Amabelle and Yasmine 2020

Amabelle  (on right) grew up in West Warwick, RI and attended St. Rocco School where her inquisitiveness and determination stood out. Her strong academic abilities have been similarly noted during her three years at Wellesley High School where Amabelle was selected as a member of the school’s National Honor Society. In addition to her academic accolades, Amabelle is an accomplished pianist and also enjoys singing.


While at Wellesley High School, Amabelle has broadened her creative interests to include acting/performing in numerous school productions, including Zap, Sweeney Todd, Metamorphosis, Spamelot and What’s Faire is Fair. In what is left of her free time, Amabelle is an active participant in both the indoor track team and the Red Cross Club.

Host Family: Nova & Peter Biro
Academic Advisor: Christine Peloquin

Yasmine (on left) joins us from Brooklyn, NY. She enjoys athletics (basketball, softball and karate), and is a member of the Wellesley High School performing arts Tech Team.  In addition to her academic work, Yasmine has found a real niche for herself in the areas of student emotional support and female empowerment, as a member of the United Nations Foundation program Girl Up, which empowers young women to become advocates for each other and for those in need around the world, and as a member of the high school Challenge Success program which was formed as a peer to peer program to address the growing concern regarding the impact of stress and anxiety among students in our public schools. 

Host Family: Crystalle LaCouture & Scott Stedman
Academic Advisor: Linda Mooney


Shaffaf 2021

Shaffaf Fluent in her parent's native language of Urdu, Shaffaf grew up in the Bronx with her parents and older brother.  Shaffaf has wide-ranging interests and a background of school leadership, having served on her middle school student council and as Editor of the school yearbook.  She is in her second year of taking acting classes and she has participated in three WHS theater productions, Metamorphoses, Spamalot and In Orbit.


This year at WHS, she is a member of the School Council, the legislative branch of the student government. She is also taking part in the Journeys Peer Leadership Program, and is starting a Film Club with a group of friends.

Host Family: Sarah & John Butter
Academic Advisor: Cathy Cotins


Maddie 2022

Wellesley ABC would like to welcome our newest scholar, Madison (Maddie). She comes to WHS from her hometown of Brooklyn, NY. Maddie was very active at her former school as Secretary of the Student Council and member of the Art Club. She has also been involved in competitive dance, choir and swimming. She plans to continue to pursue her love of dance at WHS by joining the Moving Company, WHS’s dance group. She is also looking forward to trying new things and will enjoy the Anime Club and the Tabletop Role play Games Club. Welcome Maddie!

Host Family: Karen & Bill Haddock  

Academic Advisor: Marcy Davidson

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