Roan Scholars Class of 2017



James Grindstaff

James William Grindstaff

James graduated from Unaka High School and is the son of Jerry and Teresa Grindstaff of Elizabethton. Captain of the football team and senior class treasurer, he has also been actively involved in numerous other school organizations, including membership in the National Honor Society and serving as president of both the Spanish Club and Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA). During the 2012 statewide FBLA leadership competition, James earned a 4th place finish. Within the Stoney Creek community, he has volunteered his time with a local daycare service, the Christmas Angels project, Unaka Baptist Church, and a school restoration effort sponsored by Lowe's. James is a member of the local "Clean Teens" organization, and also volunteers weekly at a local elementary school, working directly with the students and serving as a basketball coach. Having made a significant positive impact on the children and entire community, James was presented with a special plaque by the mayor of Carter County, in recognition of his service.  He plans to pursue a career in either international affairs or environmental science.

Carlee Haas

Carlee Dawn Haas

Carlee is a graduate of North Greene High School in Greeneville, where she was the co-founder of the school's anti-bullying awareness club, and founder of the "To Write Love On Her Arms" (TWLOHA) organization, which organizes volunteer efforts at local rehabilitation centers, coordinates counseling (both peer and professional) for students, and addresses mental health-related issues (such as depression, addiction, and suicide) which affect teens.  She also served as captain of the Color Guard and Winter Guard teams, editor of the school newspaper, vice president of Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) and member of Upward Bound. A member of the school's Science Club, Carlee earned recognition for academic excellence in subjects as diverse as ecology, creative writing, and personal finance. Within the local community, she functioned as student coordinator for annual events such as a breast cancer awareness walk and a "Keep Greene Beautiful" walk; she has also volunteered at Takoma Hospital and Baileyton Elementary School. The daughter of Thomas Haas of Chuckey, TN, Carlee's career plans include attending medical school and becoming a surgeon.

Taylor Martin

Taylor Anne Martin

Taylor is a graduate of the Bristol Youth Leadership program and heavily involved as a youth leader in local community and church activities. A youth minister for Wyld Life, a Kingsport Young Life program for middle school students, she also serves as a student mentor at the YWCA and volunteers at Holston Middle School. During high school, she was a member of the National Honor Society, Beta Club, and both the Science and Math National Honor Societies. Additionally, she was a member of the varsity soccer team, a student minister with Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), and a member of the Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) team that placed second in the annual regional competition. The daughter of Peter and Helen Martin, she resides with her mother in Kingsport, where she graduated from Sullivan Central High School. She plans to pursue a career in nursing.

Chandler Parris

Chandler Caroline Parris

Chandler hails from Canton, NC, and is a graduate of Pisgah High School. The first-ever female member of the school's Key Club, she served during her senior year as the club's president and was active in the organization at district level.  A student council class representative during her sophomore, junior, and senior years, she was a class officer, a National Honor Society member and photo editor for the school yearbook, a member of the cross country and track teams, and involved with Pep Club, Leo Club, and Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA). Additionally, she served as a freshman mentor, working weekly with the students in a 9th grade homeroom; and mentored elementary school students through the "Breakfast of Champions" program. Outside of school, Chandler volunteers with Open Door Ministries and at a local soup kitchen, and has been actively involved each year with the local Relay for Life event. Having participated regularly with "World Changers" and gone on multiple mission trips with that organization, she travelled during the summer of 2013 to Huntington, WV. Chandler plans to pursue a career in pharmacy. Her parents are Stephen and Shawn Parris.

Millie Robinson

Millie Patricia Robinson

Millie is the daughter of Marc Robinson and Hazel Fulton Robinson, and lives with her mother in Johnson City. She is a graduate of Science Hill High School, where she was co-founder and president of the Science Hill Ambassadors Club, vice president of the National Beta Club, a student leader with the "First Priority of Science Hill" club, and chapter president of the school's Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) team. Also active in her community, Millie taught Sunday School, volunteered with the Parent Teacher Student Association and Rise Up! Mentoring program, and was an assistant tennis coach. During her senior year, she also tutored other students. The recipient of numerous individual awards for academic excellence, Millie also helped her HOSA team earn many state and regional-level awards in the medical reading and public service announcement competitions. She plans to pursue a career in elementary education.