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National Leadership Council - Class of 2012

Welcome!  We are excited to share with you more about our National Leadership Council (NLC) class.  See the class bios below for leader and student profiles.

You can see more about the activities of our class and the NLC program in the media galleryFor specific questions, please contact the NLC Program Manager, Elizabeth Schelle, at elizabeth@discoverybound.org.

Recent Accomplishments

Congressional Gold Medalist - Abby Mietchen NLC Class of 2012

NLC 2012 graduate, Abby Mietchen, was one of two individuals chosen from 250 of her peers to speak at the Congressional Award Gold Medal Ceremony at the Capitol in Washington, D.C. Each June, youth from across the nation are honored for earning Congress’ highest award for youth – the Congressional Award Gold Medal. Members of Congress present medals to their constituents and meet with the families and advisors who have supported them in their journey. Click on the video below to listen to Abby’s speech.



2012 Class Leaders

Elizabeth Schelle
Kevin Watters
Katie Wallingford



2012 Class Members

Abby
Akayla
Angelica

Andrew

Annika

Colby

David

Geoffrey

George
Hanne

Jesse
Kristen

Liza Jean

Makenna

Tori



2012 Class Leaders





Elizabeth Schelle

Hi! I am Elizabeth, co-leader for the NLC 2012 class and am so grateful to be with such an amazing group of young Christian Scientists!  I moved to Colorado from Juneau, Alaska, in the fall of 2007 to become the manager of the NLC program and have loved seeing new teens, parents, mentors, and group leaders join the NLC family.

I was born in Los Angeles, California, and grew up in Whittier. I studied at the University of California, Santa Barbara and Davis, and got my Master’s degree in intercultural communication from the University of Oregon. I studied in Sweden for a year during college and met my Swedish relatives (fantastisk!). My husband, Kurt, and I have one daughter who is studied design at Cal. State University. I enjoyed everything Denver has to offer and keep active with our pound-puppy, Koko. I enjoy drawing/painting, traveling, and meeting people from different countries and cultures. I was very privileged to work with A/U and DiscoveryBound for five years with wonderful people who believe as much as I do that together we can bless the world!

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Katie Wallingford

Hi, I’m Katie and this year I joined Elizabeth and Kevin as one of the co-leaders of the 2012 class.  Prior to moving to Colorado a year ago, I lived in northern Michigan and served as the assistant director of Camp Kohahna, a Christian Science summer camp. 

Before Michigan I majored in Sociology at Principia College, and before college I lived in Atlanta, Georgia.  My hobbies growing up were dancing and playing clarinet, and these days my love of dance has transformed into Pilates and Zumba classes, along with a faithful following of So You Think You Can Dance.  When we’re together during the holidays, my sister, mom, and I have continued our lifelong tradition of going to at least one performance of The Nutcracker.  Beyond dancing, my baseball-loving dad and brother would be glad to know that I’ve been working to develop a throwing arm to give Sunshine, my golden retriever, something exciting to retrieve. 

Above all, I’m grateful to be a part of this group of adventurous, motivated, compassionate, and inspired teenagers for the second half of their NLC years.  Nothing beats the opportunity to learn about life and God within a community of peers and mentors and to develop into humble, honest, and reliable leaders.

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2012 Class Members



Abby

My name is Abby, and I love playing the piano, playing tennis, writing, and being with friends. I had the opportunity to play with a major symphony orchestra at age 12.  This experience was the reward for taking second place in SummerArts, a competition sponsored by a local university. I have competed at the state fair and in the local symphony’s youth guild. 

In addition to piano, I love to play on my high school tennis team and ski with my friends. I also love to write poetry. I have volunteered at an animal sanctuary for 5 years. This is my second year in the NLC program and I have learned so much! I have attained the Bronze Certificate and hope to earn the Silver Certificate by 2010.

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Akayla

My name is Akayla, and I live in Southern California. When I'm not at school I am usually hanging out with friends, drawing, reading, listening to music, or horseback riding. I also do stage tech and set designs at a local community theatre. After I graduate from High School, I plan to continue my academics into college.

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Andrew

Hi, my name is Andrew, and I am, to sum myself up into one word, a geek. I’m homeschooled and read avidly, both for school and fun, and work with computers and the internet a lot. My favorite subjects in school are history, physics and writing. I live in Connecticut with my parents and two sisters, where I build monstrosities from LEGOs for recreation, as well as play an online game called RuneScape, and build crossbows. I hope to get into a technology school such as MIT, and move on to work with the internet, computers, or in political science. Also, I am a deep thinker with a rampant sense of humor.

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Angelica

My name is Angelica. As with many children, my years growing up passed with ease.  As a child I always enjoyed going to church, along with school.  Both gave me a chance to meet new people and have a good time. The loving environments in both helped me progress in all classes. I have always loved learning new things, and weather it be over one hour or seven, I have always embraced knowledge.

I developed a liking for history and English, but have gotten better grades in English than any other subject.  Outside of school, I enjoy playing music, cooking, and thinking of new arts and crafts projects to do. In church, I love learning Bible stories, and studying Bible characters.  I think I would enjoy being a Bible scholar, because it would enable me to study the Bible in depth, and learn more about people.

Since the second grade, I have had a dream to become a Marine Biologist.  I would go to the school library and read every shark book they had.  As a marine biologist I would like to be the first to discover this mysterious creature’s habits.  I enjoy studying sharks most, but lions, killer whales, and the zebra also hold great interest for me.  Another dream of mine is to move to Africa for a while and study big cats. In addition to being these things, I would also like to play the stand up bass in a professional orchestra.

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Annika

Hi, my name is Annika.  I am half Swedish. Technically, I live in Texas (the best state) but I go to school in Missouri. In school I love studying French, History, and Algebra 2. I sing in a choir too. I like playing soccer, volleyball, weight lifting, taking voice lessons, and playing the piano. I LOVE spending time with my friends, going to the mall, ice skating, biking, going to the beach, snow, and horseback riding. This year in NLC I really enjoyed working on the Congressional Award, making District Choir, and reading Science and Health. We got to travel to NYC and also go to the Adventure Unlimited ranches in Colorado over the summer. It has been a lot of fun meeting all the really cool people in my class!

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Colby

My name is Colby and I’m 15 years old. I am an avid Boston Red Sox fan, and I love to watch their games on TV and sometimes go to Fenway Park to see them play. Some of the sports I play for school are lacrosse and cross country, and I also like to play basketball and golf with my friends too.  If I’m not playing sports after school, you might find me playing my acoustic guitar. I also love listening to music. Some of my favorite rock bands are the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Coldplay, and a few of my favorite rappers are Kanye West and Lil Wayne. I usually have a lot of homework, but when I have free time, my favorite TV shows are Pysch, Family Guy, and Lost.

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David

My name is David and I live in Portland, Oregon. I was born in Redwood Shores, California, and l lived In Sacramento from 1994-1996 before heading up north.  I have a mom named Sarah, a dad named Carl, and a brother named Skyler. I also have a dog named Zelda, who is half Dalmatian and half German shepherd.

I have been playing piano for eight years and enjoy playing on a regular basis. I am involved with a local rowing club and am active with the Boy Scouts. Over the past couple years, I have worked for a local theater company as a technical intern and have enjoyed it immensely. I am a member of my local Christian Science church where I serve on the Lecture and Usher committees.

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George

My name is George. I’m a 15-year-old freshman in high school in St. Louis who’s always up for a spiritual chat. My hobbies are model railroading, writing, singing, playing the guitar, violin and acting. The NLC program helps me to focus on the tasks laid before me and also helps me to realize that God is always on my side. I really appreciate all the hard work being out into this program and hope that it stays around for years to come!

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Hanne

Hey, I'm Hanne and I'm from California. I live with my sister, parents, cat and dog. l like playing tennis and soccer, swimming, and hanging out with friends. I also really like art. I use crayons, paints, and pencils to create random drawings
and paintings. Making art on the computer is also something I like to do. I also like photography a lot. Music is another one of
my favorite things to create and listen to. I like pretty much any kind of music there is. I really like reading too and I love to
write. I'm really excited to be a part of the NLC Class of 2012.  I have had a lot of fun so far, and I've met a lot of wonderful
people who share my love of Christian Science and my goals of expressing servant leadership.

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Jesse

Hi, my name is Jesse. For the past seven years I have been home schooled, but I started public school this year. My interests include playing the violin, running, reading, and mountain biking. My hope is that through NLC I will grow more spiritually, and that I meet some great new friends. I don’t know how many of you have been there, but my favorite Christian Science camp is Camp Bow-Isle located on Bowen Island, Vancouver, B.C. if you haven’t been there then I highly suggest that you give it a try some time.

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Kristen

My name is Kristen, and I’m a freshman in high school in St. Louis. I was born in Pennsylvania, but my parents lived in New Jersey right on the border. I really enjoy drawing and doing other creative stuff with my hands. These things include sewing (I’m taking a class this term) and making stuff out of duct tape. I also do normal stuff like surfing the Internet and watching TV.  I love to shop and read books about action.

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Liza Jean

My name is Liza and I am currently a 9th grader. I enjoy school as well as sports and the fine arts. I play softball, golf and I am a cheerleader. This year I played on the varsity golf team and am currently coaching the middle school team in my community. I also play the violin in a local symphony. I have been doing all of these activities for 9 consecutive years now and love them all.

Away from all of my sports and studies, I enjoy spending time with my friends, going to the beach, and being active outside.  I am a strong believer in Christian Science and am very grateful for it. I have used it many times in situations that have changed my life. I am also really grateful to be in the NLC. I have not only made many friends that I know I will have for a lifetime, as well as enriched my understanding of Christian Science and leadership. I am said to be spunky, spontaneous, and have a sunny disposition.

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Makenna

My name is Makenna.

My favorite subjects in school are science and history.
Outside of school I am a full-on dancer. I dance 6 days a week, about 4 hours a day. Besides dance, I love to hang out with friends, listen to music, and play Guitar Hero. I also enjoy many other activities including skiing, boogie boarding, rock climbing, volleyball, bike riding, camping, kayaking, rafting, sailing, waterskiing, and more.
 
I’ve traveled to Switzerland (where I have many cousins and hiked in the Alps), Key West (where I’ve snorkeled, fished, and driven mini motor boats), across the U.S. in a VW camper with my family, the Pacific Northwest, Mexico (where I’ve ridden horses on the beach), and Cape Cod (where I’ve gone clamming.) 
 
Every Sunday I go to church for Sunday school and each summer I go to a Christian Science camp! After high school I hope to become a dancer, as well as a camp counselor.

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Tori

My name is Tori and I go to high school in Virginia. We have lived in Virginia for 7 years but I am a Californian at heart. I am 5’4” with blonde hair and blue eyes. My favorite thing to do is ride my retired racehorse Windy. I ride him every day and hope to someday be an Olympic level dressage rider like my aunt. I also have an Australian Cattle Dog named Pearl. I love to shop, have fun, and hang out with my friends. I like school and my favorite subject right now is technical drawing. My favorite color is turquoise because it reminds me of the ocean. I like all kinds of music, but my favorite kind is country. I have enjoyed my first year of NLC and encourage others to do it, too.

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