Elle Gianelli

Saint Mary's High School

A third-degree black belt in taekwondo, Elle Gianelli is a compassionate and driven individual behind the initiative Socks4Seniors, dedicated to bringing comfort and warmth to senior citizens across the nation one pair of socks at a time. Inspired by the loneliness experienced by seniors living in nursing and assisted living facilities, especially during the COVID pandemic, Elle decided to make a difference.

Socks4Seniors is a charitable organization that provides silly socks and personal notes to seniors in nursing and assisted living facilities nationwide. Elle believes that these simple gestures significantly improve seniors' well-being and happiness. Through her efforts, Elle has rallied volunteers, garnered support from local businesses, and organized fundraising events. To date, Socks4Seniors has distributed over 4,500 pairs of socks to over 45 states intending to reach all 50, putting smiles on the faces of our seniors one pair of silly socks at a time. Beyond physical warmth, the initiative brings emotional warmth, combatting loneliness and enhancing seniors' quality of life. Elle's devotion to serving seniors showcases her deep compassion and belief in the power of small acts of kindness. Her unwavering commitment has earned admiration and respect, reminding us of the transformative impact even the simplest gestures can have.

Scholarships Awarded in 2023: NSHSS 18 Under 18 Award

The NSHSS 18 Under 18 Award recognizes NSHSS members under 18 with the most influential leadership qualities.