Basketball Star and Charity Champion

Elisha White: June Senior of the Month

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ANNIKA VILLANUEVA '23

Elisha White takes a shot at the foul line as his opponents close in to defend.

A talented and kindhearted athlete, Elisha White ‘22 has been the pride and joy of Edison High School and was chosen as the Senior of the Month for June.

White plays for the Edison High School boys varsity basketball team, usually as its power forward. This year, the basketball team tied the school record for wins in a season, and won its first playoff game in over forty years. Playing as a member of this team since his junior year, he has also been nominated as the school’s Athlete of the Month. Regionally, White was selected to play on the All-GMC (Greater Middlesex Conference) second team, as well as the White Division’s first team. On a personal level, this year’s basketball season has been one of the most memorable times in high school for White.

“The support for the team was unreal so many people came to the games and many teachers and students alike would congratulate me on wins or highlights that I made during those games,” said White.  

White’s experiences at Edison High School have also shaped his personality. He recalls that he has become more charitable over the years, encouraging him to volunteer at his church and for other organizations. Currently, he is a member of the Lena Harris Foundation, an organization which seeks to increase educational opportunities for students with greater financial needs.

Reflecting upon his time in high school, White is thankful for the great teachers he has had along the way. He is especially thankful for Math Teacher Mr. James Amodio.

“He’s always kept it real with me and never sugarcoated anything, which helped me keep that same approach towards other things in my life,” said White. Passing on the wisdom, White also leaves advice for his fellow students.

“You probably hear this a lot, but just be yourself,” said White. “While trying to fit in with other people, you’ll find that you lose yourself and turn into a person that you probably don’t want to be.”

One quote White relates to is “I don’t give [any] person that much power over my path that I’m walking. Not one person can make or break what I’m doing, except me or God,” inspiration by American rapper Nipsey Hussle. He has carried this confidence and strong self-image throughout his life so far, and he hopes to continue defining his path beyond high school. After graduation, he plans to continue his basketball career and earn an Associate’s Degree at Raritan Valley Community College, after which he plans to transfer out and continue both his playing career and his studies.

Devoted to his athletics, academics, and community, Elisha White serves as a role model for Edison High School, meriting his title of Senior of the Month.