MEET THE GROUP
Eben Cook '22
Where does one begin to describe the dashing and talented young man called Eben Cook? I suppose the best place to start is that Eben hails from the lovely town of Wallingford, Connecticut. Eben is a man of many talents: he is excellent at shooting three pointers in basketball, he does not wear socks unless there are politicians faces on them, and he has extensive knowledge of The Office as he has watched the series five times. However, let us not forget about Eben’s heavenly voice. Not only can he sing but Eben is an INCREDIBLE rapper and beatboxer. If you don’t believe me, please go and check out his Soundcloud: soundcloud.com/ec3production. If it hasn’t been made clear already, Eben is going to do great things someday and we are so happy to have this future rap god in our presence.
Nana Baffoe '22
Oh Nana!! What’s his name?? Oh Nana!!?? Yes! That is his name:) This is the one and only, Nana from Ghana! Yo, it’s pronounced NAH-NA. He loves R&B/Soul and Hip-Hop and sings so beautifully that your knees will literally start shaking. Nana is fluent in both English and French! Yes the language of love, just like how he loves his pineapple on his pizza. Nah, Nana does not play with vanilla ice cream, but digs dark dark chocolate...Michael Jackson is his musical inspiration and Nana resembles his passion and fashion. With a laugh like no others, a dashing smile, and a dapper jawline, Nana has it all.
Clara Porter '22
Clara might be petite but her soprano is grand and angelic. She comes to you all the way from
Portland, Oregon, which she insists is not as hipster as it's made it out to be in TV shows.
Coming from an all-girls high school, this is her first co-ed musical group and she couldn't bemore thrilled. When she is not belting out high notes in our group, she loves to paint, play the
violin, watch various anime shows and Cody Ko videos that cause her to reach maximum nic
levels, and demonstrate her extensive knowledge of Hobbs, New Mexico (her connection to
this fascinating city shall remain a secret). She also does a great Stitch impression, which is
equal parts awesome and frightening. This, among many other breathtaking qualities of hers,
may have been the reason why Patrick Dempsey left his wife for her??? Don’t take it personal,
Jillian Fink, it was only fate. Oh, and did we mention she’s a Capricorn? Though she thinks
astrology is hogwash, being a Capricorn could explain her passion for perfection in every
musical number. Rock on, Clara!
The human embodiment of an absolute stud, Mikey Simba joins our squad from Elizabeth, New Jersey. However, one might call him ~bicoastal~, as he technically hails from a boarding school out in California where Jahmari ’20 apparently rode horses. Mikey brings an athletic flavor to the group with his absolutely stellar — nay, brilliant — footwork on the soccer pitch. Seriously, the man can juggle the smallest of balls. Of course, we cannot overlook Mikey’s musical gene — one that we are oh so fortunate to have in the Crosstones. He adds a rich, resonant bass voice to the gang, but one might say that he’s a passionate tenor trapped in a bass’s body... or is he a true bass, as he can play a mean bass, especially if we’re talking Whiplash? Regardless, our hearts always skip a beat when that penny board rides around the corner.
Olivia Demerath seems impossibly kind until you realize she’s just Midwestern! From Saint Paul, Minnesota, she really is just that nice. An alto with a beautiful rasp, she makes the lanas and lordes of the world jealous. Always down to lay on the floor at practice or laugh hysterically over absolutely nothing, Olivia is a true friend with the best heart (and for the record, hair) around. When she’s not lending her wonderful voice to the tones, she can often be found on the water with the sailing team.
Brett Schmidt '23
Brett Schmidt hails from Dallas, Texas. A true western stud; he’s into swing dance. He’s into classical piano. He’s into rock climbing. He loves a good collared shirt. He’s in Crosstones. He’s a Unitarian Universalist. How much more versatile can you get? Brett is a newcomer to all things college and he approaches many things with a sense of childlike wonder. Brett is already proving himself to be a talented arranger and possesses a unique sinatra-esque charm in his rich, resonant lower register. We are stoked to have him in our little fam bam.
Sadie Basila '23
Sadie Basila comes to us from Albany, New York. With a powerful high voice, she can be found screaming Love on Top at a Crosstones party or belting in a musical (she’s an incredible actress too). A political aficionado, she’s always ready to radicalize you with a screening of the Disney Channel original movie Lemonade Mouth or talk about her love for Bernie Sanders with the next passerby. A multi-talented musician, she also plays the piano and can be found in an Olin practice room just about every day. A self-described academic legend, she plans to double major in politics and economics with a minor in Spanish. She’s likes to walk into rehearsal and tell people individually how much she loves them. One of the biggest Amy Winehouse fans to ever live, Sadie’s music taste almost rivals her vocal ability. A chaotic, hilarious, and loving person, we’re so excited to have her in the group.
Ilana Rosker '23
Our next baby tone is the amazing Ilana Rosker. Ilana reigns from the beautiful Lexington, Massachusetts. she is the sweety of the group, always available for a hug or a kind word. She is part of the infamous “between what we share” duo and is the freest spirit of them all. She’s committed to everything she does and does it with her amazing grace. You can always count on her to braid your hair or give you a massage. She’s the queen of riffs and her voice will absolutely blow you away. We’re so lucky to have ilana in our group.
Emme Pike '23
Emme is a sweet, fun loving, musical, and strong girl hailing from Virginia Beach, Virginia. She amazes us all with her student-athlete lifestyle, and is either grinding out breast stroke in the pool with her team, on stage with the Crosstones using her beautiful voice or taking much needed chill nights after all of her activities. Emme is interested in potentially being a rhetoric major, and has been exploring classes in politics. Aside from her school life, Emme infuses her surroundings with a bubbly positivity that is infectious. She is ready to work hard to nail down a part, but also is the first to laugh at another Crosstone’s bad joke. We are so lucky to have her apart of our group, and can’t wait to see what other amazing solos, leadership, and absolute love she will bring in the next three years!