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Homecoming Court Bios

 2019 Homecoming elections will take place from Monday, October 14th at 8 am through Friday, October 18th at 5 pm. All undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to vote.

   2019 Homecoming Court Candidates


Alyssa Rodriguez (she/her/hers)

Student Government Association

Hometown: Elizabeth City, NC


Hey folx! My name is Alyssa Rodriguez and i’m a senior here at Appalachian! I’m currently majoring in Political Science, Public Administration and minoring in Business and Leadership studies. Since my time here at Appalachian, I have been involved in the Student Government Association, Hispanic Student Association, Residence Life and Housing, University Recreation,  University Communications, and ACCESS. As a first generation college student, Appalachian has allowed me to embrace a journey of leadership and growth that I never thought I would be able to. My favorite times at Appalachian have been surrounded by the friends and family that I have made since being here. I wouldn’t be the person I am today without this place. It’s always a great day to be a mountaineer. 

Nia Robinson (she/her/hers)

Appalachian Educators

Hometown: Kannapolis, NC


Hi everyone, my name is Nia and I am a senior middle grades education major from Kannapolis, NC. I absolutely love to serve the community and others, even if it's just simply putting a smile on someone's face. I am highly involved in the College of Education and believe strongly in helping the children of our future, and encouraging future educators. My favorite thing about Appalachian is the kindness of the people in the university and in the community. In the future, I hope to pursue graduate school in the field school counseling. I am extremely honored to have made it to this point in the  homecoming top of the rock competition and I'm grateful for the opportunity to represent Appalachian and the best club ever, Appalachian Educators!  

Joseph Painter (he/him/his)

Appalachian Ambassadors


Hometown: Gastonia, NC


Hey friends! My name is Joseph, I am a senior from Gastonia, NC studying Business Management and minoring in Communication. A few things about me: My favorite place to eat in Boone is without a doubt Melanie's - but I probably eat Chick-fil-A more than any other college student I've ever met. My idea of fun as of late is meeting my friends at Local Lion early in the morning to hang out, just like old men do at Mcdonald's after they are retired. My favorite part of my time at Appalachian has been being surrounded by such an amazing support system in the friends and professors I have grown to love so much. My sophomore year, my friend and I said "why not run a marathon?" when we had never really been runners before...  we just went for it and trained in the SRC and on the greenway until we were able to successfully run the Myrtle Beach Marathon - one of the hardest, yet most worthwhile things I've ever done. 


In my time here, I have had the pleasure to serve Appalachian as a Student Ambassador. On top of giving weekly tours, I have held three leadership positions, serving as the Membership Outreach Coordinator, the CFD Business Liaison, and now the Scholar's Day Coordinator. RUF has been an amazing source of community for me, and I have been able to serve as a first year mentor and now as a Community Group host. I have also invested myself in the Boone Community as a mentor through the Western Youth Network. I spent a year working at Crossroads coffee shop as a Barista learning to make the coffee that I have loved for so long, and then I spent a semester working in the Office of University Scholarships, where I answered any and all questions from prospective students and parents about the Scholarship process here at Appalachian. The hardest thing I ever had to do was learn how to say no to the other amazing opportunities that are offered here at Appalachian, but by learning to say no, I was able to say a confident yes to committing to the amazing organizations and jobs listed above, and in doing so was blessed enough to serve this University, this town, and most importantly, the people I've come in contact with through it all. 

Ann-Marie Mignone (she/hers/they)

Cone Hall Council


Hometown: Waxhaw, NC


Rocks, rocks, and more rocks…


As a double major in Geology and Archeology, I really love rocks! I also really love people, and I’m proud to say that coming to App State has strengthened my passion for others. Despite having nearly 20,000 students, Appalachian fosters a close and caring community. Within this environment I have made so many amazing friends that have helped me realize the importance of the individual; this gives me the drive to try to make change one person at a time. Being a first year RA in Cone Hall gives me the opportunity not only to impact fellow students, but also to develop closer relationships with faculty and staff. Being Top of the Rock would make me more approachable to others, and allow me to be a voice for students in the community.


And of course, what’s a better place for a Geologist to be than on top of a rock?

Ethan Triplett (he/him/his)

Cone Hall Council


Hometown: Shelby, NC



My name is Ethan Triplett and I am a junior from Shelby, North Carolina. I am currently majoring in Exercise Science with minors in Music and Chemistry.  I am a member of the Honors College and serve as a Resident Assistant in Cone Hall working with freshman honors students. I've served as an Appol Corps leader and director and am a current member of the Appalachian Student Ambassadors. I have also been a member of the Appalachian Symphony Orchestra since my freshman year playing both violin and cello. My time here at Appalachian has helped me grow so much as a person and I can't imagine what my life would be without it. I love sharing my passion for Appalachian with others when giving tours and speaking with prospective students. I look forward to what's in store for the rest of my time here at Appalachian.  

Lauren Hempen (she/her/hers)

Appalachian Ambassadors


Hometown: Apex, NC


The magic of this university has inspired me since the day I first walked onto campus. Even as an English major and writer, there aren’t enough words to properly express how much I love our community. I try my best every week, as I tour future Mountaineers around our campus, hoping they feel the same kind of magic I have always felt in our little mountain town. 

Logan DiFranco (she/her/hers)

Chi Omega


Hometown: Cary, North Carolina


Hello! My name is Logan DiFranco and I am a senior Public Relations and Journalism double major from Cary, North Carolina. I am so thankful to be considered for Top of the Rock this year! Special thank you's to Chi Omega and all of my sisters who nominated me as well as the Appalachian Student Ambassadors and the Diversity Scholars program. Thank you for taking the time to vote and I hope you enjoy all of the great homecoming activities happening this week. 

Rachael Beller (she/her/hers)

Kappa Delta


Hometown: Pickerington, OH


Hello Mountaineers! My name is Rachael Beller (she/her/hers) and I am currently a senior management and marketing major from Pickerington, Ohio. I am a part of Kappa Delta, SOUL, The Plemmons Leadership Scholars, and have worked in the ACT Office the past two years. Appalachian has become a home for me not only through these organizations, but because of the incredible people that make up this town! It is an honor to be on homecoming court and represent the campus that has given me so much.... it’s always a great day to be a Mountaineer!