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Jamestown Public Schools
Jamestown High School senior, Ella Smith, was recently awarded a $1,000 scholarship from the Jamestown Teachers Association (JTA). Ella, who will be attending Houghton College next year, will major in education and communications with a desire to become a teacher. The JTA Scholarship is given to a senior each year that is going into the field of education.
“After spending just a few minutes with Ella I could feel her excitement and enthusiasm for passing on her love of learning, which she got from her teachers, on to future generations,” said JTA President Stephanie Sardi. “When Ella graduates from Houghton she would love to teach at the high school level, and I believe that Jamestown Public Schools would be fortunate to have a talented teacher like her.”
The JTA Scholarship is awarded to a senior who intends to enter the field of teaching. The recipient is selected on the basis of academic achievement, character, and a personal essay.
In her 2021 JTA Scholarship award winner essay Ella said she has a “desire to become a teacher is rooted in the prospect of not only molding young minds, but initiating the question of how to think, while maintaining a sense of compassion and the ability and proficiency required to impart such compassion in order to strengthen the future.” Ella is a student who initiates questions, thinks deeply, and acts compassionately.
Ella has received numerous honors and awards including: JHS Top 5%, Tennis Leadership and Newcomer Award, Volleyball MVP, Fessenden, Laumer, and DeAngelo Scholar Athlete, DAR Good Citizen Award, All-Star 2nd Team and Keuka College Leadership Scholarship. Ella has also been actively involved while at JHS with volleyball, tennis, Student Council, FCA, Yearbook Club and Honor Society.