JOHNSON CITY – The Roan Students Management Program has chosen eight highschool seniors for the incoming Roan Class of 2025. These college students will be part of 24 returning Roan Students at East Tennessee State College this fall as a part of the distinguished four-year scholarship program.
“This 12 months’s choice course of was in contrast to another we’ve performed, with all interviews and different actions being on-line,” mentioned Roan Director Scott Jeffress. “The end result was the identical, although: one other excellent class of proficient younger leaders. These college students are already making a constructive impression on our area.”
The Roan Students Management Program empowers college students to be leaders of excellence who will positively impression the ETSU campus, our area, and the world. Every class is chosen from highschool seniors nominated by eligible colleges in Northeast Tennessee, Southwest Virginia and Western North Carolina. The Roan affords 4 years of distinctive, out-of-the-classroom experiences and alternatives designed to problem and encourage college students to develop and develop as leaders. The scholarship additionally features a monetary award for tuition and charges, room and board, and books.
Members of the Roan Class of 2025 have been chosen from amongst practically 100 nominees in 27 counties. These college students have initiated initiatives that handle urgent wants in native communities, been acknowledged for his or her educational achievement and competed at state, nationwide, and even worldwide ranges in a number of sports activities. They’ve served as scholar representatives for college boards and statewide organizations, undertaken entrepreneurial endeavors, and served their communities.
The latest Roan Students are:
• Pate Anglin (Homeschool; Johnson Metropolis): Pate Anglin has spoken to lots of of younger individuals throughout Tennessee in regards to the risks of tobacco use. Working with TNSTRONG, a youth-led, statewide group dedicated to educating youth in regards to the dangerous results of tobacco utilization, Pate created and applied a 6-week anti-drug curriculum for elementary and center college college students. Captain of the College Faculty varsity soccer crew, Pate has additionally pursued a wide range of entrepreneurial initiatives and was named in 2019 to the Appalachian Highlands Twenty Beneath 20. He has served his group on the Carter County Drug Prevention Coalition and by delivering meals containers month-to-month to native public housing.
Pate brings “forward-thinking to our TNSTRONG Teen Ambassador program” says Julie Meyer, Program Coordinator for Youth and Neighborhood Engagement with the Tennessee Division of Well being. He’s “a powerful younger man and is dedicated to attaining above and past.”
• Morgan Blazer (Cocke County Excessive Faculty; Parrottsville): “I wish to play a task in serving to the group that has helped me a lot,” says Morgan Blazer. She is a three-sport athlete, serving as captain for her highschool varsity cross-country, observe, and swim groups. She has obtained all-conference honors in cross-country and observe – and certified for state championships in each swimming and cross nation. Morgan is president of her college’s Key Membership, a three-year member of Beta Membership, and has volunteered with Tennova Healthcare in Newport.
Crystal McGaha, a faculty counselor at Cocke County Excessive Faculty, says that Morgan’s friends “look as much as her as a relaxed, but assured chief” and “discover her upbeat and motivating – one who leads by instance.”
• Katie Jones (Chuckey Doak Excessive Faculty; Greeneville): “Each crew ought to have somebody to deliver mild and positivity in the direction of totally different conditions,” says Katie Jones – and Katie seeks to be that individual. She is the four-year vice chairman of her class at Chuckey Doak Excessive Faculty, the place she helped plan the varsity’s sixtieth anniversary celebration. She performed journey softball for a few years and is crew captain of her highschool crew. Ranked first in her class, she was nominated as a delegate for the Congress of Future Medical Leaders and is pursuing the Volunteer State Seal of Biliteracy in Spanish.
“Katie has proven dedication to self-development and want to develop her horizons intellectually, socially, academically, and in any other case,” says Shana Russell, a faculty counselor at Chuckey Doak. “Within the classroom, the halls, and in different areas, [Katie] shows friendship, respect, compassion, management, and character.”
• Abby Simpson (Volunteer Excessive Faculty; Church Hill): Abby Simpson’s clogging footwear have danced throughout the nation and all over the world, incomes her quite a few nationwide titles and accolades. She is a four-year member of her highschool’s Key Membership and at the moment serves as its president. Abby has created and led two service initiatives in her group: the ‘Heat Palms, Heat Hearts’ program, which supplies chilly climate objects to shelters in her group, and ‘Neighborhood Cans’ (previously ‘Cans for Covid’), which seeks to deal with meals insecurity attributable to the pandemic.
“Abby will succeed at no matter she units her thoughts to doing. She is prepared to work onerous for what she desires and desires,” says Sherry Cox, one in every of Abby’s dance mentors. “She has an awesome work ethic and can attempt for greatness.”
• Riley Skaggs (Sullivan East Excessive Faculty; Bluff Metropolis): “I’m a learner,” says Riley Skaggs, who embraces the concept “there are at all times new issues to study.” She is president of the Sullivan East Pupil Council and a three-sport athlete in cross-country, observe, and swimming. A member of Bristol Youth Management, she has volunteered with the TechGYRLS after-school program and likewise represented Sullivan County on the Pupil Congress on Insurance policies in Training, working with college students throughout the state to debate and handle instructional coverage.
“All the pieces that Riley does in life is an extension of her want to be a frontrunner,” says David Ryan Williamson, head cross-country and observe coach at Sullivan East. “That want coupled together with her excessive character makes her somebody price following.”
• Shaina Thompson (Pleased Valley Excessive Faculty; Elizabethton): “Train Love” is a motto that Shaina Thompson holds expensive. She is dedicated to fostering communities the place individuals really feel beloved, valued, and revered. Shaina has served on Work Crew with Younger Life, performed on and managed the Pleased Valley ladies’ basketball crew, and held management roles in FFA and Key Membership. She has additionally been acknowledged for her excellent work together with her college’s greenhouse.
“The sky is the restrict for Shaina,” says Pleased Valley instructor Adam Copeland. She “reveals excessive character and integrity in the way in which she carries herself in school, and in the way in which she treats individuals.”
• Veronica Watson (Elizabethton Excessive Faculty; Elizabethton): Veronica Watson is dedicated to making sure all college students have entry to one of the best training doable – together with entry to high quality STEM training. She has been actively concerned with XQ Institute, a number one group devoted to rethinking the highschool expertise, embrace serving on its Pupil Advisory Committee. She can be the coed consultant to the Elizabethton Metropolis Faculties Board of Training. Numerous youthful children have discovered about coding from Veronica, who has served as an assistant instructor at Summer time Code Camps for 3 years. She can be an completed curler skater and an Appalachian Highlands Twenty Beneath 20 honoree.
“I consider Veronica’s friends would unanimously agree that she is an impressive chief and that her character is obvious in how she treats different college students out and in of the classroom,” says Megan Ellis, a faculty counselor at Elizabethton Excessive Faculty.
• Trent White (Unicoi County Excessive Faculty; Erwin): Trent White’s ardour for presidency began early – when he was a younger child attending county fee conferences. Looking for to encourage an analogous ardour in others, he based and serves as chairman of the Unicoi County Teenage Republicans. He has volunteered for native and statewide campaigns and was a finalist for america Senate Youth Program. He has held quite a few highschool management roles, together with serving as president of Pupil Council, Nationwide Honors Society, and Key Membership. Mock trial, drama membership, and tennis are additionally amongst Trent’s actions.
“One in all my favourite issues about Trent is his go-getter spirit,” says Jessie Sutherland, a school entry counselor with The Ayers Basis at Trent’s excessive college. “If he sees a necessity, and the answer doesn’t exist but, he creates the answer.”
The Roan, which is funded primarily by personal donations, was established by Louis H. Gump in 1997 and the primary class entered in 2000. Jeffress says the eight students chosen for the Class of 2025 signify the Roan values of management excellence and impression, in addition to the legacy began by Gump that now expands over twenty years.
“It’s outstanding to see the expansion and improvement of the Roan Program over the previous twenty years. This latest class of Roan Students will finally be part of the ranks of our 70-plus alumni who’re main and serving all through our area and all over the world,” mentioned Roan Founder Louis H. Gump. “Throughout this unusually difficult 12 months we’re particularly grateful to all of our companions on this Roan course of – the excessive colleges that nominated such excellent college students, our committee members who devoted many hours to interviewing and deciding on college students, and our numerous supporters who make monetary presents that help this system. They’re the explanations for our success. None of this is able to be doable with out them.”