Declan Brady – 4th Year Elf
Declan Brady is a senior in high school in Orinda California. He has recently achieved the highest rank in boy scouts, Eagle Scout. Declan is fascinated by the subject of computer science and one day hopes to obtain a job in this field. Declan is ecstatic to be able to help the Santa Hat Society for the third year in a row and expand its reach to the west coast.
Mackenzie Curtin (4th Year Elf) is a freshman at West Point Military Academy. In high school, she was valedictorian of her class, class president, and a member of student council. Mackenzie was a four year varsity swimmer, four year varsity hockey player, and has run varsity track for two years. She was a four time county all star swimmer. Mackenzie teaches beginner hockey and volunteers as a freshman mentor. For employment, she has been a swim lesson instructor and lifeguard.
Aidan Kreiley (3rd Year Elf) is a high school junior. He is a year-round swimmer that was named to the USA Swimming 2017-2018 Scholastic All America team. Aidan is a 3-time sectional champion in high school swimming and has competed at Junior Nationals while swimming with his club team. He enjoys working with learn-to-swim programs in his school and club. Aidan is also a lifeguard and a member of National Honor Society.
Austin Stiewert – 4th Year Elf
Austin Stiewert is a senior at Texas A &M University studying animal science and specializing in poultry. Since he became a member of the Future Farmers of America as a pre-teen, he has been in love with animals and this industry. His goal is to continue his studies at Texas A&M for a graduate degree in Veterinary Medicine. Austin loves sharing his knowledge and experience with young members of FFA to help them become successful. In addition to the FFA, he volunteers at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Austin readily acknowledges all the opportunities and blessings that have been afforded to him in his life and fully supports the mission of the Santa Hat Society to ensure children always experience the wonder of Christmas.
Owen Snyder (2nd Year Elf) is a high school senior. He is a second year varsity cross country athlete and team captain, a fourth year varsity swimmer and a second year varsity tennis player. He is a member of the National Honor Society and “Eagle Pals,” a mentoring program. Owen teaches swim lessons and is a lifeguard. After graduating high school, Owen would like to attend Air Force ROTC at Syracuse University and eventually become a JAG officer. As a first year elf, Owen is excited to be an Executive Elf of The Santa Hat Society!
Audrey Thomas (2nd Year Elf) is a third year student at Rochester Institute of Technology. She is in a five-year BS/MS Physician Assistant Program while also obtaining a minor in Exercise Science and Psychology. Audrey is a member of the Physician Assistant Student Association (PASA), the Health Science and Technology Student Association (HSTSA), Zeta Tau Alpha and the RIT Honors College.