Homecoming Court Candidate Bios
Congratulations to the 2016 Homecoming Court! Below is a brief bio of each candidate and the organization they represent. Homecoming elections will take place Monday, October 17th at 8 a.m. - Thursday, October 20th at 5 p.m. All undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to vote.
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Pooja Adial (App Heights Hall Council)
My name is Pooja, and I am senior Cell/ Molecular Biology major with minors in chemistry and psychology. I am planning to go to medical school after I graduate. I am taking a year off in between and planning to do AmeriCorps. I was born and raised in Gujarat, India and moved to the US in 2006 and currently my parents live in Montgomery, AL. I am fluent in three languages; Hindi, Gujarati and English. I am one of three kids; I have an older sister and a younger brother. I am really involved on campus. I have a Resident Assistant for 3 years. I am also really involved with Alternative Service Experience (ASE) on campus. I have led two ASEs and is planning to lead a third one over the winter break. I also serve on the Student Conduct Board. A little fun fact about me is that I have never had meat in my life.
Shannon Carr (Alpha Delta Pi):
Hello Mountaineers! My name is Shannon Carr, and I am a senior double majoring in Electronic Media Broadcasting and Political Science! I am originally from Greensboro, NC, and I am graduating this December. I joined Alpha Delta Pi sorority my freshman year, and it has given me an amazing sisterhood and immeasurable leadership experiences. I currently am lucky enough to serve as president of my sorority Alpha Delta Pi, and I love being able to work with my 130+ sisters every day. Last year I served on cabinet of Student Government Association as Chief of Staff, and before that served as a Senator in SGA. SGA really opened my eyes and taught me so much about the University and the culture of App State. Appalachian State has given me so many leadership experiences that I know wouldn’t have been possible at any other school. I am so thankful to be given the opportunity to be on Homecoming Court, and am forever grateful for all of the students, administrators, and staff at Appalachian State that have pushed me to be where I am today. Go Apps!
Abbey Ellis (Sigma Kappa)
Hey everyone, my name is Abbey Ellis! I am honored to represent Appalachian and my specific organizations on Homecoming Court! Appalachian State has given me so many awesome opportunities and friendships through both Sigma Kappa and having served as a SOUL, and later as Student Director. Although I will earn my Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish this upcoming spring and will move on to further endeavors, I will always be a proud mountaineer.
Nick Gilliam (Student Government Association)
Hello fellow Mountaineers! My name is Nick Gilliam. I am currently a senior here at App State and will be graduating from the accounting program in the spring. Appalachian State has challenged me through academia, extracurricular activities, and most of all has helped me to continually grow as a person – for that I am grateful. I am so excited for all of those who are currently growing with Appalachian State and for those who have just begun their journeys with us. I hope to be able to represent this campus by being a person who makes myself available to all students and lends a hand in any way that I can. As Top of the Rock, I hope to represent everything Appalachian does for each of its students by staying involved in campus life and helping others to experience all that App has to offer. While Appalachian State will always have places to grow and better itself, I believe that this institution does a great job of providing positive challenging opportunities to everyone who walks through its doors. I am so thankful to have been given the opportunity to represent our campus and student body. Thanks for everything Appalachian State and vote for me for Top of the Rock!
Jordan Gross (Zeta Tau Alpha)
Hi everyone! My name is Jordan Gross and I am a senior majoring in Public Relations with a minor in Religious Studies. I feel honored to have been nominated by my sorority, Zeta Tau Alpha, where I have served as their service chair and PanHellenic Delegate. I currently serve as the Vice President of Programming on Appalachian’s PanHellenic Council. Through this position, I have the opportunity to plan events on behalf of Greek life that are both beneficial and enjoyable to the Greek community. I also serve as Publicity Chair for the Public Relations Student Society of America. Through my time at Appalachian, I have crossed many circles and formed countless meaningful relationships with peers. After graduating I hope to explore the nonprofit sector, and potentially attend graduate school to pursue a degree in counseling and/or ministry. It is my earnest and true hope that each person I work with, through leadership positions and classroom endeavors knows that they are loved and valued. The most important value in my life is kindness; I try to live by the phrase “do all things with kindness.” I really try to put compassion and positivity into everything that I do, and it is so important to me that each person I encounter receives the basic human kindness that all people so dearly deserve. I hope that this genuine desire is translated through my actions within the university and within relationships with my peers and co-leaders.
Jonathan Mauldin (Club Council)
My name is Jonathan Mauldin, and I am so excited to be on this year’s Homecoming Court! I am originally from Lumberton, NC, a small city in southeastern NC. Being from a small area, I learned at a young age the importance of community relationship and how important every person’s help was in community growth. Since coming to Appalachian, I have maintained my beliefs in community relationships and have worked to improve the community at Appalachian. I am currently a Senior Accounting major with plans to pursue a Masters in Accounting after graduation. My involvements on campus stretch far and wide, as I want to leave the largest legacy possible. I serve as President of Club Council, where I work with a group of phenomenal individuals to improve inclusivity and success within organizational life. In the College of Business, I serve as in Walker Fellows, an ambassadorial group which assists with the growth and development of past, present, and prospective students. I also work in two capacities on campus, the first as an office assistant in the Dean of Students Office, where I help console students through difficult times, and secondly in University Tutoring Services, where I help students better understand their coursework. While my involvements can sometimes become stressful, the benefits that our community receives is the driving force for my continued involvement. I hope I can earn your vote for this year’s Top of the Rock as we continue to make Appalachian a better place for all students!
Jackie McKinney (Alpha Omicron Pi)
Hello, Mountaineers! I’m Jackie, and I’m a senior Criminal Justice major, with minors in Psychology, Sociology, and Political Science. I love being a student at App State, and love being involved in this community. I currently serve as the Chapter President for my sorority, Alpha Omicron Pi, as well as a Senator for Special Interest Groups within the Student Government Association. Over my four years in Boone, I’ve also had the privilege of being a Trailhead Academy Guide, and a member of several other organizations, honor societies, and university committees, such as the Forensic Science Club, Phi Alpha Delta, and the ASU Arts and Cultural Programs Advisory Committee. In my free time, you can find me in Crossroads drinking obscene amounts of coffee and taking every possible Harry Potter themed BuzzFeed quiz, or working at di Santi, Watson, a local law firm. I’m so excited to have been selected to be a part of this year’s Homecoming Court and am so thankful to represent my sweet AOIIs. Roll ‘Neers!
Nifemi Ogunro (Appalachian Ambassadors)
My name is Nifemi Ogunro, and I am an Industrial Design Major with a Minor in Appropriate Technology. Throughout my time here at Appalachian State, I have been able to grow as a person and as a leader. By my sophomore year I was fully involved in the Ambassador Organization and became a Resident Assistant. My junior year I was able to play a small role through the ACT office by becoming an ASE peer leader, served on the board for the Equity in Action conference then I became an officer for IDSA, a club through my department. Putting my involvements aside, the greatest things that I have learned from my time here at Appalachian State is how to be assertive, what true inclusivity and acceptance looks like, perseverance, and that the only way to make an impact is to have a direct hand in what you feel needs to change.
Addison Wemyss (International Appalachian - IntApp)
I’m a senior who is currently studying Commercial Photography and Public Relations. I have loved the opportunities that Appalachian has given me and the friends I have made here. Part of my experience has been with the organization, International Appalachian (INTAPP). With INTAPP I have gotten the chance to spread internationalism throughout our campus by promoting study abroad, cultural events, and showing the exchange students around our beautiful campus. I have also been lucky enough to have been involved with the club APPS, where I got to promote and provide fun events for us, students. Some of my favorite events have been Rainbow Kitten Surprise, Appalfest, and Robert Delong. I’m sure I will add The 1975 to that list this November, as they are my favorite band of all time. You can typically find me in the student union; where I typically am studying, working on one of these amazing clubs, or helping someone at the welcome desk. I plan on graduating next December, and then moving to France to perfect my French and build my photography portfolio. My long term goals include being a fashion photographer based in New York while traveling the world learning about as many different cultures as possible. In the meantime, I strive daily to put a smile on everyone’s face around me. My life motto is happiness. I believe everyone is fighting their own battle. If I help someone by making them laugh or smile, I will always make sure to do so.