Roan Scholars Class of 2017

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). He was also an active volunteer within the Stoney Creek community, serving with a local daycare service, the Christmas Angels project, Unaka Baptist Church, and a school restoration effort sponsored by Lowe's.  At ETSU, James is heavily involved with the Outdoor Recreation program, and with the Student Government Association - in which he's been appointed as Secretary of Allocations for the 2014-2015 academic year.  He plans to pursue a career in international affairs.

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. During her freshman year at ETSU, Carlee was selected as both a Preview and Orientation Leader and a student ambassador with President's Pride; she is also involved with TWLOHA, and the Alpha Epsilon Delta Pre-Professional Honor Society. 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

A graduate of Sullivan Central High School and the Bristol Youth Leadership program, Taylor remains 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, as well as a varsity soccer player, student minister with Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), and a member of the Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) team.  At ETSU, Taylor is involved with many clubs and organizations, including HOSA, The Well - a Christian ministry, and intramural soccer.  She volunteers at the Johnson City Medical Center while also working at Holston Valley Medical Center, as a Patient Care Technician.  She resides with her mother, Helen Martin, in Kingsport.  Taylor plans to pursue a career in nursing and eventually earn her doctorate as a nurse practitioner.

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. In her community, Chandler volunteers with Open Door Ministries and Canton Soup Kitchen.  She has also been actively involved with Relay for Life and World Changers mission trips.  On ETSU's campus, she is a member of The National Society of Leadership and Success, Pre-Pharmacy Student Organization, and Colleges Against Cancer.  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 – which earned many state and regional-level awards in the medical reading and public service announcement competitions.  Active in the community, Millie has taught Sunday School, volunteered with the Parent Teacher Student Association and Rise Up! Mentoring program, been an assistant tennis coach, an academic tutor, and a small group leader for youth at a local church.  She will complete her student teaching during Academic Year 2015-2016, before graduating a year early from ETSU and pursue a career in elementary education.