Recent DHS grad John Ellis represents all that is possible when a community can help shape its young adults into confident, loving, creative citizens ready to step into the world with outstretched arms. “I’m not done with Decatur. I’m just moving on. I’ll be back.”
John Ellis is a musician, artist, writer, and a recent graduate of Decatur High School. He lives with his two moms and younger brother. He also has two dads who live close by and play an active role in his life. John, who has lived in Decatur for all of his 18 years, is keenly aware of the contrast between the open and affirming nature of his hometown and the religiously conservative Southern homes his parents grew up in.
“I feel like anyone growing up in Decatur can really explore oneself to the fullest extent. In terms of starting a foundation for a lifetime of growth, Decatur is a really good place to start. It is just so accepting, incredibly nurturing, and loving.”
John has much to be proud of from his years at Decatur High. He has won a national award for website illustration and a multimedia story. The journalism website he helped overhaul at school and the corresponding magazine, Carpe Diem, won a Pacemaker Award, which is considered to be the “Pulitzer Prize” of student journalism. John will be attending Guilford College in the fall and plans to major in psychology and minor in fine art.
“Right now, I’m interested in art therapy. I’m not dead-set on that, but the one thing I do know is that I want to help people. I’m very excited to embark on this next chapter. I think about what’s going to be next and what’s been, and I realize that I’m not done with Decatur. I’m not severing attachments, I’m just moving on. I’ll be back.”