Etris hopes to continue family’s business tradition

Ashley Etris is a pole vault athlete at Berlin Brothersvalley High School, so she knows how training, hard work and determination help her reach one goal height and go after the next.

Those traits should also help her accomplish her career goals of working in business management and some day becoming a CEO.

Etris, a 17-year-old senior, is also president of the National Honor Society at Berlin, a member of the homecoming court, president of the prom committee, and active in SADD and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. She said she enjoys the pole vault because “it’s about teamwork. Our individual scores are added together to make the team score.”

Teamwork is also part of her life outside of school. She helps with the media and sound system during services at the Berlin Brethren church.

She also helps serve the hospitality dinners at the church on the last Monday of every month. Church members contribute food items, then cook and serve a free meal to the public, opening their doors to anyone who wants to come in and eat that day. Etris said the church will also provide a free traditional Thanksgiving meal at noon on Nov. 28, Thanksgiving Day.

Etris and her grandmother recently filled 20 shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child, a Christian service program that prepares and sends shoe boxes filled with toys and gifts to children all over the world for Christmas. Those boxes and others will be dedicated at her church today.

She has also collected money for a number of charitable organizations, including Operation Christmas Child, St. Jude’s Hospital, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Hurricane Sandy victims and the American Heart Association. Her part-time job at the Berlin Subway allows her to place a collection can on the counter for donations.

Right now she is collecting for the Somerset County Humane Society, where she helps out along with her family. The Etris family is also fostering a dog named Jake from the Humane Society.

“My sisters, Laura and Jenna, and my brother, Issac, and I all fell in love with Jake while volunteering there. We are planning to adopt him,” she said.

Etris has been accepted at a number of universities to study business management and minor in business marketing. She hopes to someday manage a restaurant or a chain of restaurants, and one day become the CEO of a large corporation or resort.

Business savvy seems to run in her family. Her parents, Scott and Michelle Etris, operate Subway restaurants in Berlin, Meyersdale and Grantsville, Md., and the Riverside grocery in Berlin. Her paternal great-grandparents, Blair and Grace Krause, owned and operated the Berlin True Value Hardware (in the building now occupied by Berlin Lumber), and her paternal grandparents Jim and Suzanne Etris were part owners and helped operate the business.

Her maternal great-grandparents, Robert and Blanche Sanner, were involved in the lumber and surface coal mining industries. The coal mining operation was passed on to the Sanner’s five children and their spouses, including Dave and Roberta Wyant, Etris’ maternal grandparents.

“I have a lot of family in this area, and their work ethic and determination shows me that hard work pays off. I want to follow in my family’s footsteps,” Etris said.


Ashley Vaulter Magazine
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