential Volunteer Service Award and the George Eastman Young Leaders Award. He has traveled throughout the United States and to Spain and Japan. Davis has also participated in two mission trips traveling to Mexico and New York City. He is an active member at St. Mark’s Church, where he enjoys building relationships as a youth minister for a program called Switch. Davis earned the St. Mark’s Reformed Church Scholarship. Davis is excited to be part of the inaugural class of Sport Management Fellows. He’s looking forward to joining the Elon community.
Will Goldy graduated magna cum laude with the seal of bi-literacy from Summit High School in Summit, New Jersey. There, he was an anchor for the school’s news program, as well as writer for the sports section of Verve, the school’s newspaper. Will was an active participant and volunteer in the community. He created and managed a website to facilitate community volunteer outreach programs. Will was a nationally-ranked place kicker for the football team and a member of the varsity lacrosse team. Will is excited to take on the great opportunity of being a Communications Fellow.
Jake Luckangelo was born in Wilmington, Delaware, and graduated from Wilmington Friends School as an IB Diploma recipient. At WFS, Jake kept busy by participating in several clubs and committees. He participated in the Model Organization of American States as both a junior and senior and learned the quality of international delegation and compromise. Jake was a member of the Student Disciplinary Committee as a junior and senior. One of the experiences that Jake is most proud of was his time as a volunteer at the H. Fletcher Brown Boys and Girls Club in Wilmington. He volunteered in the fall of his junior and senior years to help children from the ages of 7-12 with their homework and social conflicts. He recognized the significance of volunteering and giving back to the community during his time at H. Fletcher Brown. Jake was a varsity letter member of the WFS swim and baseball team all four years of high school. He was captain of the swim team his junior and senior seasons. Jake has always been interested in all aspects of sports and hopes to someday make sport management his profession through further development at Elon as a Sport Management major.
Brodie Steen was born and raised on the eastern shore of Maryland in the beautiful town of Saint Michaels. Brodie graduated with honors from Saint Michaels High School. During his time in high school, Brodie was a member of the National Honor Society, Student Government Association and Students Helping Other People. Brodie has always been interested in all facets of sports. He played baseball from the time he was 5 years old until he graduated high school. The Sport Management major in the School of Communications seems like a perfect fit for him. Once he arrives on campus Brodie plans to participate in the Student Government Association, Club Baseball and other club sports. Studying abroad is an opportunity he looks forward to exploring, as well. Brodie cannot wait to meet his classmates and take in everything Elon University has to offer.
Drew Weinert grew up in Yarmouth, Massachusetts, and graduated from Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School, where he was a three-sport athlete, playing soccer, basketball and baseball. Drew could also occasionally be found on the golf course. He was a member of the Math Team, Key Club and spent many hours volunteering his time throughout his community and school. His passion for sports and school spirit motivated him to design and create a school flag that read “Fridays are for the Lagoon,” which could be seen at many of the school’s sporting events. Along with the flag, he made shirts, which were sold as a senior class fundraiser. Drew was involved with his school’s work-based learning program, which allowed him the opportunity to be a teacher’s aide/mentor for 5th grade students. He thoroughly enjoyed making a positive impact on the kids. He is excited to follow his love of sports by majoring in Sport Management and is looking forward to starting his new adventure at Elon.