CAPS 9 – Class of 2022
Ethan Alcazar is a graduate of Eaton High School in Eaton, Colorado. He was in many leadership roles during his time in high school, including being an officer of his school’s Key Club, captain of his varsity golf team, trombone co-section leader in concert band, and holding various positions on the United Way’s Youth Allocations Committee Board. Ethan is well versed in mathematics, literature, hands-on fabrication, computer science and programming. In his free time, he enjoys golfing, skiing, riding road bikes, outdoor mountain activities, and working on engines.
While at Colby, Ethan plans to enroll in the Dual-Degree Engineering Program and major in physics with a minor in mathematics. At the partnering institution, he plans to major in mechanical engineering. Ethan wants to harness energy from the combustion of hydrogen, ultimately creating a highly sustainable jet engine.
Philip Ampong is a Ghanaian-born native who joined his family in the United States a year ago to further his education. He started his high school education in Ghana at Adventist Senior High School and graduated from Stebbins High School in Dayton, Ohio. Right from his first year of high school, his passion for music influenced him to join his school’s choir, which won the regional choral competition twice. In Ghana, Philip was also a member of his school’s National Science & Mathematics Quiz Team and student body government. His favorite activity, however, is volunteering as a tutor.
At Colby, Philip plans to major in computer science and participate in Colby’s Dual-Degree Engineering Program. He hopes to continue following his passion for music and partake in other extracurricular activities. During his free time, Philip may be seen playing soccer, reading a good book, or just dancing.
Lensky Augustin attended James M. Bennett High School in Salisbury, Maryland. During all four years of high school, Lensky was 1st chair double bass for the Wicomico County High School Orchestra. He was also an active member at his church, playing the piano every Sunday, and sometimes even the electric bass. Along with his passion for music, Lensky was a member of the Salisbury Americorps’ Youth Civic Council, where he helped make a difference in his community through various projects around the city. Because of his love for civic engagement, Lensky plans to create a similar program for high school students in the Waterville area.
At Colby, Lensky plans to major in psychology with a concentration in neuroscience in hopes of becoming a neurologist specializing in autism and Alzheimer’s disease. He also hopes to join the Colby Symphony Orchestra and continue playing the double bass.
Chanel Boykins is from Reynoldsburg, Ohio. She graduated from Reynoldsburg eSTEM Early College Academy as a valedictorian, honors student, and distinguished scholar. Throughout high school, Chanel was an active member of the National Honor Society and played violin for both the Reynoldsburg Concert and Symphony Orchestras. In high school, she completed an internship that investigated macroinvertebrate diversity and stream health in Central Ohio. Outside of the classroom, Chanel participated in cross country as a varsity runner for four years/
At Colby, Chanel plans to major in biochemistry. In her free time, she enjoys running, writing, and studying genealogy.
Catherine duBoulay is from Westport, Connecticut and graduated from Hopkins School in New Haven, Connecticut. She is interested in biology and chemistry, and developed a passion for neuroscience during a summer research internship at the Yale Stem Cell Center. At Colby, Catherine intends to study biology with a focus in neuroscience. She is excited to continue her research and ultimately plans on attending medical school. Catherine hopes to explore Colby’s academic offerings and pursue a minor.
Catherine played varsity tennis for all four years of high school and intends to stay active at Colby. She would like to join Colby’s Outing Club and is looking forward to exploring Maine.
Lisa Enaye is from Newtown, Connecticut and graduated from Newtown High School. She enjoys the sciences and wishes she could have fit more classes into her schedule back in high school. Her favorite science course was biotechnology, but she also enjoyed chemistry and earth science. Lisa also has many interests outside of school, including theater. She performed in musicals, was a part of the stage crew, and even directed and produced a few plays in high school. She also worked on an independent project, a children’s novel, which is embossed in braille. Lisa enjoys volunteering and has been heavily involved in service at Danbury Hospital.
While at Colby, Lisa plans to follow a pre-med track and major in psychology with a neuroscience concentration. She has a great interest in the workings of the human mind. Along with academics, Lisa looks forward to being involved in extracurricular activities such as student government, volunteer groups, and music programs.
Chioma is from Norfolk, Massachusetts and attended King Philip Regional High School. Chioma spends most of her time volunteering for a number of organizations. She started volunteering at her local library and then, during her senior year, went on to spend over 140 hours as a volunteer at Sturdy Memorial Hospital. Chioma was also active in school. She helped to create a writing center, became a writing tutor, and was a peer mentor for students with disabilities. Chioma enjoys creative writing and music, and spends her free time writing short stories and playing piano.
Chioma plans to major in psychology, with a concentration in neuroscience, and minor in creative writing. She hopes to become a doctor and is excited to explore extracurricular activities, like clubs and volunteer groups.
Jordan attended Shoreham Wading River High School, graduating with Principal’s List Honors and an AP Capstone Diploma. An active volunteer throughout her high school years, Jordan accumulated over 1,000 hours of community service. This included her work as a junior volunteer at John T. Mather Memorial Hospital, a Juvenile Bureau Court Justice for the Town of Riverhead’s Youth Court, a volunteer tutor for local students, a student government officer, and a member of her school’s Natural Helpers chapter, where she learned skills to aid at-risk students suffering from depression, anxiety, and other mental illnesses.
Additionally, Jordan was president of the National Honor Society, captain of her field hockey team, a senior member of the Stony Brook Women in Science and Engineering chapter, and a co-founder of her church’s youth group. An active Girl Scout, she attained her Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards. The latter, which centered on cardiac health in student athletes and had a valued grant equivalent of $400,000, provided free health screenings, echocardiograms (ECGs) and AED/CPR education for athletes on the East End of Long Island.
Jordan is ecstatic to be attending Colby as a Ralph Bunche Scholar and a member of CAPS 9. Maine has always been close to her heart and she has fond memories of hikes in Acadia National Park and candlepin bowling in Bangor. She is a prospective physics major on a pre-medicine track with hopes of becoming a pediatrician. Jordan is looking forward to working with esteemed faculty, amazing students, and – of course – to call herself a Mule.
Jayla graduated from Wando High School with the highest distinction, ranking in the top twenty percent of her class. She is an active volunteer at the Medical University of South Carolina, a mentor, and a varsity track athlete. Jayla plans to make a positive impact on her new Waterville community and to compete in track and field at the collegiate level. Throughout high school, Jayla focused on biomedical and health science classes. She loves to enhance her knowledge and has a strong passion for solving problems.
Jayla plans to study biochemistry and Spanish at Colby and hopes to pursue a career in genetic engineering. She is excited to learn another language and make great memories in the upcoming school year!
Emilie Pilchowski is from Renton, Washington and attended Interlake High School in Bellevue as an International Baccalaureate student. She also spent a lot of time growing up in Guadeloupe in the French Caribbean. Emilie’s primary passion is the environment, a path she pursued by taking advanced level classes in biology and environmental science. Furthermore, she volunteered at the Seattle Aquarium for three years where she interned with biologists and mentored her peers. Additionally, Emilie is actively involved in social justice. She was a member of TPAP, a teen peer advocate group, where she received training on a variety of topics, including dating violence, sexual assault, and rape prevention, gender roles, and healthy relationships. She then presented on these topics to other youth. TPAP is special in that the issues are discussed through a cultural lens, specifically focusing on the experiences of women with immigrant parents. Emilie enjoys exploring Seattle and the surrounding outdoors.
Emilie hopes to major in either environmental science or biology. Additionally, she would like to explore the possibility of double majoring or minoring in the global studies program. Finally, Emilie is excited to discover Maine’s easily accessible outdoors.
Mila Reeves, born and raised in Harlem, New York, graduated from Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School in Manhattan. At Columbia, she always gravitated towards STEM subjects, and upon entering her freshman year of high school, Mila realized this was a field she aspired to pursue in college. Her specific interests fall into the fields of biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics. She also has a knack for Spanish and is considering minoring in the language at Colby. In addition to academics, Mila enjoys playing basketball and has been a dancer, both inside and outside of school, since she was five years old. With this, she has taken over her church’s praise dance ministry as the head choreographer. Lastly, one of the main principles of Mila’s everyday life is diversity and its importance. In high school, she was an active member of the Multi-Ethnic Cultural Awareness Club, and in twelfth grade, she took on the role of being a senior leader. Her duties as a senior leader included coordinating meetings, leading presentations, and educating and provoking change in Columbia’s faculty surrounding students and their identities.
At Colby, Mila plans to take part in the Dual-Degree Engineering Program with Columbia University, majoring in either chemistry or biology and minoring in Spanish. With this, she is excited to take advantage of Colby’s amazing faculty support. She also plans to continue dancing and playing basketball at a club or intramural level. Mila hopes to take on a leadership role in cultural clubs and organizations, as this has been a non-academic passion of hers for as long as she can remember. In addition to college life, she also plans to explore the city of Waterville.
Chiamaka attended Elmont Memorial High School in Elmont, NY. Sports were a huge part of her high school years, and since seventh grade she’s played soccer, basketball, and lacrosse. Being a student before an athlete, she took AP courses and excelled in all her classes. She not only graduated at the top of her class, but was also named Scholar Athlete of the Year. Her time volunteering at her school’s PALS (Providing Autism Links and Support) program had a meaningful impact on her, and she hopes to participate in similar programs at Colby. Chiamaka plans on majoring in biology and pursuing a pre-med path in the hopes of becoming a pediatrician. Finally, Chiamaka is very excited and grateful that she is able to continue her lacrosse career at Colby.