TEAM

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SHILOH ALLEN

ACTOR, NORTH FEMALE DRAMA CAPTAIN

Shiloh is a co-captain of BreakDown STL’s North Team. It is her fifth year on the team and she is currently taking a semester off from school before she moves to Springfield, MO for college. Even after five years with BreakDown, Shiloh is super excited to grow even more this year by forcing herself to be flexible with the changes COVID-19 has brought. She cannot wait to see how BreakDown will be used in this unusual time in everyone’s lives and says that it’s going to be one of the best years yet!

TRENTON EDGAR

ACTOR

Trenton is a junior at Eureka High School where he runs cross country and track, and this is his first year on BDSTL. He’s looking forward to growing closer with the BreakDown community and making an impact on people in St. Louis. He hopes to grow his acting skills as to make more of an impact on people who watch the performance. When he’s not acting in BDSTL he likes to spend his time playing guitar and spending time with those he loves.

KENDALL WILLIAMS

ACTOR

Kendall is a junior at McClure North High School. This year she is looking forward to making new connections, learning new ideas, and growing in her acting and communication skills. BreakDown has given her a chance to approach things in different ways with new ideas and new friendships that could go a long way. She loves how everyone is involved and cares about each other, whether it be with stuff outside of BreakDown or inside. They all help out one another regardless of whether you are a slower learner or are quick on your feet.

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HENRY FILIPEK

ACTOR, WEST MALE DRAMA CAPTAIN

Henry is a senior at Francis Howell High where he runs cross-country and plays tennis. This is his second year on BDSTL and through the last year, he’s built some of the most authentic and long-lasting friendships, gaining a really sweet community. He is eager and excited to serve among his peers by bringing a message of hope to teens all around the St. Louis area. In his spare time, he enjoys hanging out with those he loves and being outdoors!

DRAMA&VOCAL

DAWSON JEFFERS

ACTOR

Dawson is a senior at Troy Buchanan High School and this is his first year on the BreakDown Drama Team. He enjoys playing guitar, driving his car, and doing robotics. One thing that Dawson is super pumped for this year is to have a direct impact on whoever may watch the performance, and to have those deep life-changing conversations with whoever needs to have them. His favorite thing about BreakDown is that it is a place where he can be himself and spend time around the virtuous people that lead with him.

TORI LARNER

ACTOR

Tori is a junior at St. Dominic High School, and this is her second year on the drama team. She loves Chick-fil-A, boating on Lake St. Louis, and playing with dogs. BreakDown has impacted Tori by giving her a stellar community. She is looking forward to starting conversations with her peers at different high schools.

MYLES MOORE

ACTOR

Myles is a sophomore at Marquette High School. He loves football, playing guitar, and video games! Throughout his time on BreakDown he has grown more confident in stepping out of his comfort zone and has developed long lasting friendships. This year, he cant wait to work hard and present to his peers.

ELLEN NICOLLS

ACTOR

Ellen is a senior at Eureka High School. This year she is excited to grow her relationships with her teammates and be a light to her community! She is hoping to grow her communication skills so that she can better help her peers.

TAYLOR PETERSON

ACTOR

Taylor is a Sophomore at Holt High School. This year on BreakDown STL she is looking forward to building life long relationships. Taylor wants to grow in being vulnerable and outgoing. She loves spending time with her cousins and three younger sisters and enjoys playing sports, including soccer, volleyball, snowboarding, waterskiing, and swimming! She also likes to play piano and learn new things.

CALEB WEST

ACTOR

Caleb is a junior at Francis Howell High School. He loves to play basketball and run in his free time. This next year on Breakdown, he is looking forward to the community and getting to know more people on the team. He also personally wants to grow in his relationship with the Lord and have more of an understanding of God’s power and love. BreakDown has helped him get in touch with a healthy community that is encouraging and caring.

MEGAN WEST

ACTOR, WEST FEMALE DRAMA CAPTAIN

Megan is a Sophomore at St. Charles Community College. This is her third year on the drama team and second year as the drama team co-captain. She is most looking forward to all of the sweet relationships that she will make this year and that will continue to grow throughout the year. BreakDown has helped Megan personally grow in her boldness and confidence; before being the on the team it was so easy to always be worried about what others thought of her, but now she has the confidence to stand firm in what she believes  in and the boldness to tell others about it. Some of her favorite hobbies are thrifting, getting coffee with friends, and hiking!

SETH PENNEY

ACTOR

Seth is a sophomore in high school and he is home-schooled. This is his first year on the team. BreakDown has already shown him real friendships, and he's looking forward to presenting with the team. He plays varsity basketball and likes just chilling with his friends.

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MAYA ELFRINK

DANCER

Maya is a sophomore at Fort Zumwalt North. Maya enjoys dancing, baking, being outside, and hanging out with her friends. She dances at Inertia the School of Dance. This is her second year on BreakDown St. Louis. She looks forward to building solid friendships with the people on BreakDown this year and can’t wait to do presentations and see the transformation of the audience members. BreakDown has given Maya a community that she knows will always be there for her. She is excited to see what the future holds for BreakDown and the people that they impact.

ERICA GEISE

DANCER

Erica is a freshman at St. Charles Community College. She enjoys going on hikes with her puppy, sipping some iced coffee, and spending time with friends and family while making memories. This is her first year on the team and she can’t wait to see how her individual experiences will strengthen her and positively impact her community. 

HEIDI HARTWIG

DANCER

Heidi is a sophomore at Duchesne High School. Heidi is looking forward to growing with a family so sweet and special like this. She has the personal goals this year of growing closer to God and being more Christ like in her everyday activites.  One of the ways that BreakDown has impacted her is by showing that you don’t have to fit a certain stereotype in order to fit in, but that you can be whoever you want to be and still be accepted.

ASHYLN KELLER

DANCER

Ashlyn is a senior at Fort Zumwalt South. This is her first year on the team. She is also on her school dance team and has been dancing for over 13 years. She loves anything country, doing outdoor activities, and hanging out with her family and friends! She hopes to not only become closer with the community on BreakDown but to begin stepping into the calling that she has for the future! 

TAYLOR LARNER

DANCE CO-CAPTAIN

Taylor is a senior at St. Dominic High School and this is her third year on the team. In addition to BreakDown STL she is on two more dance teams. She loves fall weather, fuzzy socks, and is obsessed with coffee. She is looking forward to making a positive impact on her community through her passion for dance!

ERICA PENNEY

DANCER

Erica is a sophomore who has been homeschooled her entire life, and this is her first year on the dance team. While she loves ballet and classical music, she also has a passion for hiking and cliff jumping. One of her hopes is that this year she will be able to make an impact on her peers.

MARIAH SCHULZ

DANCE CO-CAPTAIN

Mariah Schulz is a sophomore at Holt High School. She is obsessed with all things Disney! She loves to spend time with her family and friends as well as go for hikes and travel. This is her second year on the team and she is so excited to see what this year has in store! Mariah hopes to leave a lasting impact on her peers through her passion for dance while on BreakDown. 

NATALIE SOLLORS

DANCER

Natalie Sollors is a freshman at Francis Howell High School. This year she is looking forward to meeting new people and growing to be a better leader! She loves to dance, hang with friends, go shopping, and go fishing! BreakDown STL has truly impacted her life by showing her who true friends are and by surrounding her with an AMAZING community! Ones of Natalie’s personal goals is to grow in her sense of self-worth.

DANCE

TECH&STAGE

SARAH BACON

TECH CREW

Sarah is a senior at Fort Zumwalt North High School where she runs cross country and track. She loves theatre, playing with her dog, and ice cream! This is her first year on the team. She is so excited to grow in this environment and be a part of such a supportive community!

REED WILSON

TECH CREW

Reed is a senior at Francis Howell High School. He loves to play tennis, be involved in school, hang with friends, and play the piano. Last year, Reed was impacted so much from the seniors on the team. This year, Reed hopes to gain more life-long friends on BreakDown and help guide the new people on the team!

ADELLE COUGHRAN

STAGE MANAGER

Adelle is a senior at Liberty High School. She is looking forward to having more community performances this year to reach a variety of new people. She is excited to grow as a leader in her new position as Stage Manager. BreakDown STL has shown Adelle how to step out and make a difference, as well as how important it is to be surrounded by a good community of people. Outside of BreakDown, Adelle loves being a part of student council, racing her car at autocross, and reading.

SOPHIA RILEY

STAGE CREW

Sophia is a high school sophomore at Liberty University Online Academy. This year she is looking forward to growing in leadership and friendship through BDSTL. In her free time, she enjoys gardening, reading, and photography. BreakDown has impacted her life by introducing her to a new group of people her age that will come beside her and lift her up!

MAYA VAZIS

STAGE CREW

Maya is a junior at Eureka High School where runs cross country and track. Maya also enjoys going shopping, and spending time with friends and family. This is her second year on stage crew, and the thing she is most excited about is building more amazing relationships with people on the team!

PEER MENTORS

CARTER AUPING

PEER MENTOR

Carter is a sophomore at Francis Howell High School. He looks forward to forming many new relationships with his peers and growing in confidence when having tough conversations with people. He loves hanging out with his friends, playing a variety of sports, and speaking with people.

LIV COUGHRAN

PEER MENTOR CO-CAPTAIN

Liv is a Junior at Liberty High School. She loves racing cars and driving around with her friends. She has been on BreakDown for two years and loves getting to share and talk with her peers about life. She has grown so much in her confidence and leadership while on the team and can't wait to impact more people this year.

MADDIE GORDON

PEER MENTOR

Maddie attends Fort Zumwalt South High School and is in her senior year. She looks forward to making many new friendships this year with BreakDown. She wants to grow personally by learning to lead and help others in the right direction. BreakDown has impacted her life by giving her the opportunity to hear her friends’ testimonies, including the impact that BreakDown has had in their own lives. Finally, Maddie loves to ice skate and travel with her family!

ABBY HATFIELD

PEER MENTOR

Abby is a senior at Fort Zumwalt West High School. She loves hiking, all things outside, coffee, and trying new things. This is her first year on BreakDown and she is looking forward to making new friendships as well as growing as a person and as a leader!

MEGAN JOERSZ

PEER MENTOR CO-CAPTAIN

Megan is a senior at Lafayette High School. She loves drinking coffee, going shopping, and laughing with friends! This is Megan’s third year on the Peer Mentor Team and she is excited to build life-long friendships and memories, while also positively impacting lives around her in St. Louis. 

KATELYN JUNGHANS

PEER MENTOR

Katelyn is a junior at Francis Howell High School where she is involved in cross country, HOSA, and youth in government. She is very excited to not only make strong, lasting friendships through BreakDown but to also learn how to be a leader among her peers. Some of her favorite things include going out for coffee, hiking, fishing, camping, and thrift shopping!

MATTHEW MASEK 

PEER MENTOR

Matthew is a first-year BreakDown member and a senior at Eureka High School. He looks forward to serving the community and those around him this year! He hopes to develop more as a person in order to help lead others along their own journeys. He loves playing guitar, hanging out with friends, exercising, and writing.

MADDIE MOULIN

PEER MENTOR

Maddie is a senior at Christian High School. She really loves coffee, her dog, and walking around Target for hours. She is an enneagram one and enjoys running around her neighborhood. This is her first year on BreakDown STL and she is proud to be a peer mentor. She is really looking forward to making an impact on the community and is excited to grow new relationships and make friends for life! BreakDown has modeled for her what healthy relationships look life, as well as greatly improving her public speaking skills. She is so pumped for this year!

ANNA OLEJNIK

PEER MENTOR

Anna is a homeschooled junior, and dual enrolls at Missouri Baptist University. She has lived in St. Louis her whole life, and has four older brothers. She is passionate about singing, writes and records music, plays piano and guitar, and enjoys time spent with her volleyball team. She’s looking forward to her second year on the BreakDown team, and loves the brotherhood and sisterhood she gets to be apart of through it. 

ADAM SAMMELMANN

PEER MENTOR

 Adam is a sophomore at Francis Howell High School. He loves the outdoors and enjoys fishing, hunting, and snowboarding. In his free time you can find him playing guitar, going on bike rides, or playing games with his family and friends. This year on BreakDown, Adam is mostly looking forward to making a positive impact in his community. He looks forward to growing into a leader and making life-long friends along the way.

LIZZIE THOM

PEER MENTOR

Lizzie is a junior at Eureka High School and is so looking forward to getting to spend time with all of the newbies on the team this year. She enjoys being with her family and friends, playing her guitar and singing, traveling, and watching movies! Lizzie can’t wait to see what is in store not just for her but for the community this year. She is eager to grow in her ability to speak publicly so she can do so confidently in schools. She has been impacted by BreakDown in so many ways over the past three years, one of them being the way that she has been loved so well by the whole team. They have made her feel included and important and she is so grateful for them.

LAYLA THORNTON

PEER MENTOR

Layla is a freshman at Liberty High School and is so excited to be a part of the BreakDown St. Louis team with 4 years of high school ahead of her! She is so looking forward to being challenged and pushed to grow by this amazing group she gets to be a part of. Layla hopes to build her confidence in the ways that really matter, and not just through our culture’s standards. BreakDown has impacted her life in many ways in such a short time! She has found a solid group of friends who want nothing more than for her to be whole and loved! Outside of BreakDown, Layla is involved in her school’s sports teams and photography; she enjoys taking pictures and managing the football team!

COLE WEST

PEER MENTOR CO-CAPTAIN

Cole is a senior at Eureka High School. He enjoys running track, playing video games, and hanging out with friends. This year He’s looking forward to the great friendships that will be made and the lives that will be changed. He wants to become more confident in himself and really learn to step up as a leader. BreakDown has already helped him become much more outgoing and be more vulnerable with people.

EMILY WOLFE

PEER MENTOR

Emily is a senior at Francis Howell Central High School. Some of her favorite things include being with her family, spending time outdoors, and eating anything sweet. She is excited to make lasting friendships as well as to help others see their potential through BreakDown. 

RYLEE HOLMES

SOCIAL MEDIA CONTRIBUTOR

Rylee is a freshman at Maryville University. This is her first year on the BreakDown STL Leadership Team, as a part of the Social Media Team. This year Rylee is looking forward to spending time with all of the team members and creating a family bond with them. She is also excited to learn more about herself, while setting goals and overcoming challenges throughout the year. Rylee enjoys spending time with her family and new puppy. She loves nature hikes, camping and spending time on the water.

SIMONE MAGUEJA

SOCIAL MEDIA CONTRIBUTOR

Simone is a junior at Lutheran High School of St. Charles County. This is her first year on the BreakDown STL Leadership, and Social Media Team. She looks forward to creating lifelong friendships, and spending time with the people on the BreakDown Leadership Team. She also looks forward to being challenged in her faith and abilities, in order to reach her full potential. Through BreakDown she wants to be able to grow in her confidence, especially in her interpersonal skills, and her overall relationship with Christ. Simone enjoys posting on social media, taking pictures with friends, traveling the world with her family, and visiting local animal shelters and pet stores (she LOVES pet land). She has already grown so much in her first few months on the BreakDown team, and can’t wait to see where this year takes her.

MADDIE NEMKOVICH

SOCIAL MEDIA CONTRIBUTOR

Maddie is a junior at Eureka High School. She loves avocados, playing the guitar, and watching sunsets at least three times a week! Maddie is looking forward to creating a relationship with everyone on BreakDown and really just impacting students' lives throughout the year. So far, Maddie has already grown stronger in her faith and BreakDown led her to break free from her comfort zone and try new things!

SOCIAL MEDIA