Engage Student Leaders

Elena Morgan - President

Hi! My name is Elena Morgan, and I am the President of ENGAGE! I am from Florence, SC. My favorite subject is chemistry, and I’m planning on majoring in chemical engineering in college. I’m on the volleyball team at GSSM, and I’m also involved in the school’s mock trial team, math team, Spanish club, and news show. My favorite ice cream flavor is chocolate chip cookie dough, and my favorite hobby is traveling. When I was in 8th grade, I actually participated in one of GSSM’s ENGAGE programs, too! Now, I love being able to lead the program and help introduce more students to STEM :)

Jada Bonds - Vice President

Hi, my name is Jada! I'm from Georgetown county and I'm really excited for this year of ENGAGE. My favorite subject is chemistry and I hope to major in materials science and engineering. I also participate in sports like cheer, volleyball, and track and field. I'm also the vice president of NHS. Fun Fact: I took this picture blind! (I usually wear glasses). One of my favorite memories of ENGAGE was making the light circuit cards and all the cool designs the kids came up with. We're going to have an awesome year!

Stuti Bansal

Hi! My name is Stuti Bansal and I'm a senior at GSSM. I'm from Fort Mill, SC. My favorite STEM subject is any science, but I'm planning to major in graphic design and computer science. I was on the GSSM swim and soccer teams, but I also used to play volleyball as well as tennis, and I still play badminton in my spare time. A fun fact about me is that I love Disney movies and I love hanging out with my closest friends. I'm most excited to help you all learn more about things you enjoy, and help you enjoy the subject if you don't already!

Jack Brent

Hello! My name is Jack Brent and I am from Clinton, SC. My favorite subject is math. A fun fact about me is that I’ve been playing piano for 10 years! In addition to ENGAGE, I am in the Laurens County Cycling Club, S2S tutoring, Tri-M music club, Physics club, Environmental Club, National Honors Society and the Math team. I am excited about being part of the ENGAGE team because I enjoy teaching others!


Nat Bruss

Hello! My name is Nat Bruss. I am a junior at GSSM, and live in Easley, SC. My favorite subject is physics, specifically plasma. I love to run, read, and play video games . My favorite color is silver. I am so excited to guide young programmers on their journey to mastering the computer!


Anavami Isa

Hey! My name’s Anavami Isa. I’m from Orangeburg and I enjoy playing video games and basketball. My favorite subjects are computer science and math. I look forward to help spark your interest in computer science and STEM as we learn how to code using Kodu!


Chris LeBarron

Hey, my name is Chris LeBarron! I’m from Charleston, South Carolina and my favorite subject is biology. I’m even considering majoring in Environmental Biology in college. I’m involved in a few clubs and sports like Model UN, Science Olympiad, Social Networking, and volleyball. My favorite ice cream flavor is mint chocolate chip and my favorite animal is a red panda. My favorite part of ENGAGE is probably seeing when someone finally figures out something that’s been stumping them.

Arija Makela-Harms

Hi! My name is Arija, I am a senior at South Carolina Governor’s School for Science and Math. I am originally from Lexington, South Carolina. GSSM has provided me with an amazing environment and many opportunities to pursue my passion for biology. Some other interesting things about me include the fact that I play volleyball and I am part of several other clubs including HOSA, Science Olympiad, and NHS. A fun fact about me is that I am originally from Canada and my favorite animals are dogs and ducks. My favorite part about being in ENGAGE is being able to have fun and make jokes with others while improving my ability to learn and teach the things I have learned.

Natalie Mueller

Hi! My name is Natalie Mueller and I am from Summerville. I really like Chemistry and Engineering and I plan on being an architect. I am part of tea club, common ground, and I'm a natural helper. I have four dogs who are all boxers. I also started roller skating recently. My favorite part of ENGAGE is watching everyone learn more and more throughout the classes.

Shamitha Nandi

Hi! My name is Shamitha Nandi and I am from Sumter. My favorite subject is anything to do with biology and chemistry. I play tennis and ping pong. One fun fact about me is that I can speak 6 languages fluently. My favorite part of ENGAGE is talking to people both in and out of STEM, and also teaching and learning something new every session.


Kaki Newsome

Hi! I am Kaki and I am from Hartsville! My favorite subject, as of now, is biology (this will probably change though because I am going to take a computer science class soon?!) I play volleyball and basketball, and I am in K-pop society, drama club, and, of course, ENGAGE! Fun fact about me is that I love Mario games! And I am most excited to play around with Kodu more and get to know you guys!

Mason Nisbet

Hello! My name is Mason Nisbet, and I am a junior at GSSM! I'm from Charleston, South Carolina and I love the sciences. Specifically, my favorite subject is Biology/Environmental Studies, and I am hoping to major in Marine Biology! One of the few marine animals I don't like are crabs --who wouldn't fear the spiders of the seas? I also play volleyball and used to do competitive gymnastics. I look forward to sparking your interest in STEM subjects and I hope we can all learn a little something together!

Nadine Veracruz

Hello! My name is Nadine and I am from Florence. My favorite subject in school is either Math or ASL and I am in Asian Culture Club, MOSAIC, and ENGAGE. I love to cook and bake food, especially for my friends and family. My favorite part about ENGAGE is interacting with the students and I am super excited about everything that we have planned for this year!