Elley Stanga, daughter of Christie and Ben Stanga, is this week’s Kerr & Co. Realty Athlete of the Week.
She is a senior at Brentwood Academy and a member of the Varsity Girls Soccer Team. This season, she said the biggest highlights were making it to the semifinals and growing with her team. In all of her 13 years playing, she said, this is the most like a family that a team has ever felt to her.
Outside of soccer, she enjoys spending time with her friends, being outside, and cooking. Last year, she was also a member of the Big Brother, Big Sister program and said it was very rewarding.
Her favorite teacher at BA was Mrs. Lawhorn, a previous Spanish teacher at the school.
“She’s really easy to go to talk to outside of class… very understanding,” Stanga said, adding that she now babysits for Lawhorn.
One of her biggest inspirations and role models is her brother, Jay. She said he’s been through difficult times and always persevered.
After graduating this spring, she is planning to go to college to pursue a career in medicine, possibly nursing. She is currently considering The University of Tennessee-Knoxville, The University of Georgia, Vanderbilt University and Furman University.