There seemed little doubt that Ellie Youngquist would pursue a career in the military. "We have a military family background. So I wanted to keep that going. We don't have any Marines yet. I'm going to the be one of the first for that," she told KRFO radio. The Owatonna High School senior accepted an NROTC scholarship and will attend the University of Minnesota.

Youngquist told the OHS Magnet, "This was a highly competitive scholarship, and I am greatly honored to have received it. They award a few around each sector of the country...There were not a lot of these scholarships given out, so I am very proud to have received one."

She has been very involved in extra curricular activities including swimming, clay target teams, mock trial, Knowledge Bowl, Link Crew, speech, and National Honor Society. Youngquist was featured in an AM 1390 KRFO Coaches Show segment this spring. Click her name below to hear the interview.

Owatonna senior Ellie Youngquist

Education plans include a field of study in exercise physiology with the objective of being a dietitian or fitness trainer in the military. Youngquist was the first female to letter on the clay target team. She was a captain for this season, which was canceled due to the pandemic. She also captained the girls' swimming team in the fall. Youngquist is active in her church, Girl Scouts, the Police Explorer program and as a swim teacher

Youngquist has earned Big Nine athlete honor roll and academic achievement awards.