Homecoming Court Bios

Congratulations to the 2017 Homecoming Court! Below is a brief bio of each candidate and the organization they represent.  2017 Homecoming elections will take place Monday, October 2nd at 8 am - Thursday, October 5th at 5 pm. All undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to vote.

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Abby Barry

Abby Barry
Representing: Appalachian Ambassadors
Major(s): Psychology

Hello, Mountaineer Family! I am a senior Honors College Student studying Psychology and pursuing a minor in Studio Art. I am originally from Dayton, OH and I cherish attending the beautiful Appalachian State University. I have been serving as an Airman in the Air National Guard in Charlotte, North Carolina for four years. I am an Emergency Manager in the Guard, and my primary role is to prepare for and respond to natural disasters across the globe and in our state. As a student service member, I balance attending training and weekend drills with my dedication to the Student Ambassador Organization, Reformed University Fellowship, and my academics. As a Student Ambassador, I serve as this year's Canned Food Drive Coordinator for the Hunger and Health Coalition of Watauga County. I love to explore the Blue Ridge Mountains by hiking, canoeing, and trail running. I am honored to be a part of the 2017 Homecoming Court, and am proud to be a Mountaineer!

Alan Lee

Alan Lee
Representing: Student Government Association
Major(s): Political Science

My name is Alan Lee, a Senior Political Science major and Sustainable Development minor from Matthews, North Carolina. I am tremendously blessed to be given the opportunity to serve on this year’s Homecoming Court. I proudly serve as the Student Body Vice President, which has been one of the coolest experiences of my lifetime. I am also a brother of Sigma Nu Fraternity, where I live by our three core values of love, honor, and truth. The members of this fraternity have meant a lot to me, and I would not be the person that I am today without their camaraderie and support. I also serve on the APPS Spirit and Traditions Council, where we make efforts to uphold and sustain the traditions of the student experience. In addition, I also had the opportunity to serve as a SOUL this summer, which helped our First-Year students get acclimated into our university. My goal in life is to serve others, and I would like to do so by serving in the government. I have already made strides towards this goal, as I am a newly appointed member of the Boone Planning Commission, representing students in making sure that Boone continues to be a special place. Boone has meant so much to so many people, and for that I am grateful. Appalachian has transformed me as a person, so I am truly honored to be apart of the group.

Emma Labovitz

Emma Labovitz
Representing: Chi Omega Sorority
Major(s): Political Science and Global Studies

My name is Emma Labovitz a senior majoring in Political Science and Global Studies with a Spanish minor. It is an honor to be nominated on behalf of my sorority, Chi Omega, where I have served as both the Philanthropy Chair and Multicultural Liaison. Outside of Chi Omega, I have had the privilege to serve as a Student Ambassador and to work closely with our Alternative Service Experiences in which I currently serve on both the executive board and as a student peer leader. Finally, as a member of the honors college, I have enjoyed being pushed within my academics. It is an aggregate of these experiences and more importantly, the people I have met, that have allowed me to grow as a person and molded me into who I am today. Moving forward, as I pursue a career in aiding refugee communities, I will always carry the values I learned as a student here and be proud to be a mountaineer! 

Lupe Rosales

Guadalupe Rosales
Representing: International Appalachian (IntAPP)
Major(s): International Business & Spanish

My name is Lupe Rosales, and I am an International Business and Spanish Double Major. Appalachian State has allowed me to create memories with some of the most incredible people from around the world. I have been part of International Appalachian (INTAPP) since my first year at ASU. I’m honored to represent this awesome organization who strives to internationalize campus ASU by promoting study abroad and enhancing international students’ experiences at ASU. I have also been a Resident Assistant twice, President of the Hispanic Student Association, Trailhead Academy Guide, and LEAD Orientation Guide. I am leading an international ASE Spring Break of 2018. I currently work at the Office of International Education and Development. App State has given me the opportunity to meet influential leaders who have positively impacted my time here at ASU.   

Kiley Coster

Kiley Coster
Representing: Club Council
Major(s): Public Relations

Kiley Coster is a Senior, Public Relations Major with three minors in Nonprofit Management, Leadership, and Appalachian Studies. Her time at Appalachian has provided many varying development opportunities that led to transformative experiences that shaped her future. After being part of the Emerging Leaders Program, and serving as a Program Coordinator, Kiley pursued multiple leadership roles within Club Council, including Director of Programming and Membership. She founded Appalachia Service Project at Appalachian State, a club that addresses substandard housing issues in Appalachia, and currently serves as the President of Club Council. Kiley is passionate about meeting people where they are, hearing people's stories, and supporting every individual and group as they use their passion to make positive change. Kiley is thankful for her Appalachian family and the opportunities she has had to become a proud part of the Mountaineer Tradition.

Matthew Raynor

Matthew Raynor
Representing: Appalachian Popular Programming Society (APPS)
Major(s): Hospitality and Tourism Management

Matthew Raynor is a fourth-year Hospitality and Tourism Management major with a minor in Leadership Studies. He has been a member of the Appalachian State community since August 2014 and has previously served in the following leadership roles: Chairperson for the Appalachian Popular Programming Society (APPS) Special Events Council, Dance Captain for ACT’s annual Dance Marathon, Desk Shift Volunteer in the Henderson Springs LGBT Center, and Resident Assistant in Mountaineer Hall. Currently, Matt is serving as a Resident Assistant for a third consecutive year, now, in East Hall, while also presiding as the President of APPS. Upon graduation from Appalachian State, Matt aims to attend graduate school to obtain a double masters in business administration and college student development with which he hopes to work at the Walt Disney World Resort and eventually retire to work in a university setting. In his free time, he enjoys discussing issues of equity and inclusion as well as indulging in The Legend of Zelda and RuPaul’s Drag Race. 

Shane Cody

Shane Cody
Representing: Club Council
Major(s): Finance and Banking

Hey y'all, my name is Shane Cody. I am currently a Senior, Finance and Banking major with plans to attend graduate school for College Student Development. During my time at Appalachian I have had the honor to serve in a variety of positions. I currently serve as the Director of Membership for Club Council. Club Council serves as an advisory board for approximately 400 clubs and organizations. I have also gotten to work with peers through the Appalachian State Chapter of the National Society of Leadership and Success, which I currently serve as President. Through my time with the Society, I have worked to help my peers be successful and to grow as leaders. My involvement continues through my work as a Resident Assistant in Hoey Hall.  I want to also say thank you to my family and friends who have supported me through my time at Appalachian and a HUGE thank you to the Appalachian Community as a whole who has loved me like family, and for that, I am forever grateful. Go Apps!

Zachary Boyles

Zachary Boyles
Representing: Appalachian Ambassadors
Major(s): Economics

My name is Zachary, and I am a senior Economics major with a minor in Political Science. I am originally from Boston, MA but was raised in Spartanburg, SC. I joined the Appalachian Family in 2014 and have been involved ever since. Ranging from Greek life, President of Mental Health Ambassadors in the Counseling Center, and an Executive Member for the Appalachian Student Ambassadors; I have loved exploring as many parts of campus as possible. This December, I am graduating early and am planning to go to graduate school in the Netherlands to continue studying Economics. A fun fact about me is that I finished 3rd among college athletes in a triathlon this past summer! I am so thankful to be given the opportunity to be on Homecoming Court, and am forever grateful for the Appalachian Family. Go Apps!