Emily Cheng (she/they) – Head Counselor
North Potomac, MD
University of Maryland, College Park, 2021 & 2023
Camper: 8 years (2010-2017)
Counselor: 4th year (2018, 2019, 2022)
Emily is looking forward to graduating with a Master’s degree in Higher Education/Student Affairs from the University of Maryland this May! They currently work as a graduate assistant for diversity and inclusion at UMD, where they enjoy advising and supporting college students. Emily is a lover of dancing, going to the gym, nature walks, legos, and kpop（っ＾▿＾）
As someone who basically grew up at camp, Emily’s favorite time of the year is definitely the last week of July. They met some of their closest friends at camp and looked up to the counselors that always made her feel welcomed. They are super excited for their second year as co-head counselor with Maddie, because she’s passionate about maintaining this close-knit community for Chinese/Taiwanese American youth. They’re really easily entertained, like really, so if you ever need someone to laugh at your jokes, find Emily! They especially love lame dad jokes. She can’t wait for another memorable week with new and returning faces<3
Maddie Tchong (she/her) – Head Counselor
Virginia Tech, 2022
Camper: 4 years (2013, 2015-2017)
Counselor: 3rd year (2019)
Maddie is a recent graduate of Virginia Tech with a Bachelors of Science in Business Information Technology and a concentration in cybersecurity and a minor in Chinese Studies. Maddie started her big girl job the week after WMACS 2022, so this is her summer without vacation 🙁 In her free time, Maddie is an avid bubble tea connoisseur and country line dancer. She also really enjoys crocheting (Gee! What a grandma hobby!) snowboarding, and hobby jogging (her knees do not appreciate these two activities).
Camp has been such a big part of Maddie’s life, in fact, she wrote about WMACS for one of her college essays! She’s always looked forward to camp and has been so fortunate to have met so many wonderful and influential people, whether that may be fellow campers or past counselors, along the way. Maddie has had such fun and fulfilling summers improving relationships with returning campers and creating new ones with first-year campers which influenced her decision in returning to camp and serving as co-head with Emily! She hopes that she can be that figurehead to campers as those before her once was for her and cannot wait for a week of camp filled with endless laughter and memories.