Shining Student Spotlight: Ellah Smith
Ellah Smith, a Kenton Ridge High School Senior, is this week’s Shining Student Spotlight! You can find her dazzling on stage in dance or musical theater when she's not spreading positivity and joy around her community! Ellah spreads kindness around the school by being her true, authentic, smiley self and bringing a moment of kindness to everybody’s day!
We had the chance to steal Ellah from her busy schedule to answer some interview questions! Check out what she had to say!
Q: What are you most passionate about?
A: I am most passionate about a lot of things - dance, musical theater, tennis, my faith, my family, and my friends.
Q: What are you most proud of accomplishing?
A: I am most proud of being Clara in the Nutcracker my sophomore year. It is a part I have always wanted, and it was the most fun and magical experience I've ever had.
Q: What challenges have you overcome, and how have they made you a stronger person?
A: A challenge I have overcome is stage fright. Being a performer can be very nerve-wracking, but after going onstage while feeling nervous, I overcame that fear and performed the best that I could.
Q: How do you make a difference in your school and community?
A: I think I make a difference in my school's community with my positivity. School can be difficult sometimes, and I think it's nice to have someone encouraging and being positive.
Q: What clubs and sports are you involved with at KR or outside of school?
A: I like to be involved with as much as I can. In school, I am involved with FCCLA, Younglife, Fellowship of Christian Students, the National Honor Society, the French Honor Society, Chambers Singers, and the Student Advisory Council. Outside of school, I am involved with Youth Arts Ambassadors, BATS (Bringing Awareness To Students), and Springfield Ballet Theater. I study dance at the Ohio Performing Arts Institute and dance 3 days a week. I am also currently in two musicals - "Godspell" and "James and the Giant Peach."
Q: What does “Cougar Pride” mean to you?
A: Cougar Pride, to me, means to be proud of your school and the great things your school community stands for.
Q: What does “Once a Cougar, Always a Cougar” mean to you?
A: Once a Cougar, Always a Cougar" to me means that even though we graduate, we will always have a place at Kenton Ridge.
Q: What advice would you give your underclassmen?
A: Advice I would give to the underclassmen is to enjoy every moment. It goes by so fast, so don't take anything for granted. Make the most out of every school day. And to also be involved. It's so much fun being a part of different clubs and activities. You get to do lots of fun things and make new friends.
Q: What has been your favorite memory throughout your years of high school?
A: My favorite memory would have to be my senior tennis season. I was selected to be the team captain, and it meant a lot to me. Making such good memories with the team and hanging out with them is something I will miss so much. I got so close with them this year, and I know they will do great things next year.
Q: What do you plan to do in the future?
A: In the future, I want to be a teacher. I am most likely attending Bluffton University. I will be majoring in education and minoring in musical theater. I want to run a show choir and a dance team at the school I teach at. I also will never stop performing, so I will for sure be auditioning for whatever comes up.
Ellah’s teachers emphasized how independent and strong Ellah is; they cannot wait to see her go further in life and keep up to date with all she accomplishes because they know it will be amazing! Ellah, your friends, community, and staff could not be more proud of you and everybody is so proud of you! Finish out your senior year strong and keep being you!
Author: Teagan Coffman (KRHS ‘24), Communications Intern