Elon Academy welcomes 13th Class

Twenty-seven rising sophomores from Alamance County high schools have been selected to join the 13th class of the college access and success program.

​Twenty-seven rising sophomores from Alamance County high schools have been selected to join the 13th class of scholars in the Elon Academy, the university's college access and success program for academically talented students.

Naming each cohort after the Greek alphabet, this newest addition to the Elon Academy will be known as the Xi Class. These students were selected out of 140 applicants from across the county.

On May 4, the new cohort arrived on campus with their families to learn more about the summer and year-round aspects of the academy, take a tour of campus, complete paperwork, enjoy lunch and meet current scholars, families, staff and mentors.

With the new cohort, the Elon Academy has now served more than 300 scholars in high school and college and has produced more than 70 four-year college graduates, with five going on to receive graduate degrees.

The Elon Academy partners with local students and their families starting at the end of their first year of high school and continues this partnership through high school, the completion of an undergraduate degree and even on to the pursuit of graduate studies. The students served are from families without a history of college and with a financial barrier to pay for college.

To date, 100 percent of Elon Academy scholars who have completed the high school phase of the program have been accepted to college and 86 percent of scholars in college are persisting.

The Xi Class of scholars will join the Mu Class and Nu Class for the Elon Academy’s 13th summer program. The summer program is a four-week residential program held on the campus of Elon University and begins on June 16. However, the Elon Academy is much more than a summer program. Scholars also participate in year-round programming during the academic year. This year-round programming includes monthly Saturday Programs, meetings with near-peer mentors, community service, academic tutors and SAT prep.

The Elon Academy is a nonprofit organization and is not supported by University tuition dollars. The Xi Class includes the following Alamance County Students:

  • Alondra Vega-Medina
  • AndreaChavez
  • Ariana Taylor
  • Brayden Michaels
  • Cameron Corbett
  • Cameron Jones
  • Carlos Gomez-Lopez
  • Cyara Workman
  • Daisy Martinez Jimenez
  • Daniela Guardado Leon
  • Deborah Corbett
  • DeQuan Anthony
  • Dillon Page
  • Dionna Alston
  • Elijah Shoffner
  • Ema Perez
  • Ericka Ray
  • Hannah Groom
  • Ismael Castillo
  • Janeeta Smith
  • Janya Moore
  • Jonathan Vazquez
  • Mekhi Bigelow
  • Noah Vaught
  • Rebekah Choi
  • Shiv Patel
  • Teia Bui