2017-18 Spotlight Stories

The students and volunteers who come to the WELL really stand out. They’re committed to doing the best they can, whether that is getting straight As or striving to improve in certain subjects. We’re so impressed with our community we want to show it off.

So each month we feature two of our students who are really getting after it in life, school or service. While we get ready to kick off this new school year, check out some of our past student and volunteer spotlights.

Student Spotlight

Katrina Chileshe

  • What grade are you in? I am a Freshman at Broughton
  • Main Goal this Year? Have all A’s.
  • What role has the WELL played so far in your freshman year? I was able to make more friends and had the opportunity to join the WELL Ambassadors.

Fellow Spotlight

Cindy Lin

Grade: Sophomore

Dream college: Harvard

Hobbies: playing volleyball and the flute in the band

Desired Career: working in the medical field

Best thing about being a fellow: “The fellows program gives me more knowledge about the outside world that we don’t learn in school.  For instance, I’ve enjoyed practicing for interviews and creating a resume.”

Volunteer Spotlight

Bryson Bonham

  • How long have you volunteered at the WELL? This is my first year, (6 months currently)
  • What is the most rewarding thing about working with young people? Learning about their lives, learning and paying attention. I love sharing and engaging people in the world and love to try and bring a but of the application of math and science to dry subjects.
  • If you could give your high school self-one piece of advice, what would it be? Be a statistics major! I’d also use the opportunity to tell myself to get more focused on school while I’m young. I meandered while in college and it would’ve been 10 times easier to get to where I am if I’d worked a bit harder during school. Then I’d use the opportunity to tell myself to kick off the chip I had on my shoulder, I didn’t know anything, and still don’t, and arrogance never helped anyone.
  • When you’re not volunteering, what do you do? Grad school!!!! All day and night! Right now I’m trying to spend as much time as I can using my analytics in a data for good initiative as well. I also try to spend as much time with my family as I can. That usually involves food and friends :)!

I’m looking forward to an amazing year with Well :).

Fellow Spotlight

Dunya Alkiassi

Grade: Eleventh grade

School: Broughton high school

What is your favorite class? Law and Justice

Where do you want to attend college? University of Michigan where I want to study sports medicine.

What extra curriculars are you involved with? I am a fellow, a WELL ambassador, and I also participate in SAFE club and the Muslim Student Association at Broughton.

What is something we might not know about you?  My favorite food to eat is Chicken Alfredo.

WELL Student Spotlight

Zach Flatt

Grade: Ninth grade

School: Broughton high school

Goal for the Year: Pass the 9th grade!

How do you plan on being engaged at the WELL: Using the lab to finish my homework and attending Teen Talk.

Volunteer Spotlight

Gary Dudley

  1. How long have you volunteered at the WELL?  Since January 2013
  2. What is the most rewarding thing about working with young people? Building a personal relationship with my students so that I can share more than how to work math problems.  Hopefully, I will then be able to transfer enough of my life skills so they can better enjoy and take advantage of their high-school years.
  3. If you could give your high school self-one piece of advice, what would it be? To step outside my safety zone.
  4. When you’re not volunteering, what do you do?
    A little bit of computer software consulting.  But the best part of retirement is having the time to read good books.

November Student Spotlight

Anna Medina

Grade: Ninth grade

School: Broughton high school

My first goal for this school year is to get all A’s and B’s. My second goal is to ask more questions if I am having trouble understanding the material. My third goal is to have a study buddy for all my classes so we can ask each other questions about the material and help each other out. The WELL has impacted me as a student by having a desktop computer. Which is nice because I have most of my work online. I plan on being engaged in the WELL by being a Well Ambassador, and going to Teen Talk. My preferred learning style is taking notes and then rewriting them, I don’t know why but it helps me remember.

November Fellow Spotlight

Victoria Lyons

Grade: Senior

Favorite Class: Health Sciences

Hobbies: Dance, Cooking, Swimming

Wants to attend NC State and study to become a vet- “I love animals and want to be able to help them”

Favorite Animal: Yorkie

Most exciting thing about attending college: “I’m looking forward to meeting new people, participating in campus life like sporting events, and living in the dorms.”