Class of 2017

James William Grindstaff

James graduated from Unaka High School and is the son of Jerry and Teresa Grindstaff of Elizabethton. Captain of his high school football team and senior class treasurer, he was 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 was involved with the Red Bus Project, the Student Government Association and various other student organizations.  In May 2017 he will move to Charotte, NC, where he will serve as a development officer with the Western North Carolina Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.

Carlee Dawn Haas

Carlee Haas, an alumna of North Greene High School, graduated from ETSU with degrees in Biology and Psychology. She also served as President of the ETSU chapter of To Write Love on Her Arms, an organization dedicated to supporting mental health needs. She has worked at Woodridge Psychiatric Hospital as a patient safety companion and currently is employed at the Women’s Health and Imaging Center as a mammography assistant. Passionate about biology, she studied abroad in Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands, furthering her interest in global career options. During the summer of 2017, Carlee plans to move with her husband to Japan, where they will be stationed with the United States Air Force and she intends to pursue graduate studies.

Taylor Anne Martin

Taylor graduated in May 2017 with her Bachelors of Science in Nursing. As President of her nursing class, Taylor assisted with curriculum changes and event planning for the College of Nursing.  She was also involved with the Student Nurses Association and Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honors Society and was a member of the Academic Misconduct Board for the College of Arts and Sciences. Within the community, Taylor volunteered with her church, Buffalo Ridge Baptist, and for the Washington County Humane Society. She worked as a Nurse Technician at Holston Valley Medical Center in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit.  In June 2017, following a move to Nashville, Taylor will begin a Nurse Residency Program at Vanderbilt.

Chandler Caroline Parris

Chandler, the daughter of Stephen and Shawn Parris of Canton, N.C., graduated from Pisgah High School. She was a Health Sciences major at ETSU, with a concentration in Microbiology. She was a member of the Sherrod Library Student Advisory Council, Pre-Pharmacy Student Organization, Colleges Against Cancer, and the National Society of Leadership and Success. Additionally, she served as President of the Sherrod Library Student Outreach Organization and was the Activities and Entertainment Chair for ETSU’s Relay for Life. Outside of school, she worked part-time as a Pharmacy Technician. Chandler will attend the Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy at ETSU, beginning in August 2017.

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 leads a high school small group leader at a local church, is a childcare worker at the same church, tutors students in a variety of subjects, and mentors high school girls throughout the year.  At ETSU, Millie was a Federal Work Study worker in the Clemmer College of Education. Since graduating a year early (in May 2016), she has taught third grade at Town Acres Elementary School and completed an accelerated masters degree program in Education.