Each year ESSYI hires eight to ten HWS student staff members who make everything work during the two-week program. They function as teaching assistants, residence hall assistants, mentors and help to shepherd the students throughout the program.

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Avery wickersham

I am a rising senior from Wellesley, Massachusetts. At HWS, I am a Mathematics and Education double major and minoring in Geoscience. After completing the Masters in the Arts of Teaching Program at HWS, I hope to become an adolescent math teacher. I love it when I am able to take time to go hiking and explore new places.




AnnA Hartnett

Hi! I’m Anna and I just graduated from HWS with my Master of Arts in teaching. I am certified to teach secondary social studies. In addition, I was a political science and environmental studies double major and history and education minor. Originally, I am from another Finger Lake town of Skaneateles, NY. This will be my fourth summer working with ESSYI. I am so excited to meet and learn alongside all of you. ESSYI encompasses so many of my passions and interests. I love hiking, adventuring, sharing and discussing ideas/thoughts/problems with smart young people, bonding over hilarious experiences, and admiring the shores of Seneca Lake.  I can’t wait to meet all of you this summer!



Ren Workman

Hi there! I’m a senior from a small town called Hammond in the Thousand Islands Region of NY and am studying Environmental Studies and Cultural Anthropology at HWS. I have been lucky enough to travel to gorgeous places with extremely unique ecosystems such as Bali, Indonesia and Hanoi, Vietnam during my time here at HWS. My outdoor interests include hiking, kayaking, skiing, backpacking, and much more!

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Anna Moreau

Hello everyone! My name is Anna and I am a rising junior at William Smith. I grew up in Saratoga Springs, NY, and I am majoring in Environmental Studies and double minoring in Biology and Sustainable Community Development. On campus, I am a member of the William Smith rowing team and am involved with the Pre-Orientation Adventure Program and Eco-Reps. I have always been passionate about the environment, and some of my favorite things to do outdoors are hike, camp, run, ski, row, and climb!


Kevin Collado

Born and raised in the Bronx, New York, I was provided with some of my fondest memories and experiences. Spending the majority of my educational career in Rye, New York, I was given the opportunities to flourish as an independent thinker and explore my curiosities. Moving to and settling down in Kent, New York, I was able to create a space in which I could feel unapologetically like myself, while this ultimately became the place I call home. As a recent graduate from Hobart and William Smith Colleges, I studied Architecture with a minor in Music, taking in the beautiful sights and sounds of Geneva, New York.

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Dylan Morris

I am a rising senior here at HWS colleges. I am from a small rural Connecticut town called Roxbury, where all we have to do is enjoy the outdoors and the country atmosphere. My father is an avid camper and hiker, so ever since a young age I have been exploring the forests of Connecticut by his side. I spend the majority of my free time outdoors, skateboarding, snowboarding, kayaking, and playing soccer. Although I study Sociology and Social Justice, I have found that my studies of social issues and underrepresented communities have been quite transferable to my deep interest in environmental conservation.


Sadie Mapstone

Hi Everyone! I’m a rising sophomore at HWS and a member of the William Smith lacrosse team. I grew up on a small hobby farm on the East side of Seneca Lake. On my family’s farm, my passion for the environment and sustainable living developed. We raise our own meat, eggs, vegetables, and even maple syrup. The beauty and uniqueness of the Finger lakes, along with the sense of community and opportunities the Colleges presented, led me to choose HWS. As for my major and minor, I have not yet declared, but a few of my academic interests include, history, philosophy, geoscience and psychology.


Rachael Best

Hi everyone! I just graduated from HWS with a double major in Biology and Environmental Studies and a minor in Mathematics. While at HWS, I had the opportunity to study abroad in Australia, where I discovered my love of marine biology. In the fall, I will be starting graduate school at Florida State University studying Biology, specifically the Ecology and Evolution of coral reefs. I enjoy hiking, skiing, scuba diving, snorkeling, kayaking, music, and more!


Brigid Keane

Hi! I am a junior from Buffalo, New York and I am double majoring in Biology and Environmental Studies here at HWS. I was fortunate enough to travel to Costa Rica and study their unique ecosystems in high school which sparked my passion for traveling and exploring new environments. I love being active and outdoors whether I am biking, kayaking, or camping.