Spotlight Students

The students 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 students we want to show them off.

So each month we feature two of our students who are really getting after it in life, school or service. Enjoy getting to know these amazing teens as you scroll through this page!

March Spotlight

Mekaila Hunter

School:  Athens Drive High School  Grade: 11th Grade

What are 3 goals you have for yourself this academic year?

  • Work on my study habits
  • Finally make Straight As
  • Do well on my SAT and ACT tests

How has the WELL impacted you as a student?

The tutoring at the WELL has helped me get better in math throughout my years of high school.

How do you plan being engaged at the WELL this semester?

I plan to continue signing up for tutoring because the amazing amount of support and help that I get makes me feel great.

February Spotlight

Judah Brown

School:  Broughton High school   Grade: 91th Grade

What are 3 goals you have for yourself this academic year?

  • Be promoted to 10th grade
  • Pass with As and Bs
  • Pass math! 

How has the WELL impacted you as a student?

The WELL has impacted me as a student by providing me with a quiet, but also fun environment to get my homework done and to do what I need to do.

How do you plan being engaged at the WELL this semester?

I participate in Teen Talk on Tuesdays .

Tell us something about yourself that otherwise we wouldn’t know or guess:

Well, everyone probably already knows this but I’m a funny guy and I like to have fun. But I’m actually very shy when I’m with a large group of people that I don’t know.

January Spotlight

Brianna Pineda

School:  Broughton High school   Grade: 10th Grade

What are 3 goals you have for yourself this academic year?

  • Get A’s and B’s all year
  • Study for all my quizzes/Tests
  • Complete all assignments on time

How has the WELL impacted you as a student?

The WELL has impacted me as a student because I’m able to finish all my work on time and finish my projects with the computers that are provided.

How do you plan being engaged at the WELL this semester?

I plan on being engaged at the WELL by continuing to go to Teen Talk, WELL Rounded, and serving as a WELL Ambassador.

Tell us something about yourself that otherwise we wouldn’t know or guess:

I am in an engineering program at NC State.

December Spotlight

Campbell Hayes

School:  Broughton High school   Grade: 9th Grade

What are 3 goals you have for yourself this academic year?

• maintain mostly A’s all year long
• keep up good grades in harder classes like math and biology
• get things done on time and make sure I don’t put off studying and doing homework

How has the WELL impacted you as a student?

Having the WELL to go to after school has helped me a lot. Just knowing that I have time to kill and resources at my fingertips motivates me to get things done.

Tell us something about yourself that otherwise we wouldn’t know or guess:

Lately, I’m a big fan of How I Met Your Mother, and I absolutely love Dr. Pepper.

December Spotlight

Jamila student spotlight

Jamila Mckinnon

What is your favorite thing about school?

Getting to see my friends and having the opportunity to learn new things every day.

What advice do you have for younger high school students?

Don’t give up! Even though things might seem hard at the time, or your grades aren’t where you want them to be, hang in there and try harder. Don’t find short cuts to avoid your situation. Instead, stay put and find ways to make the best out of it.

What is the most rewarding part about being involved in this program?

I get support from my mentor and learn new information in the meetings.

What are your eventual college and career goals? 

After I graduate from a four-year college, I plan on going to medical school to become an OBGYN.

Standout Volunteers

Our students aren’t acing classes and growing in their confidence in academics by themselves. We have a small army of volunteers who are committed to serving high schoolers.

Many of our volunteers are college students, dedicating time that could be spent hanging out with friends to tutoring and mentoring our students.

Just like the students we serve, our volunteers are worth bragging about!

March Standout

Steve Wilson

How long have you volunteered at the WELL? 

5 years.

What is the most rewarding thing about working with young people?

I love helping students improve their skills in algebra. It is fun to see their eyes light up when they understand something for the first time.

If you could give your high school self one piece of advice, what would it be?

Hang in there…it gets better.

When you’re not volunteering, what do you do?

I’m retired now but, I enjoy gardening and wood working. Also, it is fun to travel, especially to California to see the grand baby.

February Standout

Isbah Baloch

How long have you volunteered at the WELL? 

I’ve been working with the WELL since November 2016.

What is the most rewarding thing about working with young people?

Being young myself, I love that I can help people gain the skills and knowledge they need to succeed. I tutor mostly English and History, and writing skills are very important, so being able to see a difference in how their writing changes is amazing.

If you could give your high school self one piece of advice, what would it be?

Don’t procrastinate, it’ll save you the anxiety and rushing if you just do what you need to do on time.

When you’re not volunteering, what do you do?

I’m a full-time college student at NC State, so in my free time I like to write fiction, watch tv shows, and watch movies with my dad.

January Standout

Gary Dudley

How long have you volunteered at the WELL? 

Since January 2013

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.

If you could give your high school self one piece of advice, what would it be?

To step outside my comfort zone.

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. I’m currently reading a biography of Woodrow Wilson.

December Standout

Andres Escobar

How long have you volunteered at the WELL?

I’ve been working at the WELL for a little more than two years now.

What is the most rewarding thing about working with young people?

Seeing the progress students are capable of making and watching them achieve it.

If you could give your high school self one piece of advice, what would it be?

Take more AP classes. They give you more credit hours for college and let you take lighter loads per semester. Plus, the number of credits you start with significantly impacts your ability to register for classes ahead of other college students.

When you’re not volunteering, what do you do?

This semester, I only have a little time to spend with friends and go to the gym, but in previous semesters, I spent a lot of time playing racquetball, intramural sports, and video games here and there.