Growing up in the shadow of the snow-capped Fourteeners in Denver, Colorado, Grace McCabe comes to Apogee as a true outdoor enthusiast! Grace embraced exploration out West from a young age and will embark on yet another adventure this summer as a leader on our Cape Cod and the Islands. In high school, Grace took to the Rocky Mountain summits where she clicked into skis, laced up her hiking boots, and made the most of any chance to explore with her family and siblings. Prior to leaving Colorado to pursue a degree in Political Science at Williams College, Grace left a mark on her community after founding a local program to increase educational equality at her high school. At Williams, Grace flexed her athletic muscles when she walked onto the Crew team and quickly fell in love with the demanding sport. This past year, Grace led outdoor orientation trips for incoming freshmen, acting as both an ambassador for Williams and a role model for these new students. Along with Grace’s love for beautiful Williamstown sunrises, tromps amongst the colorful hills, and supporting social justice, Grace has a strong passion for working with kids. She spent a summer volunteering at an orphanage in Nepal, taught children with mental and physical disabilities how to ski in Winter Park, Colorado, and acted as a lifeguard and swim instructor in Denver. We couldn’t be more excited to be graced (get it??) by her presence this summer as she looks forward to creating a new community and sharing in exploration with her students on the Cape!
With his energetic, thoughtful, and caring personality, Henry Lane will be an amazing leader on Apogee’s Cape Cod and the Islands trips this summer! A rising Junior at Williams College, Henry comes to us from Setauket, New York where he grew up with his two younger brothers playing board games, skiing, biking, creating digital art and wholeheartedly (and perhaps unexpectedly) supporting the New England Patriots. At Williams, Henry is pursuing double majors in Mathematics and Economics, and is a member of the Ultimate Frisbee Team, traveling with his teammates across the country to compete in California, Georgia, and locations throughout New England. A man of curiosity and ambition, Henry taught himself how to snowboard this past winter and loved it so much he joined the Officer Board of the Williams’ Ski and Snowboard Club. He also started volunteering at a local bike-repair shop this past fall in order to learn tips and tricks to keep his mountain bike in ‘tip-top’ shape. Despite all of his activities, Henry still makes time to give back to the community by volunteering in a cancer research laboratory at Stony Brook University Hospital, and tutoring middle and high school students in math this past summer. After crunching numbers and solving mathematical brainteasers with 11-18 year olds for a summer, Henry took to the wilderness to lead new freshmen in Williams’ outdoor orientation program. While taking wide-eyed Freshmen along the Appalachian Trail on a backpacking trip, Henry came to embrace and value the powerful student-leader bonds. While we couldn’t be more eager to have Henry join the team, Henry couldn’t be more eager to unplug, explore the outdoors, and inspire his students to embrace each day along the New England coast!
A Los Angeles native, Emily Blau is, to say the least, a world traveler. Emily’s passion for travel was sparked at an early age as Emily and her parents traveled every summer to various locations around the world including Denmark, Russia, Estonia, Italy, and Finland. These trips were nothing short of cultural immersions as they stayed in local homes, hostels, and campgrounds rather than hotels. Her travels didn’t stop there and by the time Emily was 20, she had traveled to all seven continents! Emily’s love for travel coincided perfectly with her love for learning and foreign aid. Emily has participated in community service trips to Dominica, Senegal, and Indonesia, and as a 2015 graduate of Dickinson College, it is no surprise that Emily graduated with a degree in International Studies with a focus on Globalization and Sustainability. Emily is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Sustainable Development with a specialization in Social Entrepreneurship from the SIT Graduate Institute in Vermont. After a wonderful summer full of lasting memories, lifelong friendships, and side-splitting laughs leading the Caribbean Service Adventure last year, Emily is thrilled to be heading back to the tropics for our Costa Rica Language & Service trip!
Thomas Gregston was born and raised in New Hampshire’s beautiful Mount Washington Valley. Growing up so close to the White Mountains with his parents and older brother, Thomas spent his free time roaming the trails – whether hiking or mountain biking. In fact, Thomas served as the Captain of his high school mountain biking team, and competed four times in the 24-Hour Great Glen Bike Race! Thomas is a 2016 graduate of Colby College where he majored in Physics and Classical Civilization. And – in the event of an emergency, Thomas is definitely the one you want to call! On campus, Thomas is a Community Advisor (Colby’s version of Resident Advisor) and an EMT through Colby’s Emergency Response team. He also acts as a mentor and supervisor for peers and teens at a Waterville, Maine facility that provides local kids with a safe and supportive space during after school hours. Although Thomas is extremely involved on the Colby campus, he has also had plenty of experiences combining a love for learning and travel. Over the past few years, Thomas has traveled to Cuba as a part of a comparative legal studies class, the Borderlands between Canada’s Yukon and Alaska for an eight-week archaeological field school, and Guatemala for a week long service project. In September, Thomas will begin a two year teaching fellow at St. Paul’s School as a part of the Penn Residency Master’s in Teaching Program with the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education. A newly-minted marathon finisher, Thomas is very much looking forward to working with great Apogee students on our Costa Rica Language & Service trip (oh, yeah – he speaks Spanish, too!)!