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Ella Phillips Is The February CTE Student Of The Month

Congratulations to Ella Phillips who has been chosen as the February CTE Student of the Month. 

Phillips was nominated by her Careers in Education teacher Sarah Grossi who shared that “Ella is an extremely strong and dedicated student. She is doing an outstanding job in her practicum placement in first grade. She is currently leading our co-curricular Educators Rising fundraiser for Ending 68 Hours of Hunger. She has recently volunteered to help with our ATC tours. Ella is a wonderful ambassador for our TEML program and our school.”

Phillips clearly enjoys teaching: “In my Careers in Education 2 class, I am working in a first grade classroom at Antrim Elementary School, collaborating with the teacher and one of my peers to plan and teach lessons.”

In her spare time, Phillips enjoys pursuing athletic activities and the outdoors: “I run cross-country and track and field. I have received three coaches awards: Two of them were for excellence, one of these was called the Brigid Kosgei Award [in honor of the Kenyan champion of the London Marathon]. The third award was called a SISU award which was for determination, resilience, and courage.  Along with running, I love to do anything outdoors for example, hiking, kayaking, rock climbing, and biking.”

As Mrs. Grossi had noted, Phillips is someone who thinks about making contribution to the community: “I try to take on leadership roles when I can. A couple examples of this include being a member of the National Honors Society and of the National Technical Honors Society.” In the summer, she will be a cabin leader at Camp Takodah, the same camp that she attended for a few years, so her focus in community service is on giving back and paying it forward.

Ella’s future plans involve majoring in biology and minoring in marine biology in college in hopes of possibly going onto become a genetic counselor: “Throughout my college experience, I hope to join clubs, volunteer through community service, take part in a few internships, and step outside my comfort zone.”

Attending college will also facilitate her dreams to travel. “I want to study abroad as much as I can,” Phillips said. “One day, I hope to own a 1971 Volkswagen bus and travel long distances with it!” Those who know Phillips have no doubt that she will achieve all of her ambitions.

Congratulations, Ella, on this special honor!