The award recognizes student-athletes who are active in school and the community while also showing leadership.
“Football has taught me discipline, sportsmanship, how to be a team player and leadership. I have learned from my football experience that it doesn’t matter how I start off, but how I finish,” Ellison said in a released statement. “I want to be a positive example of someone coming from a community that’s considered unfortunate, who has made it through life successfully by showing others who come from a similar environment that there’s still hope in life, other than some of the options they choose.”
Ellison led the Pumas with 30 catches for 621 yards and seven touchdowns this season. Burton finished 1-9, including 1-5 in the Academic Athletic Association. He also is on the boys’ basketball and track teams. He was MVP of the football and track teams as a junior.
Off the field, Ellison is the secretary for the school’s Black Student Union and volunteered this summer to teach the underprivileged about technology through the Digital Connector Program.