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.
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, volunteeringand 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
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.