LANSING-Ashe County High School senior Brianna Lynn McCoy has been named a member of the prestigious Roan Scholar program’s Class of 2020.
She is the daughter of Marvin and Debra McCoy and granddaughter of Dorothy Goss of Lansing. McCoy is an officer in Ashe County High School’s JROTC program, most recently holding the position of Battalion Logistics Officer. She has also been active in the Ashe County High School Student Council all four years of high school. She is ranked academically at the top of her class.
She is a member of her school’s Beta Club, where she has participated in state-level competitions and numerous service projects. Brianna is also an accomplished athlete in softball, pitching and playing outfield for a traveling softball team. She enjoys kayaking, hunting whitetail deer and turkey, and being in the outdoors in her free time.
She plans a career in the medical field as a physical therapist.
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 demonstrated excellence in the four areas of character, intellectual curiosity, physical vigor and leadership.
Roan Scholars receive 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 and making a positive impact.
“This year’s incoming Roan class was selected from a pool of 82 outstanding students nominated for their talent, energy and leadership potential by more than 50 high schools throughout our region,” program director Scott Jeffress said. “This may have been our most selective year ever. These students have already made a tremendous impact on our region. Collectively, they have founded organizations that address pressing needs in our community, earned national recognition for their academic achievement, and competed at the highest levels of athletics. THey have enormous promise to make a positive, life-long impact on ETSU, the region and the world.