Meet the 2021-2022 SOULs

SOUL Student Director

Gabe Ramirez 

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  • Hometown:  High Point, NC

  • Major: Chemistry

  • Favorite Boone Eatery:  Hashbrown casserole from Trivette Hall!
  • Favorite Snack:  Popcorn with buncha crunch
  • Most Excited about SOUL:  My SOUL family!

 

Student Orientation Undergraduate Leaders (SOULs)

Rinne Alt

Rinne

  • Hometown:  Greensboro, NC 

  • Major:  Graphic Design (BFA)

  • Favorite Boone Eatery:  Macado's

  • Favorite Candy:  Sweetarts for sure

  • Most Excited about  being a SOUL:  Meeting new people and working with incredible humans!

Austin Balent (2nd Year SOUL)

 Austin Balent

  • Hometown:  Charlotte, NC

  • Major:  Exercise Science

  • Favorite Boone Eatery:  Come Back Shack
  • Favorite Snack:  Mac'n'cheese
  • Most Excited about  being a SOUL:  Meeting new people and being a leader on campus.

Rae Bradley

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  • Hometown: Sanford, NC

  • Major:  English (BA) - Creative Writing
  • Favorite Boone Eatery:  Boone Bagelry
  • Favorite Candy:  Gushers for sure!
  • Most Excited about  being a SOUL:  Making Appalachian feel like home for incoming students!

Rebecca Bretzke

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  • Hometown:  Atlantic Beach, NC

  • Major:  Elementary Education (BS)
  • Favorite Boone Eatery:  Comeback Shack
  • Favorite Candy:  Reese’s
  • Most Excited about  being a SOUL:  Sharing my love of App State with incoming students and families!

Quson Brown

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  • Hometown:  Salisbury, NC

  • Major:  Political Science (TACCM)
  • Favorite Boone Eatery:  Central (upper) ; salad bar
  • Favorite Candy:  Werthers
  • Most Excited about  being a SOUL:  Growing the Appalachian community

Katherine Buchanan

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  • Hometown:  Winston Salem, NC

  • Major:  History (BS) - Applied and Public History
  • Favorite Boone Eatery:  Melanie’s for breakfast
  • Favorite Candy:  Kit Kats
  • Most Excited about  being a SOUL:  Lasting memories with my fellow SOUL’s and see what the future of AppState has to offer!

Ryan Catalano

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  • Hometown: Mebane, NC

  • Major:  Studio Art with a concentration in Ceramics
  • Favorite Boone Eatery:  Melanie's and Eleven80
  • Favorite Candy:  Reeses peanut butter cups
  • Most Excited about  being a SOUL:  Meeting new people and creating a caring environment for new students.

Lauren Cecile

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  • Hometown: Kernersville, NC

  • Major:  Communication, Public Relations (BS)
  • Favorite Boone Eatery:  The Local
  • Favorite Candy:  Sour Straws
  • Most Excited about  being a SOUL:  Getting to meet all the future mountaineers and making their transition to App easier!

Dina Clemente

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  • Hometown:  Mooresville, NC

  • Major:  Management (BSBA)
  • Favorite Boone Eatery:  Coyote Kitchen
  • Favorite Candy:  Reese's cups
  • Most Excited about  being a SOUL:  Making new friends on campus and growing as a leader!!

Gretchen Cross

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  • Hometown:  Jamestown, NC

  • Major:  Communication Studies (BS)
  • Favorite Boone Eatery:  Sabeing
  • Favorite Candy:  junior mints
  • Most Excited about  being a SOUL:  Meeting new people!

Sharon Donahue

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  • Hometown:  Candler, NC

  • Major:  Nursing (BSN)
  • Favorite Boone Eatery:  Boone Bagelry
  • Favorite Candy:  Peanut M&Ms
  • Most Excited about  being a SOUL:  Meeting new students and building relationships with other SOULs!

Michael Gautier (3rd Year SOUL)

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  • Hometown: Dunn, NC

  • Major: English, Secondary Education

  • Favorite Club/Org:  Appalachian Educators

  • Favorite "Pick Me Up:" Spending time with my friends, kind words, and music!

  • Favorite Thing about Appalachian: The people and the passion they bring to the community!

Gabriela Gonzalez

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  • Hometown:  Cary, NC

  • Major:  Chemistry (BS) - Biochemistry
  • Favorite Boone Eatery:  My Phó of Boone
  • Favorite Candy:  Any Rainbow candy
  • Most Excited about  being a SOUL:  Learning more about App and meeting new people!

Leah Harrison

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  • Hometown:  Charlotte, NC

  • Major:  History, Social Studies Education (BS)
  • Favorite Boone Eatery:  Comeback shack
  • Favorite Candy:  Kit Kats
  • Most Excited about  being a SOUL:  I am excited to help new students on their journey to loving being an App State student!

 

... even more SOULs!

Gavi Jacobson (2nd Year SOUL)

Gavi Jacobson

  • Hometown:  Ventnor, NJ

  • Major:  Sociology

  • Favorite Boone Eatery:  Melanies
  • Favorite Food:  Cheesecake
  • Most Excited about  being a SOUL:  Making new friends and connections.  

Kathryn Long

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  • Hometown: Seaboard, NC

  • Major:  Communication Sciences and Disorders (BS)
  • Favorite Boone Eatery:  The Local
  • Favorite Candy:  Twix!
  • Most Excited about  being a SOUL:  To share my love of App with new students.

Ali Manning Plumides

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  • Hometown:  Charlotte, NC
  • Major:  History (BS) - Multidisciplinary  
  • Favorite Boone Eatery:  Sabeing
  • Favorite Candy:  Sour Patch Kids
  • Most Excited about  being a SOUL:  Meeting new people and helping new students at App!

Christian Martin (2nd Year SOUL)

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  • Hometown: Winston-Salem, NC 

  • Major: Middle Grades Education 

  • Favorite Boone Eatery: The Local 

  • Favorite Candy: Gummy Bears 

  • Most Excited about being a SOUL: Summer in Boone with the best job ever!!

Evan Martino 

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  • Hometown:  Monroe, NC
  • Major:  Political Science (BS) - American Politics
  • Favorite Boone Eatery:  Come Back Shack
  • Favorite Candy:  Somewhat a controversial pick, but I love Red Vines above all else.
  • Most Excited about  being a SOUL:  Being able to connect with incoming students and help guide them through their own experience here at App.

Thomas McNeill (2nd Year SOUL)

Thomas McNeill

  • Hometown:  Sanford, NC
  • Major:  History Education
  • Favorite Boone Eatery: Los or Melanie's
  • Favorite Candy:  Sour gummy worms
  • Most Excited about SOUL:  I love meeting new people so I am super excited to get to know and hang out with the other SOULs!

Sherri Rajesh

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  • Hometown:  Durham, NC
  • Major:  Music Therapy (BM)
  • Favorite Boone Eatery:  The Local or China Wok
  • Favorite Candy:  Nerd clusters
  • Most Excited about  being a SOUL:  I am super excited to welcome incoming students and help set them up for a great college experience.

Tara Rogers 

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  • Hometown: Clarkton, NC

  • Major:  Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies (BA)
  • Favorite Boone Eatery:  Taste Grill
  • Favorite Candy:  Sour Gummy Worms
  • Most Excited about  being a SOUL:  Helping incoming students with their first college schedule.

Kate Romatzick (2nd Year SOUL)

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  • Hometown:  Chapel Hill, NC
  • Major:  Accounting
  • Favorite Boone Eatery:  Black Cat Burrito
  • Favorite Food:  Sushi or Mediterranean Food!
  • Most Excited about SOUL:  Being able to connect with other students and continue to build a community here at App.

TJ Sanders (3rd Year SOUL)

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  • Hometown: Clayton, NC

  • Major: Studio Art

  • Favorite Club/Org: Student Support Services

  • Favorite "Pick Me Up:" a Snickers bar!

  • Favorite Thing about Appalachian: I love the mountains. Also, the sense of community around App is amazing! 

Carrie Semke (2nd Year SOUL)

Carrie Semke

  • Hometown:  Winston Salem, NC
  • Major:  Elementary Education
  • Favorite Boone Eatery:  Come Back Shack
  • Favorite Snack:  Chocolate chip cookies
  • Most Excited about SOUL:  Getting to spend the summer in Boone and meeting new people!

Sarah Skergan

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  • Hometown: Raleigh, NC

  • Major:  Communication Sciences and Disorders (BS)
  • Favorite Boone Eatery:  Cobo
  • Favorite Candy:  Smarties, Milky Way Midnights
  • Most Excited about  being a SOUL:  Getting to help new students feel more comfortable about starting college at App!

Collin Streitman

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  • Hometown:  Matthews, NC
  • Major:  Computer Science (BS)
  • Favorite Boone Eatery:  Pho
  • Favorite Candy:  Sweet Tarts Cherry Ropes
  • Most Excited about SOUL:  Getting to know all the other SOUL's!!!!

Kelsey Strickland

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  • Hometown: Boone, NC
  • Major:  Elementary Education (BS)
  • Favorite Boone Eatery:  I am a big Stickboy Kitchen fan or Moon.
  • Favorite Candy:  Dark chocolate Milky Ways or dark chocolate in general
  • Most Excited about  being a SOUL:  I am really excited to mentor incoming Appalachian State students and serve as a guide/safe person for them to talk to.

Erica Walker (2nd Year SOUL)

Erica Walker

  • Hometown:  North Wilkesboro, NC
  • Major:  Art Education
  • Favorite Boone Eatery:  Taqueria El Paso
  • Favorite Candy:  Sour Patch Kids
  • Most Excited about SOUL:  Being able to meet new people and help them get adjusted to App!