Emily Laurel Ellison

Emily, daughter of Eric and Patricia Ellison, graduated as valedictorian of Cocke County High School. She was a member of the Cocke County FFA livestock judging, dairy judging, envirothon, parliamentary procedure, and veterinary science teams. She was selected as the Tennessee FFA Eastern Region Star Farmer, and won the Eastern Region Forage Production Proficiency, and the Tennessee State FFA Sheep Production Proficiency. Emily served as president of both the Cocke County FFA and the Tennessee Junior Sheep Producers Association. She was an active member of the Cocke County 4-H, Cocke County High School Principal’s Council, National Honors Society, Mu Alpha Theta Math Club and Beta Club.

Emily attended Clemson University where she majored in Animal and Veterinary Science with a minor in Biological Sciences. She was a member of Sigma Alpha and served on the disciplinary committee, a member of the Clemson University Professional Greek Council and the Tigers for Tigers conservation club.

She was accepted as an early admission to the doctoral program in Veterinary Medicine at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. After completing her first year of the doctoral program, she received her undergraduate degree.  Emily’s future plans are to complete the doctoral program and begin her career as a veterinarian in her home community.

    The Niswonger Foundation was established in 2001 to make a positive and sustainable difference in education in Northeast Tennessee. This dream was envisioned by Scott M. Niswonger, who founded Landair Transport, Inc. and Forward Air Corporation. These companies were the first two Greeneville-based companies to be taken public in the history of Greene County, Tennessee. Jointly, the companies have combined annual revenue of over one-billion-dollars and employ more than 5000 people.


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