Frederick’s Quinton Ellis – Oklahoma Army National Guard Spotlight
Quinton Ellis is a senior at Frederick High School where he plays football, runs track, and is in powerlifting. He said his favorite thing about football is having a brotherhood with the team and a whole community that supports them through the highs and lows of a season. Ellis recently joined the National Guard where he will serve as an 11B Infantryman.
“I joined the National Guard because I think it will benefit me in almost all aspects of my life. I also did it to make my friends, family, and community proud,” said Ellis. “I just got back from basic training in August and I will finish AIT (advanced infantry training) next summer.”
Ellis said being a football player helped him during basic training.
“Football has always been a part of my life and by far has been the sport that taught me the most. Football taught me to keep pushing through pain and adversity and never quit. It implanted a mentality in my head to keep going and if you get knocked down get up and keep going,” said Ellis.
One benefit Ellis is receiving as a member of the National Guard is free college tuition which he plans to use once he has graduated from high school.
“I plan on going to Oklahoma State University and joining the ROTC program and then hopefully get deployed after I graduate college,” said Ellis.
After graduating from Oklahoma State University and the ROTC program, Ellis will commission as an officer. The education benefits that the National Guard provides will give Ellis a jumpstart into his military career. While attending college, Ellis will still serve his state and nation as a member of a unit in Oklahoma.
“My unit right now is currently located on Fort Sill in Lawton, Ok. But when I go to college it will be located in Ponca City,” said Ellis.
The future Frederick High School graduate and U.S. Army soldier is everything you want in a teammate, student-athlete and member of the Oklahoma National Guard. Congratulations to Quinton Ellis on his commitment to our country.