Ellis signs to play tennis for Randolph College

Ellis signs to play tennis for Randolph College
Posted on 05/09/2017
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Edgar Ellis, a senior at Hickory High and a talented athlete, will play tennis in the fall for Randolph College in Lynchburg, VA.

 

“I chose Randolph because of the excellent academics and staff, along with the location and atmosphere of the city. Also, Randolph is well-known for the school’s fantastic tennis program led by Coach Jamie Megginson,” said Ellis. 

 

The recipient of  a $22,000 academic scholarship, along with $3,000 for the Let Wisdom Rise Scholarship Competition, Ellis has been accepted for the college’s prestigious SUPER STEM Program, where only 24 incoming freshman were selected.

 

“I start at Randolph College two weeks earlier than the regular freshman orientation for the STEM Program,” said Ellis. Undecided on a major, Ellis expressed an interest in studying science in preparation for possibly attending medical school. 

 

The tennis season will pick up in the fall and again in the spring, according to Ellis. He has prepared for college tennis for several years, probably since he started playing at age seven. The concentrated focus has been there since the start. “This past year I trained extensively, and I plan on doing the same this summer to prepare for tennis at Randolph.”

 

“My high school coach, John Hamilton, has taught me how to be a better person, and to control my emotions on court. I am very competitive, and Coach Hamilton helped me transfer those emotions to help my game and to win,” said Ellis.

 

“Through tennis, I have learned that one must take responsibility for their own actions. Tennis is not like football or other team sports, because all of the weight is on yourself; there is no one else to blame if you mess up,” said Ellis. “It has made me a more independent person, at the same time enhancing my skills to lead and make lasting friendships with my teammates.”

 

Ellis is proud to have been one of the top four players on his team during his years at Hickory High. “I have helped the team win Conference Champions every year, and getting to Individual States with my tennis partner William Einfalt (who graduated last year) two years in a row,” said Ellis. 

 

A member of the National Honors Society and Beta Club, Ellis is the son of Crystal and Steve Ellis. He gives much credit of his success to his parents. “They have shaped me into the person I am today. I am also thankful for my sister Evie, my brother Clay, my grandmother, Deb Turner, my granddad, Jerre Turner, and his wife, Pru Turner, my great-grandmother, Maxine Parker, and my entire family. So many family members have been a strong influence on my journey,” said Ellis.

 

”Additionally, I could never have achieved this level of tennis without learning how to play; so in addition to Coach Hamilton, I thank Coaches Bret Garnett and Jason Burgess, as well as my trainer, Mike Aronson, who helped me to take my game to the next level,” said Ellis. 

 

According to Coach Hamilton, Edgar Ellis has been a solid player all four years during his high school career. “He has been a great leader with a very young team to begin this year—and he consistently brought forth a combination of leadership, skills--and a great attitude,” said Hamilton. “We wish Edgar the very best in his college career – on the court and in the classroom!”

 

 

Group photo:

Front, Edgar Ellis with parents, Crystal and Steve Ellis; back row (L-R) HHS Athletic Director, David Craft, Bret Garnett, director of tennis/LHCC; Coach John Hamilton; Jason Burgess, director of tennis/Catawba Country Club, Mike Aronson, athletic trainer/LHCC; and HHS Principal, Katherine Cater.

 

 (Photos/post by Beverly Snowden, HPS director of communications)

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