MEET THE TEAM
My name is Reilly Kungl. I am 18 years old, and I am currently a senior at Cannon School. I was originally born in Allentown, Pennsylvania, and at the age of 6, my family moved to Davidson, North Carolina. I have been here ever since. I am currently involved in my community by being a big brother at the Boys and Girls Club of Concord for the past 2 years. Also, I had the pleasure of participating in a week-long Habitat for Humanity trip this past winter. For the past 3 years while at Cannon, I have been on the varsity baseball team and have been involved in the student ambassador network an in student government. Just recently, I was honored to be elected Student Body President for the 2020-2021 academic year. I am also in the Chinese and History honor societies. Lastly, I have enjoyed working at my local Publix for the past 3 years as well. Getting involved in the community is important to me because you are able to create relationships with people you would never have connected with before. these relationships are so very special and will always have a place in my heart.
Hello! My name is Drake Griffith, and I am a senior at Cannon School. I was born in Princeton, New Jersey, but I call North Carolina home as I moved to Kannapolis when I was three years old. I am currently involved in various leadership positions, academic honor societies (English, History, and Chinese) and athletic teams (Cross Country and Track) at Cannon School. While academics and athletics are two big focuses of mine, another passion is community service. Since 6th grade, I have been involved in many different community service programs and activities, and I was awarded the Presidential Community Service Award in 2019. I have volunteered in past summers to intern for both NC Governor Roy Cooper and US Congressman Richard Hudson. Of special note, for the summers of 2018 and 2019, I have had the honor and privilege of participating as a one-on-one helper camper in the HUGS program (Helping Understand God through Sharing). Sponsored by the Episcopal Diocese of NC, HUGS offers special needs adults the opportunity to participate in the traditional summer camp experience. My passion for using my talents and resources to give back to my community led me to the idea and founding of the Spread JOY project in the spring of 2020. Project Spread JOY gives me an opportunity to give back to the world and to others. "Giving back" is a top priority in my life.
Hi! My name is Harrison Powe. I was born in Huntersville, North Carolina, and have lived here my whole life. I am a senior at Lake Norman Charter High School. Alongside my schoolwork, I am also a competitive swimmer. Being a competitive swimming requires 25 hours a week of training, 11 months out of the year, on top of my school work. Additionally, I am an honors student, currently carrying a 4.0 GPA and at the top of my class. Needless to say, I am dedicated to my academics swimming, which has paid off as I have just recently committed to Brown University! Project Spread JOY gives me an opportunity to connect with older generations and make relationships with people much wiser and with more knowledge than me. It has made me see things from different perspectives which has helped me grow as a person.
JOY Volunteer Coordinator
& Social Media Specialist
Hi! My name is Amaya Hanley, and I am a 17 year old senior at Hough High School. I was born in Arizona and I currently live in Davidson, North Carolina. Outside of school I am a competitive swimmer at SwimMac Carolina. I am also apart of leadership at school, having been the Vice President of my class since freshman year! We help out our school and community by running a lot of fun events, such as our annual color run, senior citizen Valentine's Day dance, and kickball tournaments and food drives for retired veterans. I am beyond thrilled to be a part of Project Spread JOY because I love engaging and communicating with different poeple and putting a smile on someone's face. Helping others is my passion, and I think that this project is going to be an incredible way to make a difference in our community. I can't put inot words how excited I am for this project, and the connections we build through it will have everlasting impacts on all lives involved.
I was born in Philadelphia. I live in North Carolina and attend Cannon School. I find interest in sports, social events, volunteer work, music, and helping others. I volunteered as a coach for a U10 lacrosse team my freshman year to give back to the community. In total I have about 80 hours of community service just from that experience. I would like to volunteer for Joy because I enjoy interacting with others and helping others when they need it. I’ve been in contact with my grandparents more than any of my family and it’s always good to check up on them. And when I saw what Joy was doing, I knew I wanted to be a part of it any way I could.
JOY Mail Coordinator
I was born in Charlotte, North Carolina and currently live there still. I attend Lake Norman Charter High School but will be attending a community college in the fall then transferring to a 4-year university. I enjoy playing soccer, painting, making jewelry and hanging out with friends!! I would love to volunteer for JOY because I know what it's like to have a friendly person help me through something and just need someone to talk to and it would make me absolutely thrilled to make someone's day.
JOY Volunteer Coordinator
& Social Media Specialist
Hello my name is Eleanor! I live in Davidson, North Carolina, and I am a rising senior at Hough High School. In my free time I like to hang out with friends, go on walks with my dog, and travel with my family. I wanted to help out with Spread JOY because I thought it seemed like an awesome opportunity to get to know others and share experiences safely, while also bringing positivity to those who need it most. I really enjoy volunteering with the Spread JOY organization because of the amazing seniors that I have met and formed relationships with through writing letters! It makes me happy to know that I am helping to spread joy to those who need it most right now!
Pen Pal Coordinator
Hi. My name is Avijit (AJ) Das. I was born in Kolkata, India, and moved to the US when I was three months old. I arrived in North Carolina at the age of 5 and have lived in Huntersville for the past 12 years. I am currently attending Pine Lake Preparatory High School in Moorseville and am in 11th grade. I enjoy learning in school and I am currently a part of various honor societies such as the Tri-Music and Mu Alpha Theta. I am also part of various clubs such as Caduceus Club, a club for people interested in medicine and healthcare, and have even started my own club, the Producers and Artists Club (PAC), which teaches students how to start creating music online. I have been a competitive swimmer for SwimMAC since I was 11 years old. Apart from swimming competitively, I also enjoy playing and creating music. I have been playing music since I was 6 years old and currently can play the piano, alto saxophone, and also use online music production services such as FL Studio 20 and Garageband. In addition to having fun doing my interests and hobbies, I love to volunteer and help out any way I can in and around my community. I have previously volunteered in soup kitchens, school summer camps, and even helped teach children how to swim as a part of SwimMAC. I really love to be friendly and love engaging in conversations with people of all ages and am extremely excited to be able to do this with JOY, where I can connect with all types of people and have a great time!
JOY Volunteer Coordinator
& Technology Specialist
Hi! My name is Cam Abaqueta and I was born and raised in Davidson, North Carolina. I am a Junior at Cannon School in Concord, North Carolina. When I am not working hard on my academic career, I am swimming for Swimmac Carolina. I have over 7 practices a week including weight lifting practices. I’m normally swimming every week of the year except for a short break at the end of summer and some vacations. After this past season I have achieved my second year of becoming a Scholastic All-American and am looking forward to another 2. I take my academic and athletic career very seriously as I follow my passion of swimming Division 1 in College. Project Spread Joy is a really good opportunity to connect with the older community and also build a relationship at a distant level during times like these which is why I love connecting with the older generation!