Class of 2018

Sophia Lynn Baker

Sophia graduated from Dobyns-Bennett High School, where she was a drum major for two years in that school’s award-winning and nationally-recognized marching band, and participated in numerous competitions and parades, including the 2013 Presidential Inauguration Parade.  A member of Dobyns-Bennett’s Beta Club, National Honors Society, and Science Olympiad team, Sophia was also the co-founder of the “Pay It Forward” organization, which provides support for students in need.  Outside of school, she is very involved, with both her church youth group and mission work.  An outstanding student who earned Dean’s List honors each of her first two semesters at ETSU, Sophia is focused on bringing positive change to others; with a major in Anthropology and a minor in Communicative Disorders she is pursuing Speech Pathology as a career with a focus in cleft palate patients. This summer she plans continue those positive efforts while interning with both Healthy Kingsport in Kingsport, TN; and the Johns Hopkins Medical School in Baltimore, MD.

Meredith Ivy Bell

Meredith is a junior majoring in Health Science with a concentration in Human Health.  Her career goal is to become a Physical Therapist, and she plans to enter a Doctor of Physical Therapy program following graduation.  A student leader on campus, Meredith serves as Chief Justice of the Student Government Association, where she presides over Student Court meetings and hearings, as well as sits on the University Judicial Board.  Meredith is also a student ambassador with President’s Pride, a Preview and Orientation leader, and a member of Alpha Delta Pi. In her spare time, Meredith enjoys hiking, spending time outdoors, and participating in intramural sports.  She is a graduate of Cocke County High School in Newport, Tennessee. Her parents are John and Vida Ivy Bell.

Tiffani Yvette Carrasco


Tiffani graduated from Ashe County High School in West Jefferson, North Carolina. At ETSU, Tiffani is a member of Sigma Kappa sorority, in which she currently serves as the Vice President of Programming and has received multiple awards for her involvement. Tiffani also serves as the Executive Vice President of the ETSU Panhellenic Council. She is involved in the Hispanic American Student Community Alliance, serves as a student ambassador with President’s Pride, and is a member of Gamma Sigma Alpha Greek Honors Society as well as TIMMY Global Health. Tiffani is pursuing a degree in Health Sciences with a concentration in Microbiology and minors in Culture and Health and Public Health. Tiffani recently completed a medical internship in the Azores at the Hospital de Santo Espírito da Ilha Terceria. After graduation, she plans to attend medical school and pursue an MD-MPH dual degree with a focus in Rural Family Practice. She hopes to travel internationally to provide medical care. She is the daughter of Francisco Carrasco and Maria Romero.

Olivia Ellis

The daughter of Philip and Gwen Ellis of Bristol, TN, Olivia is a Bachelor of Fine Arts student in Graphic Design, as well as a Fine and Performing Arts Scholar in the Honors College. In the spring of 2017, she will study abroad at the Studio Arts College International (SACI) in Florence, Italy. She is a Preview and Orientation Leader, Secretary of State for the Student Government Association, a Student Ambassador in President’s Pride, and a member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority. Olivia also works part-time as a Junior Designer at Ntara, a digital agency. She plans to pursue a career as a graphic designer in the entertainment industry.

Nathaniel James Farnor

The son of Jonathan and Jennifer Farnor of Erwin, TN, Nathan is Unicoi High School’s first-ever Roan Scholar.  While at ETSU, Nathan has served as a Senator for the Student Government Association and the Class of 2018 President for the Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society.  Heavily involved for the past several years with the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, he continues to play an active role on ETSU’s Relay for Life Leadership Team. Currently pursuing dual-degrees in Political Science and Communication Studies with a minor in Religious Studies, Nathan hopes to establish a future career in politics.

Margot Lee Ledford

Margot, a graduate of Tuscola High School in Waynesville, NC, is majoring in Psychology with a minor in Biology and a concentration in Behavioral Neuroscience. Philanthropy Chair for the Alpha Delta Pi sorority, Margot is also involved with the Sherrod Library Student Advisory Committee and is a Student Ambassador and Secretary with President’s Pride. She interned with ThinkJose, an innovative local company for which she planned events and helped manage the ‘Spark Plaza’ co-working space. Margot has a passion for missions and volunteer work; in the summer of 2015, she interned at the Kory Wawanaca Children’s Home in Bolivia and has more recently coordinated volunteers, mission work, and events at First United Methodist Church of Waynesville. She is considering a career in Interior Design. Her parents are Heyward and Eunice Ledford.

Samuel “Hunter” Wike

Hunter, the son of Mitchell and Traci Wike, graduated from Pisgah High School in Canton, NC.  An exceptional student-athlete, Hunter captained Pisgah High teams in football, basketball, and tennis, was a league-leading receiver in football, and earned conference player of the year honors in tennis.  Off the field and court, he co-founded two student organizations: Diversity Club, and ‘PASCO’ – which connects Pisgah High athletes with the Broyhill Children’s Home to impact local youth.  Additionally, Hunter worked with students at a local elementary school through the ‘Breakfast of Champions’ Program.  Hunter, who plays wide receiver for ETSU’s first football team since the sport’s return to campus, was awarded Academic MVP honors last year after making the Dean’s List both semesters.  He plans to pursue a career as a physician.