Homecoming Court Bios

 2020 Homecoming elections will take place from Monday, October 12 through Sunday, October 18 at 5 pm. All undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to vote on Engage.

   2020 Homecoming Court Candidates

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Aaron Carpenter (he/him)

Alpha Epsilon Pi

Hometown: Burlington, NC


Hello everyone, my name is Aaron Carpenter and I am a biology and psychology double major from Burlington, NC. Since coming to Appalachian State University, I have been completely dedicated to making a difference in the high country. I have also been dedicated to making a difference in the lives of my fellow students. I am a founding member of the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity, and founded the chapter to make a difference in the Appalachian community. Since founding the chapter, I have been able to help raise thousands of dollars for our local community, and raised awareness for a multitude of social issues. We as students must be at the forefront of advocacy, as we can be the difference between progress and decline. I am honored to have made it to this point in our homecoming top of the rock competition. I am also very honored to represent the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity and the Appalachian community. 

Alexandra LaRocca (she/her)

Alpha Delta Pi

Hometown: Raleigh, NC


My name is Alexandra LaRocca and I am a Senior Communication Studies major from Raleigh, NC. From the second I stepped foot on campus, I have been devoted to serving the Appalachian community and have been a part of over 7 organizations, 4 of which I have held a position in. I have served as the student representative for the Library Services faculty committee and am currently serving on the Recovery Services committee that works to create effective communication on campus during the COVID-19 Pandemic. This year, I am holding the position of Chief Marketing & Communications Officer for the Student Government Association as well as the Vice President of Communication for the Panhellenic Council. I am deeply invested in the future of Appalachian State University so I am dedicated to finding leadership & involvement opportunities for my peers which is why I decided to become a Trailhead leader at the beginning of the year. App State has given me the most incredible student experience and I am honored to represent my chapter, Alpha Delta Pi, on this year’s homecoming court.


Anisha Sharma (she/her)

Renewable Energy Initiative (ASUREI)


Hometown: Summerfield, NC


Hello everyone, my name is Anisha Sharma! I am a Sustainable Development and Sustainable Technology double major from Summerfield, NC, and I am so honored to represent the Renewable Energy Initiative (ASUREI) as a finalist for Top of the Rock! I have worked hard during my time at Appalachian State University to be the change I wish to see. From creating opportunities and diversity programming for representing my culture, working to create a more equitable and sustainable campus, to creating programs to educate and advocate for important local and global issues. My time here at ASU has allowed me to partake in myriad activities and experiences, including working with the ASUREI, Women’s Center, ACT office, SGA, planning the annual Diversity Celebration, and serving as a liaison to Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture. Appalachian State is such a special place, and I am so humbled by this honor to be represented for the work that many of us do every day by trying to make a lasting difference in our community! 

Caroline Annas (she/her)

Sigma Kappa


Hometown: Lexington, NC


Hello, my fellow mountaineers, my name is Caroline Annas (she/her) from Lexington, NC and I’m more than humbled to represent Sigma Kappa on the 2020 homecoming court! I have the privilege of being a student in the Beaver College of Health Sciences to earn a Bachelor of Science in Public Health and Exercise Science minor with a desired goal to earn a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. I’m very passionate about instilling confidence and encouraging others to make a difference. My past 3 years in Sigma Kappa have allowed me to serve as the 2019 President, work on the Philanthropy Committee, and serve within the community. I’ll always have gratitude towards Appalachian State for providing endless opportunities and support to ensure that all students thrive. I will continuously work to be the best version of myself so that I can embody what it means to be a Sigma Kappa and a Mountaineer. 


Jessie Rios Benitez (she/her)

International Appalachian (INTAPP)


Hometown: Greensboro, NC


Hi everyone! My name is Jessie Rios Benitez and I am a senior from Greensboro, North Carolina. I am double majoring in Political Science and Criminal Justice with an international concentration in both. I plan to continue my studies here at Appalachian and receive a Masters in Political Science with a concentration in international relations and comparative politics. Afterward, I plan to work in advocacy work for the immigrant community. I enjoy giving back to the community, exploring the high country, bringing global awareness to campus, and helping to give a voice to marginalized communities on campus. During my time at Appalachian, I have been able to be involved in INTAPP, CSAB, and research work in the sociology department. My favorite thing about Appalachian is the community we have created and the work of students pushing to give every student a safe space on campus. There are countless opportunities here and I hope that students continue to work to make every voice heard and taken into account. I am extremely honored and grateful to have been giving the opportunity to be on homecoming court and a chance for Top of the Rock! I'm also honored to represent Appalachian and the best student organization on campus, International Appalachian! Roll Neers!


JT Warren (he/him)

Appalachian Student Ambassadors


Hometown: Winston Salem, NC


My name is JT Warren and I am a senior at Appalachian State from Winston Salem, NC. I have spent 4 incredible years at Appalachian and the mountains have become my home. Being a part of the Appalachian Student Ambassadors that has helped shape my college career and has introduced me to so many students, while also having the opportunity to meet prospective students and share my Appalachian experience. I also have had the opportunity to participate in RUF and serve the community with a smile, cup of coffee, and pastries during my time at Stick Boy Bread Co. Overall, what I love and cherish the most is the ability to meet people that have life stories that are totally different than my own; and that has been the biggest blessing. 


Sophia Lang (she/her)

Delta Zeta


Hometown: Matthews, NC 


Hey y’all! My name is Sophia and I am from Matthews, NC! I am majoring in Management with a minor in Human Resource Management and am in my senior year in the College of Business. I am a proud member of the Honors College and will be presenting my thesis in the spring! I hope to continue my education through the MBA program here at ASU. I am a proud member of Delta Zeta Sorority and have held leadership positions as VP of Programming and Alumnae Chairwoman and enjoy helping out wherever I can. I have had the honor of working for the university through University Housing at the service desk and currently work the front desk in the Writing Center. I have also been a member of Delight Ministries and APPS Special Events during my college career. My favorite part about Appalachian is that every single student has a place where they belong and the faculty here will do everything they can to help you achieve your goals! I hope to bring the encouraging spirit of Appalachian with me in my career and will always be proud to call myself a Mountaineer. I find value in the little things and am grateful for the relationships and memories   I have made these past 4 years. I’d like to thank my parents for teaching me to always be kind and to reach for the moon. Even if you miss, you will land among the stars! 



Sydney Stoter (she/her)

Appalachian Student Ambassadors


Hometown: Califon, NJ


Hello! My name is Sydney and I am a senior Communication Sciences and Disorders major with minors in Spanish and American Sign Language. I am from Califon, New Jersey and am humbled to represent the Appalachian Student Ambassadors on this year’s homecoming court! My past three years as a Student Ambassador have been the most impactful. Ambassadors has enabled me to mold prospective students’ lives on campus tours, hold leadership positions in the group and on the Executive Committee, volunteer at service events like the Canned Food Drive, and have an outlet to give back to Appalachian and the community. Ambassadors has taught me what it means to be a servant leader by contributing to a cause much greater than myself. I could not imagine my undergraduate experience taking place anywhere else. I am eager to pursue a doctor of Audiology degree while always tightly holding onto what it means to be a Mountaineer!


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