TLC Welcomes New Freshmen

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Rather than texting the girls about making it into TLC, the eleven new freshman were surprised with breakfast, coffee, and roses.

Vanessa Alvarez, Editor-in-Chief

After saying farewell to the beloved seniors, the Teen Leadership Council prepares to recruit the new freshmen. On August 11, members of the Class of 2020 who were interested in the gold club began the application process. TLC’s recruitment team performed training sessions, held interviews, and work intensively to select the newest members of the club.  

Rather than texting them to welcome them to the club, moderator Danica Rodriguez thought of the clever idea of surprising the girls Friday morning. Following days filled with hard work and dedication, on August 25, TLC announced their newest members:

Noelle Choueifati

After learning that she made it in the club, Choueifati exclaims she felt a sense of relief and was extremely overjoyed at the news! Photo Credit: Vanessa Alvarez/AchonaOnline
After learning that she made it in the club, Choueifati exclaims she felt a sense of relief and was extremely overjoyed at the news!
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Noelle Choueifati, who came from Mother Teresa of Calcutta Catholic school, is one of eleven freshmen to join TLC. After hearing that only eight to ten freshmen made the club, she knew she wanted to apply because not only does she love a good challenge, but she also really loves the leadership role TLC plays in the school. Throughout her experience in the club, Choueifati is hopeful to gain confidence in her leadership skills. 
Tara Gray

Tara Gray is a freshman who moved to AHN after living in Australia. She exclaims, "I wanted to join TLC so I could use my skills and experiences to help others cope with middle school issues."
Tara Gray is a freshman who moved to AHN after living in Australia. She exclaims, “I wanted to join TLC so I could use my skills and experiences to help others cope with middle school issues.”

Mei Lamison

Freshman, Mei Lamison, had no idea what was going on when she arrived to the board room Friday morning. Initially, she expected it was another portion of the application process, however when she realized she made it into the club, she reveals she was overjoyed. Photo Credit: Vanessa Alvarez/AchonaOnline
Freshman, Mei Lamison, had no idea what was going on when she arrived to the board room Friday morning. Initially, she expected it was another portion of the application process, however when she realized she made it into the club, she reveals she was overjoyed.
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Mei Lamison attended Academy for middle school, which sparked her interest in the club.

She exclaims, “I chose to sign up for TLC because I remembered looking up to the TLC girls when I was in middle school. I thought it would be amazing to be able to help younger students who are going through the same problems I was.”

Lamison is eager for the year to come because she finally gets to run her own peer mentoring circle and lend a helping hand to the middle schoolers. Throughout her experience in TLC, the freshman member has a goal of improving not only her leadership skills.

Sophia Tweed

Sophia Tweed is a freshman who attended St. Lawrence for middle school. Tweed shares, " I joined TLC because I thought it would be a great way to grow in my skills as a leader and to learn to become mentors to middle schoolers while still being there friend." Photo Credit: Vanessa Alvarez/AchonaOnline
Sophia Tweed is a freshman who attended St. Lawrence for middle school. Tweed shares, ” I joined TLC because I thought it would be a great way to grow in my skills as a leader and to learn to become mentors to middle schoolers while still being there friend.”
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Lauren Jones

Similar to a few of the other members, Lauren Jones was a bit suspicious after receiving the text that there was an added part to the application process. She shares that when the Senior members of the clubs came out of the doors screaming “Welcome to TLC”, the first thing she thought about was all the lives she was about to impact, “and of course the delicious aroma of chicken minis.” Photo Credit: Vanessa Alvarez/AchonaOnline
Lauren Jones shares that when the Senior members of the clubs came out of the doors screaming “Welcome to TLC,” the first thing she thought about was all the lives she was about to impact, “and of course the delicious aroma of chicken minis.”
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Lauren Jones is joining the Academy and TLC from Farnell Middle School.

The freshman claims she applied for TLC because “I thought it would be a great way to give back and really make a difference in these kid’s lives. I also wish that I could’ve had a group of mentors that I could look up to and trust during those awkward middle school years.”

When she arrived Friday, Jones shares “I was secretly hoping that we’re going to arrive and everyone would be like “SIKE YOU MADE IT!” She was exactly right, she did indeed make it.

Grace Orama

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Grace Orama is considered a “lifer” at Academy since she has been attending the school since pre-school. Orama’s sister, senior Emily Orama, influenced the freshman’s decision to apply for TLC. Photo Credit: Vanessa Alvarez/AchonaOnline

Olivia Tremonti

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Similar to her sisters, 2016 graduate Gabby Tremonti and junior Sophia Tremonti, the freshman plans on joining the soccer team, while also being a part of TLC. Credit: Vanessa Alvarez/AchonaOnline

Nicole Stephan

Throughout the next four years as a member of TLC, Stephan hopes to learn more about helping people and is very eager to meet new friends and experience new things. Photo Credit: Vanessa Alvarez/AchonaOnline
Throughout the next four years as a member of TLC, Stephan hopes to learn more about helping people and is very eager to meet new friends and experience new things.
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Claire Murphy

Freshman Claire Murphy joins her sister, Sophomore Sarah Kate Murphy in the club. She wanted to join TLC to develop into a mentor and a leader. Photo Credit: Vanessa Alvarez/AchonaOnline
Freshman Claire Murphy joins her sister, Sophomore Sarah Kate Murphy in the club. She wanted to join TLC to develop into a mentor and a leader. Photo Credit: Vanessa Alvarez/AchonaOnline

Sophie Arnold

When Arnold sheheard about TLC, she instantly knew she wanted to get involved. Photo Credit: Vanessa Alvarez/AchonaOnline
When Arnold heard about TLC, she instantly knew she wanted to get involved.
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Arnold enthusiastically exclaimed, “I thought TLC is perfect because you guys influence the school in the positive way.”

The new TLC member had one of the most memorable reactions after being surprised Friday morning.  Before she knew it, girls jumped out from the balcony screaming, “Welcome to TLC!” which left Arnold so overjoyed, she started crying.

Sophia Montero

Sophia Montero is one of eleven new TLC members. She attended St. Lawrence for middle school. Photo Credit: Vanessa Alvarez/AchonaOnline
Sophia Montero is one of eleven new TLC members. She attended St. Lawrence for middle school.
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Montero shares that she chose TLC because she loves the whole concept of the club, adding “Young teenagers often don’t feel confident enough or too embarrassed to address their concerns. As a part of this group, we can assist them in situations they may be struggling in. In middle school, I wished that I had someone older then me to get help from.”

Montero  hopes to change someone’s life in the process, and remind others to keep their heads up even when times are tough. Before she realized she made it in the club, Montero shares that she was more scared than anything else, however after she found out the news, the first emotion that flooded through her was an  immense amount of happiness.

A special congratulations to all the new members of TLC, and best of luck throughout the next four years!