…at 10 years old, Makeba Elliott, an honor student at Blackhawk Elementary in Park Forest, has won two consecutive boys’ state wrestling championships. Last month, the Park Forest fifth grader — whose quickest takedown was in 18 seconds — ended a 54-5 season by taking top honors in the boys’ 2005 Midget State Championship. She also won the boys’ midget championship in 2004.
But my favorite part is:
Makeba has also been a trailblazer for female athletes at her school. When Blackhawk Elementary was forming a basketball team last year, school officials told Makeba she couldn’t join because basketball was for boys and cheerleading was for girls, her father said. Makeba responded by writing a letter to the principal that persuaded him to allow girls on the team, and Makeba now plays point guard.