Meet the General Counselors

Michelle Lachner

First Name: Michele
Last Name: Lachner
Hometown: Tallahassee, Florida
Current grade:Graduate Student

School: Arizona State University Online

2021 will be my First year at Vega: 

Hobbies/favorite activities: Some of my favorite hobbies are reading, writing my own fictional stories, playing soccer, running, traveling, and spending time with family.

What was the hardest part about summer 2020: The hardest part of summer 2020 was not traveling or going to Maine for the first time since I was nine years old.

Something new that I learned during the pandemic/summer 2020: One thing that I have learned during the pandemic/summer 2020 is having to adjust to change and making the best of unfavorable circumstances.

What are you most excited for for Vega 2021: I am excited to meet people from all over the world, try new things, and create bonds that will last for a long time.

 

 

Emily Pyle

 

First Name: Emily
Last Name: Pyle
Hometown: Cape Town, South Africa

Current grade: Final year at University

School: Stellenbosch University

2021 will be my first year at Vega

Hobbies/favorite activities: I love travel, theatre and being outdoors! Additionally, I love reading, volunteering and working with children.

What was the hardest part about summer 2020: It was difficult having to leave my friends at University, move back home and work online. It was very difficult not being able to leave the house, even for exercise, due to South Africa’s strict lockdown policies.

Something new that I learned during the pandemic/summer 2020:During the pandemic I spent a lot of time learning about art through online art workshops as well as yoga.

What are you most excited for for Vega 2021:I am so excited to meet all the campers and staff, and to make the most of every day in order to create an unforgettable summer!

 

First Name: Eden

Last Name: Conner

Hometown: Saipan, MP

2021 will be my 1st year at Vega.

Hobbies/favorite activities: Getting out of my comfort zone, hiking, and cooking.

What was the hardest part about summer 2020: Working alone during quarantine.

Something new that I learned during the pandemic/summer 2020: How to enjoy my own company.

What are you most excited for for Vega 2021: Meeting new people and all the fun summer activities.

 
 

First Name: Prisca

Last Name:Bilong

Hometown: Upper Marlboro , Maryland .

2021 will be my first year at Vega 

Hobbies/favorite activities: I love eating , food is my best friend 

What was the hardest part about summer 2020: Not being able to spend time with my friends .

Something new that I learned during the pandemic/summer 2020: going out to shop is so overrated !

What are you most excited for for Vega 2021 : I’m super excited to meet new faces and creating great memories 

 

First Name: Zikenna “Zi” 

Last Name: Parker

2021 will be my First year at Vega 

Hobbies/favorite activities:  basketball

What was the hardest part about summer 2020: Snacking all the time

Something new that I learned during the pandemic/summer 2020: I learned to just go for it . Time waits for No One 

What are you most excited for for Vega 2021: I’m just excited about having the opportunity to be apart of the camp and experience it all for the first time 

 

First Name:     Claire

Last Name:     Callahan

Hometown:     Fairfax, VA

School/Current grade:  George Mason University Class of 2017 

2021 will be my first year at Vega 

Hobbies/favorite activities: My hobbies include reading, painting, and anything outdoors, especially going on walks, hiking, playing beach volleyball, boating, and going swimming. I love going to the movie theater and seeing new releases, but my very favorite activity that I spend most of my free time doing is reading outside (specifically next to a body of water – the pool, the beach, the lake, anything that flows!). I also enjoy trivia, whether it’s attending trivia nights or watching Jeopardy! every night with my parents. 

What was the hardest part about summer 2020: The hardest part about Summer 2020 was not being able to see or spend time with my family. My older sister and my very best friend, Meagan, was supposed to get married in May of 2020, but due to the pandemic has had to postpone three times. It was disappointing for everyone and I know she was devastated! Meagan lives in New York City, along with almost all of my aunts, uncles, cousins, and my grandmother. My parents are both one of eight children, which gave me fifty-three first cousins, and believe it or not I have a very close relationship with almost every single one! The summer is when I get to spend the most time with them – the entire extended family spends a week or two every summer in Montauk, NY and my parents and I drive up for every holiday, but unfortunately we weren’t able to do any of that this year. I visited with any of my family in New York since February of 2020, and I miss them so much!

Something new that I learned during the pandemic/summer 2020: What I learned during the COVID-19 pandemic/Summer 2020 is to simply live your best life while you can. In November 2019, I had Achilles repair surgery that had some complications. I was unable to drive or walk without crutches and a boot for months. I walked unassisted for the first time on March 10, 2020. On March 16, the governor of my home state of Virginia went into a complete shutdown effective until June 10. I had spent the months leading up to the shutdown entertaining myself with indoor activities at home, so in a way I was more prepared to stay home/stay inside more than most people because I had been doing exactly that. However, I had also spent those months counting down the days until I could drive myself around again, get moving, get outside, get back to work, and resume my normal activities. My injury and quarantine have changed my perspective on life immensely. Before, I habitually declined invitations from my friends or postponed activities thinking “I can do this another day” and chose to read or watch movies by myself instead. I learned not to take those opportunities for granted and to take advantage of them while you have the chance to do so, because you never know what the future holds. 

What are you most excited for for Vega 2021: What I am most excited for for Camp Vega 2021 is joining such an amazing community. This will be my first year at the camp, and I have already been welcomed with such open arms. I have felt enormous amounts of kindness and support from each and every staff member I have had the pleasure of speaking with, and I can tell how much they love Camp Vega. I can’t wait to spend the summer in such a beautiful place with such beautiful people! I have never had the privilege of visiting Maine before and I am very much looking forward to a summer under the stars on the shores of Echo Lake. 

 

First Name: Alondra

Last Name: Vicente Torréns

Hometown: Carolina, Puerto Rico

Current grade: 2nd year of university

School: Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico

2021 will be my first year at Vega

Hobbies/favorite activities: reading, being outdoors, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.

What was the hardest part about summer 2020: The hardest thing about the summer of 2020 was not being able to go out with my family and friends. And getting used to the new lifestyle.

Something new that I learned during the pandemic /summer 2020: I learned that life is uncertain and unpredictable and that is what makes it so exciting.

What are you most excited about Vega 2021: I am so excited to create new memories with everyone and to make the most of every day to have an incredible summer.

 

First Name: Olivia

Last Name: Bang

School: Dixie State University 

Hometown: St. George Utah

Current grade: Freshman

2021 will be my first year at Vega (do not include 2020):

Hobbies/favorite activities: I really enjoy painting, playing the piano, and sewing. I’m really involved with the local community theater in my home town, I’m also a part of an improv group with my school (go Mischief Improv!) super nerdy but the best time I’ve had in my life. I love the outdoors, especially in fall and spring. I love my family, especially when we get to do plays together, and I’m always excited to try something new!

What was the hardest part about summer 2020: The hardest part about the summer of 2020 was definitely the effect it had on my grandparents. Because of covid they obviously couldn’t visit us from Salt Lake, and it was even scarier when my grandma actually ended up getting covid. But she turned out just fine and now with the new guidelines and precautions she is allowed to come see us again. But I know a ton of people whose families lost a whole lot. I consider myself lucky that a small travel inconvenience and adjusting to all the new precautions was the worst of my covid troubles.

Something new that I learned during the pandemic/summer 2020: I learned a lot about family. It’s interesting the things you learn about people when you’re cooped up with them in a pandemic. I learned that my brother is freakishly good a pool and can sit incredibly still for a portrait, my sister can withstand a decent amount of pain (nothing concerning, she’s 9 and pulled out a loose tooth all by herself), and my other brother never ceased to amaze us with his piano playing. He’s 13 years old and plays better than me! And not to forget about my parents who have always been the greatest but became even more so in the face of crisis. It’s easy to love people when everything is going great, but you find that if you can love people through loss, confusion, and terror, you learn that you not only love them (because they’re your family and you have to) but you also just really like them as people. I have an amazing and very funny family. 

What are you most excited for for Vega 2021: I’m so excited to meet everyone, get to know all the girls, and help out with all the fun activities! This will be my first time going to Maine and I am over the moon. I’m so thrilled to be a part of the Camp Vega team this year and to hopefully make this the best summer ever!

 

First Name: Estelle 

Last Name: Clegg

Hometown: Manchester

Current grade: First Year of University 

School: Liverpool Hope University 

2021 will be my 1st year at Vega

Hobbies/favorite activities: Swimming, Netball and coaching trampolining 

What was the hardest part about summer 2020: Not being able to make it to camp 

Something new that I learned during the pandemic/summer 2020: To take every opportunity I have to do things and you never know when things might change 

What are you most excited for for Vega 2021: To experience camp life for the first time and make sure all the girls have the best summer! 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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