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Announcing the Roan Class of 2020

February 2, 2016

The Roan Class of 2020 - centeredJOHNSON CITY – The newest members of the Roan Scholars Leadership Program at East Tennessee State University have been named.

These eight students, who will join 18 returning Roan Scholars on campus this fall, are Logan Carmody of Tennessee High School, Miranda Evans from Cherokee High School, Seth Jewett from Providence Academy, Brianna McCoy of Ashe County High School, Taylor Osborne from Pisgah High School, Sydney Ross of Volunteer High School, Braden Trent of Science Hill High School, and Zach Warren of Sullivan East High School.

The Roan program, which is funded primarily by private donations, was established in 1997 by Louis H. Gump to attract the region’s most promising young leaders and develop each student’s unique leadership potential. Students are nominated by their high school and chosen by the Roan Steering Committee on the basis of their overall leadership potential and demonstrated excellence in the four areas of character, intellectual curiosity, physical vigor, and leadership.

Roan Scholars receive a full scholarship to ETSU and four years of customized experiences and opportunities, including international travel and study abroad, internships, workshops and seminars, alumni and community leader interaction, and other unique programs, all of which are focused on equipping students for leadership excellence and making a positive impact.

“This year’s incoming Roan class was selected from a pool of 82 outstanding students nominated for their talent, energy, and leadership potential by more than 50 high schools throughout our region,” said program director Scott Jeffress.  “This may have been our most selective year ever.  These students have already made a tremendous impact on our region. Collectively, they have founded organizations that address pressing needs in our community, earned national recognition for their academic achievement, and competed at the highest levels of athletics. They have enormous promise to make a positive, life-long impact on ETSU, the region and the world.”

The Class of 2020 is the largest in the history of the Roan Program, which welcomed its first students in the fall of 2000.

“Adding eight Roan Scholars this year is a significant milestone for our program,” Gump said.  “Thanks to generous regional interest and support, we have now doubled the size of our first class.”  With this year’s graduating ETSU seniors, the Roan Program will reach 50 alumni, who are serving throughout the region and the world in education, government, business, medicine, non-profit work and the military, among other fields.

Gump added, “We welcome and congratulate our newest Roan Scholars and their families. They join our accomplished current scholars and alumni in representing ETSU and the Roan Program with the highest level of leadership and character traits.  Our sincere gratitude to all participating high schools and community members who make the Roan Scholars Leadership Program such a vital component of East Tennessee.”

Members of the Roan Class of 2020 are:

The daughter of William and Lisa Carmody of Bristol, Logan Elizabeth Carmody is editor of the yearbook at Tennessee High School. With a passion for singing, Logan is a member of her high school’s advanced choir and has participated in All-East and All-State choirs. Academically, she ranks first in her class.

An avid student of the French language since middle school, Logan has held officer positions in French Club all four years of high school. She also has experience in athletics, having competed in soccer, volleyball and swimming. An alumna of Sullins Academy, Logan has served as a camp counselor since 2012 at that school’s summer day camps, where she mentors and encourages young children in science, athletics and the arts.

She plans to pursue her interests in music and French at ETSU, working toward a future career in international business or education

A senior at Cherokee High School, Miranda Vanette Evans is student body president and president of her high school’s chapter of Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA). She has earned national recognition for her involvement and competition with HOSA.

Ranked academically at the top of her class, Miranda is captain of the varsity cheerleading squad and a student representative for the Hawkins County Board of Education. She has a passion for football and athletic training, and she works with the football team at Cherokee.

At ETSU she plans to take coursework in preparation for a career in medicine. Her ultimate career goal is to serve as a team physician in the NFL. Miranda is the daughter of Perry and Michelle Evans of Mooresburg.

Seth Michael Jewett lives in Jonesborough and attends Providence Academy. Vice president of his sophomore class and president of his junior class, Seth is currently Providence’s student government president. He was also captain of this year’s Providence cross-country team, of which he has been a four-year member.

He plays banjo with the Old Timers Band, which regularly performs at the Jonesborough and Johnson City farmers markets, nursing homes and local restaurants. He volunteers as a tutor in algebra, chemistry, and Latin, and with Second Harvest Food Bank and Race for Ian. He has been recognized for his excellence in Latin, earning a Maxima Cum Laude twice on the National Latin Exam.

Seth plans to continue his study of banjo at ETSU, while also preparing for a future career as a physician. He is the son of Michael and Kari Jewett.

Brianna Lynn McCoy is the daughter of Marvin and Debra McCoy of Lansing, N.C. A senior at Ashe County High School, she is an officer in her school’s JROTC program, most recently holding the position of Battalion Logistics Officer. Brianna has also been active in the Ashe County High School Student Council all four years of high school. She is ranked academically at the top of her class.

She is a member of her school’s Beta Club, where she has participated in state-level competitions and numerous service projects. Brianna is also an accomplished athlete in softball, pitching and playing outfield for a traveling softball team. She is currently learning to play the guitar.

Brianna plans a career in the medical field as a physical therapist.

A senior at Pisgah High School, Taylor Denise Osborne is the daughter of Thomas and Sandra Osborne of Clyde, N.C. She serves as varsity cheer captain at Pisgah and has competed at numerous regional, state and national cheer competitions. Taylor founded and coaches the Pisgah Unified Cheer Team, which gives students with special needs the opportunity to cheer for their high school and in the community.

Recently named a State Finalist for the Wendy’s High School Heisman award, Taylor is a standout athlete in track, competing in hurdles, triple jump and relay races. She also founded the youth ensemble at her church and has volunteered with numerous charities, including Relay For Life and Stop Hunger Now.

Ranked academically at the top of her class, Taylor was class president during her freshman and junior years and is currently president of Pisgah’s Diversity Club. She is interested in a future career as an optometrist.

Sydney Emerson Ross is founder and president of Volunteer High School’s Fighting Teen Addiction, a student organization that has recently expanded to two other local high schools. Sydney has been active in student government during her four years at Volunteer, including organizing service projects and school events. She was instrumental in re-activating her local chapter of Beta Club, which has generated thousands of hours of community service by Volunteer students.

Sydney is also an outstanding athlete. A four-year starter on Volunteer’s varsity basketball team, she was selected as team captain for her senior year.  This summer she plans to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania alongside her father.

The daughter of Jerry and Heather Ross of Mount Carmel, Sydney plans to pursue a career as an orthopedist or neurologist.

The son of David and Malissa Trent of Johnson City, Braden Trent is a senior at Science Hill High School. Braden served as Battalion Commander of Science Hill’s JROTC and is a founding member of Project 9/12 Leadership, a leadership development program for Science Hill students. He also is a member of the Showstoppers team, a competitive acting group at the school.

Braden has been awarded the George C. Marshall Academic and Leadership Award, the American Legion Citizenship medal, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Leadership Award. He represented Science Hill at Tennessee Boys State, where he was selected as Adjutant General, and has also attended the National Flight Academy in Pensacola, Fla.

Braden plans to explore wide-ranging interests at ETSU, including history, chemistry and literature, as he considers possible careers as a military officer and in physical therapy.

Zachary Charles Warren, the son of Shane and Athena Warren, lives in Bluff City and attends Sullivan East High School where he is class president. He is ranked first in his class and was named a 2016 National Merit Semifinalist.

As team captain, Zach helped lead the Sullivan East cross-country team to a second-place finish at the 2015 state championship. He is also co-president of his local chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.  Zach is engaged in public service throughout the community, including participating in mission trips, acting as a Bible study teacher and coaching children in soccer and basketball.

An attendee at ETSU’s Rural Medicine Camp last summer, Zach is considering a career as a physician.

For more information about the program, contact the Roan office at 423-439-7677 or or by visiting