Brewer High School senior Scott Ellis received the Leo C. Benavides Award, awarded to one high school student from each Tarrant County high school for outstanding volunteerism and servant leadership at school and in the community.
“Scott has been a member of our basketball team for four years and has literally helped in every facet of the program," said Head Coach Jason Porostovsky (pictured).
"He has found a unique way of being absolutely loved by everyone, which I believe is because he treats everyone with care and compassion," Porostovsky said. "He is truly one of my all-time favorites and is by far the best manager I've ever had."
Ellis was a vital member of the AV Club and served as treasurer. He has performed in numerous plays with the Theatre Arts Department over the past four years, recently winning the area title with the department and advancing to regionals.
“Scott is one of the kindest kids I know," said Cathy Koke, Career and Technical Education Coordinator. She has taught Ellis for the past four years.
"I have never heard him say a negative or mean thing about anyone," she said. "I have watched him flip a negative conversation to positive without others even noticing ... I don’t think he even realizes he is doing it.”
Ellis is a member of the school’s Peer Assistance Leadership (PALs) program and treasurer for the National Honor Society.
Top three in his class, Scott was a member of the calculus team that won third place out of 27 teams at the 17th Annual Weatherford College Math Championship.
He advanced to the SkillsUSA State Competition in Video and AV Quiz Bowl, and he was a member of the UIL Academic Competition Poetry/Prose Team that won first place overall, advancing to regionals. He also won first in Individual Poetry Interpretation.
He is the son of Patty McFarland Ellis and Britt Ellis.