Ella Lantz has faced her share of challenges. Adopted from Ukraine at eight-and-a-half years old, she arrived in the United States unable to speak English. In fact, she didn’t even know how to hold a pencil, and she was a solid two years behind everyone else in school. But she’s worked incredibly hard and she’s now a straight-A student at Rising Starr Middle School as well as a leader among her peers. She volunteers with Southside Church, providing leadership for children and toddlers, won the Camp Winshape “I Am Third” award, and was named MVP at Fayette County Lazer Soccer.
Ella loves to play golf, lead worship, and hang out with family and friends. She loves “anything outdoors” and playing sports. She says she “desperately wants to be a missionary” when she grows up so she can “travel the world and help people in need.” She says she also wants people to understand that God loves them and to share her own story of overcoming challenges from her past as an orphan in Ukraine. Her top priority is to “give people hope that there is something so much greater than the setbacks we face in this life.”