Shaffaf 2021

Shaffaf grew up in the Bronx, New York, but recently moved to New Jersey. Since entering Wellesley High School, she has cultivated an interest in acting and has performed in school productions including the One Act festivals, Spamalot, In Orbit, and Everyone Gets Eaten By Sharks. Aside from performing arts, Shaffaf is an active member in the school community and is part of the Journeys Peer Support Program, which aims to create an inclusive and welcoming environment for underclassmen, as well as the School Council, which makes recommendations to the principal on matters of school policy, culture, and curriculum. In her free time, she enjoys listening to music, being funny on Twitter, and hanging out with her friends.

Host Family: Sarah & John Butter

Academic Advisor: Cathy Cotins



Maddie 2022

Madison (Maddie) transferred to WHS from Brooklyn, NY in her Sophomore year and is now entering her Junior year. Over these past two years, Maddie has been very active in visual and performing arts. A dancer for nine years and counting, she joined a dance group at WHS called Moving Company to continue to pursue her love of dance and plans to continue being a member. She also enjoys painting and drawing and took WHS’ Drawing and Painting 1 class last year. She plans to continue attending Art Club this year to continue working on her art. She aims to be more social this year, so she is taking on acting to help build confidence and learn self-expression. 

Host Family: Karen & Bill Haddock

Academic Advisor: Marcy Davidson



Corniellia 2023

Corniellia was born and raised in Newark, NJ. She attended Linden Hall in Lititz, PA for 1 year as a 9th grader. She has a light and bubbly personality that brings joy to all. She has been dancing for 8 years and loves learning dance covers and enjoys watching musicals. In her time studying at Wellesley High School,  Corniellia hopes to become proficient in Mandarin and take courses focused on law.

Host Family: Lisa Siegel & David Stein

Academic Advisor: Anne Benning



Miah 2023

Miah is a fifteen-year-old Sophomore who transferred to Wellesley High School this year. Growing up in South River, New Jersey she participated in a number of activities such as dance, cheerleading, and soccer. Miah has also been involved in local drama productions. As an eighth grader working with high schoolers she was able to play the role of Mrs. Potts in her local production of Beauty and the Beast and hopes to expand her knowledge of acting. In the future, Miah anticipates involving herself in a multitude of different clubs and school events.

Host Family: Jane & David Nielson

Academic Advisor: Hope Schroy



Kyara 2024

Kyara comes from Lawrence, Massachusetts. She enjoys visual arts, science, and the performing arts. She was involved in the Youth Development Organization’s summer and after school program, where she took part in many activities in the STEM and arts department.

Host Family: Nancy Joyce & Rene Jarquin

Academic Advisor: Maxine Roberts



Leah 2024

Leah was born in The Bronx, but grew up in Connecticut. She’s played lacrosse since the third grade and has been swimming since she was two years old. While she is at Wellesley High School, she hopes to continue lacrosse and try: wrestling, football, and softball. In middle school she was on the debate team and hopes to continue debating.When she grows up she hopes to attend Army West Point and after four years of service become an FBI agent.

Host Family: Tammy Feldman & Charlie Purtell

Academic Advisor: Charmaine Hartnett