2017 Unplugged Leaders

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Sam cowles

This will be Sam’s first year as an Unplugged group leader. Sam is an avid alpine ski racer, and loves to be outdoors hiking, running, or going on walks with his dog, Mazie. He is also very passionate about the ocean after spending a semester at the Island School. Sam is a senior at Burr and Burton Academy, and once the college search is over, he wants to major in Environmental Studies in order to learn how to combat climate change. Sam has worked with children of all ages from working at summer camps, various summer jobs, and being a freshman mentor. He is excited to be a unplugged leader this year!


Clay papanek

Clay is thrilled to be a co-leader for Boys Unplugged this year! 

A junior at Collegiate School in New York City, Clay loves spending time with kids of all ages.  In 2016, he worked for Go Project, an organization dedicated to providing academic support to elementary school students, teaching children in a variety of subjects and helping them build confidence. Clay enjoys outdoor activities of all kinds – from mountain biking to hiking to skiing to a friendly game of dodgeball. He also sings in an a cappella group, and in his free time has started composing music. He is really looking forward to getting to know this year's Boys Unplugged participants and to sharing some great adventures together!


Ava zilkha

Ava is a 16 year old first-year Unplugged leader. She is a junior at Burr and Burton Academy. At school, she is President of student council and an ambassador. Previously a camper of unplugged, she enjoys playing all sorts of games — from board games to backyard games. She loves to travel and explore new places. One of her favorite things to do is to take her dogs, Sarah and Tootsie, for hikes with her family. She is super excited to meet everyone and go on fun adventures!


Sage Lalor

Sage has been a part of the Unplugged Program since the very first year. First as a camper, then a mentor and now a leader! She is a junior at Burr & Burton Academy, where she is a student ambassador and a member of several a different clubs, sports teams, and is spending this semester at BBA’s Mountain Campus. In her free time she loves exploring outside and playing guitar. She enjoys meeting new people and trying new things. Being outside is an important part of her life, and she is super excited to share her love for nature and her enthusiasm for new activities with younger kids!