May 8, 2005
COMING MONDAY IN METRO: This is one in a series of stories about members of The Gazette’s Best and Brightest Class of 2005. At age 17, Caitlin Elliott shows a level of introspection and self-awareness well beyond her years.
“To be a complete you, you have to be incomplete sometimes,” Elliott said. Although many teens know that feeling simply as “angst,” Elliott is comfortable knowing that her full personality has yet to develop. “I am a work in progress,” she wrote in her Best and Brightest essay. “A masterpiece only a fraction of the way completed.” To complete that masterpiece, Elliott knows she’ll have to work hard. “I’ve kind of moved beyond the high school drama,” she said. “I’ve figured out how serious and motivated you have to be to get ahead.” Elliott has displayed a talent for studies — she carries a 4.5 gradepoint average — and the arts. For the past two years, the accomplished dancer has helped create and perform in a Nutcracker ballet performance for low-income city schools. “Caitlin has taken her amazing gymnastic and dancing abilities and dazzled audiences with her Russian Trepek,” wrote her dance teacher, Betsy Acree-Mc-Clenahan of Attitudes. Elliott will continue her dance studies at the University of San Francisco, and she plans to perform professionally one day. But she hopes to always hold her sense of humor. “You’ve got to bring your inner child with you wherever you go,” Elliott said. “Anytime you just look at something, you should imagine the way a child would see it.” CAITLIN ELLIOTT Wasson High School Parents: Mark and Jodene Elliott What’s next: University of San Francisco to study dance and theater If you had to lose all your material possessions except one, what would you keep and why? “I would keep my house. So that way, you always have something to return to even if you have nothing else.” Other stuff: Dance and community theater performer and volunteer; church volunteer; Relay for Life cancer walk volunteer; Community Project for Child Development volunteer; Service Learning Advisory Council; National Honor Society; El Pomar Youth in Community Service Committee; Link freshman mentoring leader; gymnastics team captain; Student Council; Senior Committee; Family Community and Career Leaders of America member.