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Crockett senior named Roan Scholar

A David Crockett High School senior was recently named one of seven newest members of East Tennessee State University’s Roan Scholars Leadership Program. 
Chase Partin, who ranks in the top five in his senior class academically, with a GPA above 4.0, will join six other local Roan Scholars Class of 2019 for the honors.
The new scholars, who will join 18 returning Roan Scholars on campus next fall, also include Annie Malcolm of Sullivan East High School; Morgan Munsey of Sullivan East High School; Mandy Nutter from Dobyns-Bennett High School; Joe Oliver from Unaka High School; Kate Phillips from Pisgah High School; and Taylor Wilson of Tennessee 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 their demonstrated excellence in four areas: character, intellectual curiosity, physical vigor and leadership.
The program provides both 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 to make a positive impact.
“Selecting this year’s class was especially difficult for our Steering Committee, as the number and quality of Roan nominees continues to increase,” says program director Scott Jeffress. “The Roan Class of 2019 brings to campus a tremendous amount of talent, energy, and leadership potential.”
Partin, who will graduate from Crockett in May, has been involved throughout high school with Future Farmers of America, serving as president of the local chapter and earning numerous awards at both regional and national levels.
President of the Spanish Club and Chess Club at David Crockett, Partin is also vice president of the school’s Choral Department, and has been selected as an All-State Choir member. He has also represented Washington County at the annual State Collaborative on Reforming Education conference.
Partin is the son of Michael Myers and Amanda Jo Partin. He plans on a career in secondary or higher education.
Other members of the Roan Class of 2019 and their achievements are:
• A senior at Sullivan East High School, Annie Malcolm is the daughter of Darren and Amy Malcolm, and lives with her mother in Bluff City. She ranks at the top of her class with a 4.0 GPA and excels outside the classroom, as well, having captained the girls cross- country team that finished in the top 10 at the state championships the past two years.  
Elected this year to be senior class treasurer, she plans to study economics at ETSU, with a secondary focus on nutrition.
• The daughter of Steven and Kerri Munsey, Morgan Munsey lives in Church Hill and attends Sullivan East High School. Editor of the school’s yearbook, she is also president of both Key Club and Beta Club, and captains the varsity tennis team as well as the varsity cheerleading squad.
Having maintained a 4.0 GPA and also ranking at the top of her class, Morgan is considering studying marketing, as well as computer science, at ETSU.
• Mandy Nutter is the daughter of Bruce Nutter and Janie Haun and lives with her mother in Kingsport. A senior at Dobyns-Bennett High School, she serves as treasurer/secretary of Health Occupations Students of America, is a member of the National Honor Society, and is a multi-sport athlete. She has the distinction of having been a kicker on the Dobyns-Bennett varsity football team and the first female at the school to score a point during a varsity game.
 Mandy plans on a career in the medical field, most likely as a pediatrician. 
• The son of Kelly and Betsy Oliver of Elizabethton, Joe Oliver is vice president of his senior class at Unaka High School, as well as captain of the school’s football team. Also a member of Key Club and the National Honor Society, he maintains a 4.0 GPA and ranks in the top of his class. 
Involved with his high school’s STEM program, he plans to major in biology or physics at ETSU, and is interested in a career in gene therapy. 
• Kathryn Phillips, daughter of Dr. T. David and Malissa Phillips of Clyde, N.C., is a senior at Pisgah High School.  Co-captain of the varsity tennis team, Phillips is also the National Honor Society vice president, secretary of the school’s Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) chapter, and was a junior marshal.
A three-time member of North Carolina’s All-State Chorus, she was also selected for the North Carolina Governor’s School choral music program.
Interested in both business and pre-pharmacy as potential fields of study, Phillips is also considering a career in marketing and advertising.
• A senior at Tennessee High School, Taylor Wilson serves as president of her senior class, editor of the school yearbook and co-captain of the varsity cheerleading squad. Last summer, she was selected to participate in the Rural High School Medical Camp hosted by the Quillen College of Medicine.
Ranked first in her class with a 4.0 GPA, she plans to pursue a career as a physician — most likely specializing in oncology.  Her parents are Jeffrey and Jackie Wilson of Bluff City.
For more information about the program, contact the Roan office at 439-7677 or [email protected]