My name is Sheterria Heaven Elliott, and I’m a 17-year-old senior who attends Everglades High School with a current 3.2 GPA. I have all A’s on my report card, but struggle in math (my current grade in math is a C). I am an anti-bullying advocate who mentors kids on Bullying and the effects of it, I intern for Dade County School Board Member Vice-Chair, Dr. Dorothy Bendross- Mindingall and I’m also the captain of my school’s cheer squad of 60 girls, and have been cheering for 13 years with plans to cheer in college.
In December of 2016, I was chosen to attend the Annual BCAA (Broward County Athletic Association) All-Star football game by my school. I was amongst the Best of the Best Athletes in Florida, and I won a college scholarship for an essay I had to prepare in 15 minutes, which I relayed how unlike the other athletes, I have to work extra, extra hard to see (because I’m visually challenged), to perform the choreographed routines and land in the right spots and how difficult it is for me to determine the spacing to the floor when I’m performing roll-offs and backf lips. The judges literally came to me at the awards banquet and expressed their admiration for me, what I wrote, and my determination stating they didn’t realize how difficult things were for me because I made it seem so easy during practice and game day (Imagine that)! While I only had 5 days to get rigorous stunts, over 80 cheers, and band dances for the game, I never complained and practiced after school until late night until I had every routine down.