The Counselors of 2017
E L A N A
Middle Name: Marcyes
Nicknames: Ellie or Ellie belly
School: Sheridan College
Major: Exercise Science, Personal training and Dietetics
Hometown: I was born in the beautiful town of Sheridan, WY, and I live in breathtaking Dayton, WY.
Tell us a little more about yourself: I have one amazing older sister and three very obnoxious little brothers. I live on a ranch so technically, I own: 20 cows, 4 bulls, 1 horse, 23 chickens, 2 dogs (Tobee- little dog, Bee- black lab), 2 cats (Lacier and Socks), a beta fish and 3 pigs.
Interesting Tidbit: I have never had chicken and dumplings.... it looks nasty!!
Favorite Animal: A penguin
Favorite Movies: Either The Longest Ride or Sherlock Holmes. Who doesn't like a chick flick and mystery?!
Favorite Verse: Romans 2:12 "Do not be conformed to this age but be transformed in the renewing of the mind for the good, great, perfect will of God."
Favorite Superhero: My mother! But excluding her, Hawkeye.
Would you rather change species every time you sneezed or not be able to tell the difference between a muffin and a baby? Sneeze and change species because if I couldn't tell the difference between a muffin and a baby, I would try and eat the baby which isn't cool!
H A N N A H - P A I G E
Middle Name: Paige
Nicknames: HP, H-Pizzle
School: The University of Georgia. Go dawgs!
Major: I am a Health Promotion major.
Hometown: I was born in Phoenix, Arizona but I live in Savannah, Georgia.
Tell us a little more about yourself: I am the middle child! I have an older sister and a younger brother. I have 2 dogs- Cali, a 15-year old miniature schnauzer, and Scout, a super adorable lab mix!
Interesting Tidbit: I used to be on my high school's sailing team!
Favorite Animal: Dogs, of course!
Favorite Movies: How to Train Your Dragon!
Favorite Verse: Matthew 11:29-30 "Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light."
Favorite Superhero: Thor!
Would you rather fight 100 duck-sized horses or 1 horse-sized duck? 100 duck sized horses. They would be so cute!!!!
J E S S I E
Middle Name: Marie
Nicknames: Hessers, J-sluis, Gibby, Jessie-kinz, Female.
School: Grand Valley State University
Hometown: I was born and raised in Grand Rapids, MI.
Tell us a little more about yourself: I am the third of three kids, I have two older brothers affectionately known as “Thing 1" and "Thing 2." In the course of my childhood I’ve had chickens, rats, birds, a snake, gerbil, around 30 cats/kittens, and 2 dogs and who knows how many goldfish.
Interesting Tidbit: I once ate an entire fistful of sand for no other reason than my brother told me to.
Favorite Animal: SLOTH: they’re so disgusting it’s cute.
Favorite Movies: Braveheart, it just has everything: great acting, good plot line, action, symbolism, etc.
Favorite Verse: Deuteronomy 33:12: "About Benjamin he said: 'Let the beloved of the Lord rest secure in him, for he shields him all day long, and the one the Lord loves rests between his shoulders.' "
Favorite Superhero: Hercules: I really appreciate the song “I can go the Distance” last year when I was flying to camp I started skipping through the airport listening to that song, I may have gotten a few odd looks, but what are you going to do?
Would you rather have a dinosaur as a pet or a unicorn? Dinosaur, as long as he could fly. I could finally travel the world safely and for free. At some point my dino would probably need some nourishment so we could always stop at a farm, he’d eat the cows and I’d pick the vegetables; farmers would be too shocked to stop us…free lunch.
M A D D I E
Middle Name: Elise
Nicknames: Mad Dog, Mads, Mad, Braggs, Braggtag, Maddie Braggilicious
School: Hillsdale College
Hometown: I was born in St. Paul, Minnesota! My family has also lived in Huntington Beach, California, and then moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan two years ago.
Tell us a little more about yourself: I am the oldest of three - I have one younger sister and one younger brother! I have two dogs - a small, very old Maltipoo named Coco, and a spazzy Goldendoodle puppy named Tater.
Interesting Tidbit: I reached my height of fame when I was on a billboard as a 3-year old.
Favorite Animal: Penguins and elephants
Favorite Movies: Pirates of the Caribbean #1
Favorite Verse: Romans 8:38-39, " For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord."
Favorite Superhero: Spiderman!
Would you rather fight 100 duck sized horses or 1 horse sized duck? 100 duck sized horses...I have a little bit of a bird fear so I could not handle such a huge duck.
R A C H E L
Middle Name: Olivia
Nicknames: Ray, Rach, RayRay, Roe
School: Dordt College
Major: Elementary Education
Tell us a little more about yourself: I am the youngest of 4 girls. (Marisa is 30, Rebecca is 26, Laura is 24, and I have an amazing brother-in-law who is married to Rebecca). I had 7 chickens, (more like dogs with wings) but now only have 5. (RIP- Snowball & Len)
Interesting Tidbit: I have tiny hands (as seen in picture), and I once dressed as Bilbo for The Hobbit movie premiere.
Favorite Animal: Sloth (obviously three-toed)
Favorite Movies: The Lord of The Rings Trilogy
Favorite Verse: James 4:14, "Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes."
Favorite Superhero: Thor- strictly because he has the best flow I have ever seen.
Would you rather change species every time you sneezed or not be able to tell the difference between a muffin and a baby? Not be able to tell a difference between a baby and muffin (they are similar to begin with, lets be honest)
S E R E N A
Middle Name: Dawn
Nicknames: No one has been able to come up with one so good luck!
School: Montana State University
Major: Graphic Design
Hometown: Born and raised in Bozeman, MT
Tell us a little more about yourself: I have an older bro and a younger sis! I have 2 dawgys
Interesting Tidbit: I'm obsessed with brushing my teeth, and I have the loudest sneeze of anyone I've ever known.
Favorite Animal: Narwhal
Favorite Movies: What's Up, Doc?
Favorite Verse: Psalm 106:1, "Praise the LORD. Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; his love endures forever."
Favorite Superhero: Wonder Woman!!
Would you rather speak any language fluently or talk to animals? Talk to animals. Duh!!!
E M I L Y
Middle Name: Caroline
Nicknames: Emi, Em, Emalee. All pretty standard, I guess
School:The Academy of Arts in Taylors, SC
Major: I am a Dramatic Productions Major
Hometown: I was born in Hood River Oregon, and now I live in the humid state of South Carolina.
Tell us a little more about yourself: I am the 3rd of 11 kids: I have an older brother and sister, and 4 younger brothers and 4 younger sisters. I have a horse named Gynger, and 6 other family horses. A dog named Potter, and 2 cats, Lucy and Milo.
Interesting Tidbit: I love snowboarding in Colorado!
Favorite Animal: I love horses and baby squirrels!
Favorite Movies: Megamind!
Favorite Verse: That would be Romans 1:16, "For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile."
Favorite Superhero: Dare I say, “Megamind”?
Would you rather change species every time you sneezed or not be able to tell the difference between a muffin and a baby? Probably change species when I sneeze. Because I’d hate the thought of what would happen during breakfast if I couldn’t tell the difference between muffins and babies… :/
J A N A
Middle Name: Christine
Nicknames: J, Jana Banana, Jaybird...that's it really, not a lot you can do with Jana
School: THE Montana State University
Major: Secondary English Education with a minor in Human Development
Hometown: Born and raised in Billings, MT
Tell us a little more about yourself: I am the oldest of three - I have a younger brother (TJ – 17) and a younger sister (Megan – 15). I have two pets – a border collie/black lab mutt named Samson (who I love dearly) and a cat named Dobby (who is ok I guess).
Interesting Tidbit: I am a big time coffee fanatic. Lattes, americanos, macchiatos… ALL OF IT!!!
Favorite Animal: Puppies!!!!!! Or Penguins they’re super cool too
Favorite Movies: Either Rain Man or Good Will Hunting
Favorite Verse: 2 Corinthians 12:9-10, "But he said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.' Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong."
Favorite Superhero: Spiderman
Would you rather change species every time you sneezed or not be able to tell the difference between a muffin and a baby?What the world?! I guess probably change species every time I sneeze because I usually sneeze twice in a row anyway so I wouldn’t be stuck that way too long.
K A T
Middle Name: Rose
School: Indiana Wesleyan University
Major: Elementary Education with a minor in Language Arts and a concentration in Exceptional Needs Education
Hometown: Hoosier state, born and raised! I was born in the city of South Bend, and grew up in Shipshewana, Indiana.
Tell us a little more about yourself: I am the middle child out of 3 girls! I have 2 beagles: Buckley and Sammi.
Interesting Tidbit: I can pick up accents pretty quickly, and sometimes slip into them by accident.
Favorite Animal: Definitely horses.
Favorite Movies: Tarzan (the Disney animated version, of course)
Favorite Verse: While I can’t quite narrow it down, Exodus 14:14 is definitely in my Top 5. (“The Lord will fight for you--you need only to be still.”) [Philippians 4:8 is also worth mentioning, by the way - "Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent of praiseworthy--think about such things."]
Favorite Superhero: Captain America
Would you rather fight 100 duck-sized horses or 1 horse-sized duck? 1 horse-sized duck. While ducks may be vicious, I think I can outrun them more easily than 100 little horses.
R E M I
Middle Name: Kay
Nicknames: Rem-Dawg, Remilicious, Remalemadingdong, Imer
School: Spring Arbor University
Hometown: Grand Rapids MI, I’m from all over ( I have moved over 15 times)
Tell us a little more about yourself: I am the 2nd of 3 children, I have one older brother and one younger brother; No pets….CURRENTLY
Interesting Tidbit: I can make bird noises and trumpet noises with my mouse, if nursing fails I want to do noises for animation 😜
Favorite Animal: Platypus
Favorite Movies: Nacho Libre
Favorite Verse: Galatians 2:20, "I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me." or 2 Corinthians 12:9, "But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me."
Favorite Superhero: Dr. Strange
Would you rather fight 100 duck-sized horses or 1 horse-sized duck? 100 duck sized horses for sure - ducks are savage small. I couldn’t imagine one huge. I’ve had nightmares about stuff like that.
A U S T E N
Middle Name: Lee
Nicknames: I don't have many nicknames. Buddy is what my family calls me, Scammon is what teammates call me, and Sturdle was my Camp Bethel name... Nothing too crazy!
Hometown: I was born in Billings, MT, and I am from Dayton Wyoming
Tell us a little more about yourself: I am the oldest sibling, and I have 2 younger sisters, Emma and McKinlee. I have two cats, Bianca and Toulouse. And a fish named Finnegan.
Interesting Tidbit: Through camp I have discovered two hidden gifts of mine--Puppets and making Balloon Animals
Favorite Animal: Cat
Favorite Movies: Life of Pi
Favorite Verse: Sheesh, that's hard to narrow down. Um so I'll choose 2--Proverbs 17:17, "A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity," and Hebrews 10:24-25, "And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the day drawing near".
Favorite Superhero: Spiderman or Flash
Would you rather fight 100 duck sized horses or 1 horse sized duck? I'd rather fight a big old duck. A bunch of little horses would be very stressful. Can you imagine all their little hooves stepping on your toes? No thanks.
G E O R G E
Middle Name: Riley
Nicknames: Double A, Dolla Bill, Grandpa
School: Grand Canyon University - Lopes Up!!
Major: Christian Studies
Hometown: Phoenix born and raised
Tell us a little more about yourself: I am the oldest with 2 younger sisters, Emma and Destiney. I have a dog named Digory
Interesting Tidbit: I enjoy gardening
Favorite Animal: Liger
Favorite Movies: Star Wars
Favorite Verse: Mathew 6:33, "But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well."
Favorite Superhero: Star lord (Guardians of the Galaxy)
Would you rather cry hot sauce or sweat mayonnaise? Cry hot sauce! I cry a lot less than I sweat! And I just think Mayo is gross!!
K Y L E
Middle Name: Jay
Hometown: Born and raised in Homer, AK
Tell us a little more about yourself: I have two younger brothers and a younger sister; I have a black lab back home in Alaska.
Interesting Tidbit: I like watching anime and listening to ska music
Favorite Animal: Golden eagle
Favorite Movies: Robin Hood: Men in Tights
Favorite Verse: Isaiah 40:31, "but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint."
Favorite Superhero: Multiple Man
Would you rather be talk or look like Jar-Jar Binks? Look like Jar-Jar Binks. I couldn't stand ever talking like him plus he jumps super high so that'd be pretty cool! (and he can breathe underwater too)
M I T C H
Middle Name: Alan
Nicknames: I've never had a nickname but my AAU coach called me "Magic Man" and my mom called me "Moo Bug" or "Bugsy" when I was little, so either of those I guess are nicknames.
School: Kansas State University
Major: Biomedical Engineering
Hometown: Born in Shawnee, KS, and still from Shawnee, KS.
Tell us a little more about yourself: I am the second of two children - one older brother; 1 cat, Clyde (got him from Clydehurst)
Interesting Tidbit: I haven't read a complete book in over 2 years.
Favorite Animal: Orca
Favorite Movies: The Dark Knight
Favorite Verse: 1 Corinthians 15:55 “O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?”
Favorite Superhero: Wolverine
Would you rather have a cat with a dog's personality or a dog with a cat's personality? A cat with a dog's personality (Clyde pretty much is a dog)
Middle Name: Allen
Nicknames: T-Wayne, Tyrone, Tyga
School: North Dakota State University (already graduated)
Major: Strategic Communication
Hometown: I was born in Bismarck, ND. I am from Taylor, ND.
Tell us a little more about yourself: I have one older brother; My parents have a beautiful dog. They named her Cookie, but I respectfully abstain from calling her that. To me her name is Leona Lewis.
Interesting Tidbit: I am a four-time ping pong champion at Richardton-Taylor High School.
Favorite Animal: Dog
Favorite Movies: SALT
Favorite Verse: Deuteronomy 7:6-8, “For you are a people holy to the Lord your God. The Lord your God has chosen you to be a people for his treasured possession, out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth. It was not because you were more in number than any other people that the Lord set his love on you and chose you, for you were the fewest of all peoples, but it is because the Lord loves you and is keeping the oath that he swore to your fathers, that the Lord has brought you out with a mighty hand and redeemed you from the house of slavery, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt.”
Favorite Superhero: Yoshi (Underappreciated hero in Mario and Luigi’s quest to save the princess)
Would you rather have a dinosaur as a pet or a unicorn? A unicorn would be absolutely magical. Its name would be Black Thunder (I don’t care if it’s white) and I’d ride it through the enchanted forest every day at dawn.
B R A N D E N
Hometown: Born in Hamilton, MT but grew up in Corvallis, MT
Tell us a little more about yourself: I have 1 older sister; I also have one dog back home with my parents, a 15-year-old black pug who is awesome
Interesting Tidbit: Last year I spent every weekend I had off from work from June through November in the mountains either hiking, backpacking, scouting, or hunting. I love being in the mountains!
Favorite Animal: Rocky Mountain Elk
Favorite Movies: Forrest Gump
Favorite Verse: Matthew 22:37-39, "Jesus replied, 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'"
Would you rather have a pet dinosaur or a pet unicorn? A pet dinosaur - preferably a velociraptor
E L I
Middle Name: Joel
Nicknames: Elitricity, E
School: School of Mines South Dakota
Major: Computer Science
Hometown: Born In Spearfish, South Dakota
Tell us a little more about yourself: I have 2 Brothers, one older, one younger; I have one dog named Jesse.
Interesting Tidbit: Frogs cannot swallow with their eyes open.
Favorite Animal: Aardvark
Favorite Movies: The Lego Movie
Favorite Verse: Jeremiah 29:11, " 'For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the Lord, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.' "
Favorite Superhero: Ironman or Spiderman
Would you rather have a dinosaur as a pet or a unicorn? I would rather have a dinosaur as a pet, and It would have to be a T-Rex
J O R D A N
Middle Name: Kent
Nicknames: Jo, Big J, Jordie, JP
School: Southeastern Oklahoma State University
Hometown: I was born in Durant, Oklahoma and I am from Colbert, Oklahoma.
Tell us a little more about yourself: I have one older sister. I do not own any pets but my dad owns rabbits.
Interesting Tidbit: Ican play three musical instruments.
Favorite Animal: A Lion
Favorite Movies: Secret Life of Walter Mitty
Favorite Verse: John 14:1, “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me.”
Would you rather be a centaur or a mermaid/man? A merman (If that’s what their called)!!
M A R R R R R R K
Middle Name: Daniel
Nicknames: The Hammer
School: Montana State University (but heading to the Army in the fall)
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Hometown: Geneva, IL
Tell us a little more about yourself: I am the middle child, one older brother Michael (2 years older), one younger sister Margaret, who's 4 years younger. I have a dog named Millie.
Interesting Tidbit: My birthday is September 21 like the song.
Favorite Animal: Elephant
Favorite Movies: Braveheart
Favorite Verse: Currently 1 Peter 4:1-2, "Therefore, since Christ suffered in his body, arm yourselves also with the same attitude, because whoever suffers in the body is done with sin. As a result, they do not live the rest of their earthly lives for evil human desires, but rather for the will of God."
Favorite Superhero: Adam Brown
Would you rather have a cat with a dog's personality or a dog with a cat's personality? dog with a cat's personality (Cat's SUCK!)
R Y A N
Middle Name: Ryan. You can probably put Michael here. I know I am complicated. (Real name is Michael Ryan; I go by Ryan though)
Nicknames: Barnett, Rhino
School: Texas State University
Hometown: Born and raised in San Marcos, Texas
Tell us a little more about yourself: 1 older sister; 1 dog Jersey and 1 cat named Sugarbelle.
Interesting Tidbit: I once gave a speech on how to make the perfect s'more for a class.
Favorite Animal: A manatee because who wouldn't want to play in water all day!
Favorite Movies: Cars 1 and Cars 2 -- super stoked for Cars 3
Favorite Verse: Ecclesiastes 8:15, "So I commend the enjoyment of life, because there is nothing better for a person under the sun than to eat and drink and be glad. Then joy will accompany them in their toil all the days of the life God has given them under the sun."
Favorite Superhero: Jack Jack from The Incredibles
Would you rather be a centaur or a mermaid/man? Definitely want to be a merman (see my Favorite Animal answer above)!!
T Y L E R
Middle Name: Scott
Nicknames: Twills, Twillis, Tatum, Tashanda
School: Grand Canyon University (Lopes up!!)
Hometown: Born in Phoenix, AZ, but from Anthem, AZ
Tell us a little more about yourself: 2 Sisters; A dog named Baby, 2 turtles
Interesting Tidbit: Iam part bald eagle and can caw to my fellow wing-ed brethren calling them to come feast with me.
Favorite Animal: Bald Eagle
Favorite Verse: Romans 5:8, "ut God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us."
Favorite Superhero: Flash
Would you rather be a centaur or a mermaid/man? Neither! Bald eagle!! (Oh wait, I already am one). 'Murica!! 🇺🇸🦅
E M M A
Nicknames: Em, Emmers, Hot Stuff, Coolest Woman on Earth, etc.
School: Lol What is school?
Major: See above
Hometown: Born in Shawnee, KS. Living in Billings, MT.
Tell us a little more about yourself: I have one older brother and "two-ish" younger brothers; I have two dogs and a cat, and by proxy Layla the Golden(b)eagle
Interesting Tidbit: One time I was on TV for standing in line at The Great Food Truck Race
Favorite Animal: Giant panda
Favorite Movies: E.T.
Favorite Verse: 1 Samuel 17:47, "and this whole assembly will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves, for the battle is the Lord's. He will hand you over to us."
Favorite Superhero: Bible Man
Would you rather be Spiderman or Batman? I think Spiderman because it would hurt to talk like Batman all the time.
Thank you! You are all set.