Friday 20 Oct 2017

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High School Athlete Of The Week – Alexus Elliott

Alexus Elliott’s impressive list of accomplishments through roughly more than half her high school career speaks for itself.

Perhaps Elliott’s greatest attribute is that in the midst of success or adversity, her demeanor rarely changes.

A junior at Southern Wayne, Elliott is a member of the Saints’ volleyball and track teams. She also is a member of Southern Wayne’s Future Business Leaders of America, National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta and Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Elliott is this week’s WGBR High School Athlete of the Week.

The WGBR High School Athlete of the Week is a partnership between Curtis Media Group, Mt. Olive Pickles, Wayne UNC Health Care, O’Berry and Lewis Insurance and Goldsboro Physical Therapy to recognize local high school athletes who excel athletically, academically and through service to their community.

Each Friday morning through November 17th, a local high school athlete will be recognized on the WGBR morning show as well as in a feature story on goldsborodailynews.com. The recognized athletes are chosen by the athletic department and administration from their respective high schools.

Elliott began playing volleyball in the seventh grade. During her time at Southern Wayne she’s seen her passing, hitting and efficiency as a blocker all improve. Elliott was an Eastern Carolina 3-A/4-A All-Conference selection as sophomore in 2016. As of Wednesday, Elliott had recorded 67 kills, 63 blocks and 11 aces this season.

“Alexus has really blossomed as a leader on the court, just vocally and leading by example,” Southern Wayne head coach Jamie Williams said. “She’s a power house when it comes to hitting. Her leadership has just blossomed.”

Elliott joined the Saints’ track team as a freshman. Her learning curve with the discus has been short lived. As a freshman she finished first in the conference in the discus and was the conference runner-up as a sophomore.

Elliott’s impact at Southern Wayne stretches well beyond the volleyball court or the track at Southern Wayne. It is also measured in the example she’s currently setting and the lasting impact she’ll leave when she graduates.

“I don’t think she understands the importance of it,” Williams said. “(Other students) watch her from the second she walks into school to how she carries herself after a win and a loss. She’s the total package and I want them to learn from her.

When she’s not busy as an athlete, Elliott volunteers with the American Heart Association heart walk, she helps to clean up Herman Park and she volunteers with vacation Bible school at her church.

“From the American Heart Association and volunteering with the heart walk, the most rewarding thing is the people,” Elliott said. “You get to interact with so many people going through so many different things. Cleaning up the park makes you feel like you’ve done something with your life. I’ve had some interesting memories working with little kids at my church.”

Elliott has aspirations of playing volleyball collegiately and she’s considering several different majors.

“I really want to get recruited for my volleyball,” Elliott said. “I feel like if I just keep working and keep pushing I may be able to get there. I have looked at different majors including computer science, biology or speech therapy.”

4 Comments

  1. Gail says:

    Keep pushing young lady.

    Reply
  2. Anonymous says:

    Hard work pays off. I’m happy for you. #DontForgetTheUnderdog

    Reply
  3. Moore Sarcasm says:

    Saint Pride!

    Reply
  4. Anonymous says:

    Well done Miss Elliott

    Reply

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