stats: 16, Junior at Montgomery Catholic
notable: US Open Dream Court Participant, Young Women’s Leadership Council Member, Melleny Kelly Award Winner
quotable: “Someday everything will make perfect sense, so for now, laugh at the confusion, smile through the tears, and keep reminding yourself that everything happens for a reason.”
her story: Ellie plays tennis on the JV team at Montgomery Catholic and is involved in Dream Court, an organization dedicated to helping children with disabilities learn how to play tennis. She is also a member of Key Club and Spirit Club, and she works with Young Women’s Leadership. Ellie has received many academic honors throughout her years at Montgomery Catholic. One of her favorite things about her school is its emphasis on service.
what’s next: During her time working with Dream Court, Ellie has developed a love for working with children with special needs. She wants to become a special education teacher.
PG (parental guidance) rating: Ellie stated, “I’m proud that my family participates in activities with diverse groups of people where we can always learn more about others.”
parent’s perspective: Jimmy and Carol shared, “Ellie is always eager to help others. She enjoys volunteering with Dream Court and helping those with disabilities learn how to play tennis. She also enjoys spending time at Mercy House, where she assists with preparing meals and activities for children. She has a true servant’s heart.” They admire her effort to always find the positive side of every situation.
parent-to-parent: The Pool family advised other parents to “provide positive experiences to expose children to service opportunities and always encourage them to follow their heart.”