MT. WASHINGTON – McNicholas High School graduate Elliott Higgins has always tried to find a good balance and be a good leader.
Well-rounded people like Higgins usually make good candidates for enrollment in the country’s service academies. That’s exactly what happened when, earlier this year, he was accepted into the U.S. Air Force.
His former head football coach Mike Orlando said it was a perfect fit.
“If he’s not academy material, I’m not sure who is,” Orlando said. “Without a doubt, in terms of leaders, Elliott was the best at motivating others. He’s the best leader I’ve had in my time here.”
The coach said Higgins was making his way through the 13-week basic training period. Higgins couldn’t have a cell phone for six weeks of it.
Orlando said he hadn’t spoken to Higgins directly, but heard he’d spoken to friends and family who said he’s doing well and is happy with his choice.
The coach also mentioned that Higgins didn’t have anything solidified yet as far as what he wanted to do while in the Air Force.
“He’s the type of kid who puts a lot of thought into what he does and feels his way around before making a decision,” the coach said. “I’m sure once he makes his choice, he’ll go at it with the best of his ability.”
Higgins was one of 12 seniors who graduated from last year’s team so there isn’t much in the way of roster turnover.
However, the Rockets are taking a significant hit in the leadership department.
“To ask another guy to come in and lead the way he did would be unfair,” Orlando said. “He’ll be missed, but schools deal with this every year. We’ve got some guys who know what we are trying to do and they will lead us this season.”