Princess Soldier Ellie
“I am a princess,” Ellie says and smiles as if to dare you to say she isn’t a member of a royal family. Then she adds, “You can include that picture of me with my family on Panther Field on senior night.”
It is not a surprise that the QHS senior had the highest average in a creative writing class in 9th grade.
“I also got the Uniform Excellence award in JROTC in 9th grade, and I got 2nd place in The National Council of Negro Women essay contest.”
“I’m a good leader. I’m nice to many people I like. I help the sick and homeless. I give to the Salvation Army. I stand up for anybody, if I like you. If I don’t like you, you’re up a bad creek. I want to be remembered as a beautiful princess who doesn’t take ‘no’ for an answer. I’m a sweetheart, but it’s my way or the highway.”
Those not on Ellie’s highway may not be there to see her obtain her Master of Science in Nursing, but Ellie’s close friends and family nod when she says,
“I’m going to open a family clinic probably in Florida or on the Gulf Coast. I want to be near the water.”
One way she is planning on doing that is through an enlistment in the National Guard. Her current work in the Quitman High School JROTC gives her access to all the information she needs.
Until then Ellie plans on taking college classes, competing in HOSA competitions, singing with abandon at choral concerts and in her car, obtaining her CNA certification, and enjoying her senior year which she describes as, “Same as any other year.”