MEET YOUR NEIGHBOR: Evelyn Ross, 18
Evelyn Ross has been a cheerleader since first grade. This year, she served as captain of the cheerleaders at Santaluces High School, where she has been a varsity cheerleader for four years.
Subscribers get total access to this story, and all our in-depth news, digital editions and exclusive content. Subscribe today, or try a 24-hour or 7-day digital pass.
All Day Access — 24-hour digital pass99¢ for 24 hours
All Week Access – 7-day digital pass$3.99 for 7 days
All Access, All the Time – Print & DigitalView Offers
Post Print Subscriber — I need to register my account for digital access.Access Digital
Registered Post Subscriber — Sign me in.Sign In
Who would you like to have dinner with?
Michelle Obama. She’s such an inspiration to women around the country, so I’d be honored to enjoy dinner with her.
If you could have any job, what would it be?
It’d like to do what Donald Trump does. This man is extremely wealthy, and does so by simply having an outspoken manner. He lives a very extravagant lifestyle by being an entrepreneur, business magnate, television personality and author, plus he makes tons of money.
Who is your hero or someone who has inspired you?
My mother. Although she’s extremely hard on me, if it weren’t for her, I would not have been able to achieve all of the accomplishments that I did this year. She pushes me past my limit so that I can grow up to be just as successful as she is.
What event changed your life the most?
Hurricane Katrina. During that time, a vast majority of my family members resided in New Orleans, so when the storm struck it left nothing behind but devastation. Following the storm, my 36 relatives were all forced to move down here to Florida, and were basically all under the care of my mother. After hearing word about our situation, a number of people in the community pitched in to help, but the overall situation was pretty stressful. After a while everyone got pretty adjusted and life ran more smoothly, and I was grateful that this tragic situation was able to bring my family together. Now that they’ve returned to Louisiana, family members are still in need of assistance from my mom when it comes to paying water bills, additional storm damage that needs repair, and other housing bills.
What was your most humbling moment?
When I was not accepted in the National Honor Society. It showed me that even with all of my accomplishments; I’m not 100 percent perfect. I must learn to accept rejection, and just work harder to achieve the next time.