Eleanor is from southern Illinois. She attended Parkland College where she excelled with a 3.8 GPA, and will be transferring to the University of Illinois in the fall of 2015. She has a goal to become a speech pathologist or elementary school teacher. During her high school years, in addition to graduating magna cum laude and being inducted into the National Honor Society because of her stellar grades, she was involved in volunteer activities such as the yearbook, marching band, and Family, Career, And Community Leaders of America (FCCLA).
In college, Eleanor has continued to excel. Her GPA is around 3.85 and she was elected to the Alpha Lambda Delta honorary society at the University of Illinois. She’s focused most of her extracurricular activities on helping and working with young children. Her letters of recommendation were very strong with comments such as "I am so impressed with the work ethic and commitment to excellence and improvement that Eleanor has demonstrated over the years," and "She has a truly can-do attitude." She is bilingual (American Sign and oral English) and has an older sister who also has a hearing loss.