Ellen Gives High School Seniors an Unforgettable College Surprise

November 19, 2019 0 By Kody Olson

There are two high school
seniors in the audience today from South Carolina. This is their first
trip to Los Angeles. It’s about to be their first
appearance on a talk show. Come on down, Jaheem and Darius. [MUSIC PLAYING] Hi. Hi. I’m going to put
this you on you here. [INAUDIBLE] And you’re Jaheem? Yes, ma’am. OK. That means you’re Darius. Yes, ma’am. All right. Better know me. Let’s put this on you. You can have a seat. Oh. Got you. I do a lot of jobs around here. I do. I can roll with that. Sometimes I do catering. It just depends. [LAUGHTER] All right. So hi. Surprise. I don’t know if you knew you
were going to be on the show, but you are. Yeah. No. Yeah. Isn’t this great? Yes, ma’am. What a pleasant surprise. It’s your first trip
to Los Angeles, right? Yes, ma’am. First of many. And you go to school
in South Carolina. Yes, ma’am. Where? Ashridge– Ashridge High School
in a country town, where we’ve got cows, and
goats, and everything. Yeah. Yeah. Yeah, like– We have cows and goats
here too, just so you know. So– and you’re seniors? Yes, ma’am. You’re graduating high school. Yes, ma’am. And what do you want
to do when you get out? Become– become a
public educator. Really? Yes, ma’am. You both do? Yes, ma’am. Yes, ma’am. Yeah. That’s fantastic. [CHEERING] Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. So why? Why do you want to be teachers? You say. Well, so my main inspiration
to become a teacher was because for the kids
I want to be what I didn’t see when I was growing up. So for me, because my
father was in a car accident when I was four years old. So not having that male
presence growing up, like that’s really important. Because like the
older I get, the more I understand things and
like having a father– like having a father. Even if– even if it’s at
school seven hours a day that still helps. You see what I’m saying? Mhm. Yeah. And for the kids, like
that’s what I would do, that’s my goal. I want to be for them
what I didn’t have. Yeah. I just– I have to move
this, because yeah– For me I didn’t have
my father growing up, and so being a teacher
has impacted me. My teachers have impacted me. One, Victoria Merritt
in the audience. Yeah. Merr, Merr. Merr, Merr. And she has impacted
me, and so I believe that teaching is the
greatest way I can give back to what they have done for me. So teaching– That’s amazing. And I think that that’s– what
you said I think sometimes what you don’t have actually teaches
you more than something that you have. And that’s so true. Yes, ma’am. That is so true. Yeah. That is so true. You look at something,
and you’re like, well, I didn’t have this, but I
would love to have this. Yes, ma’am. Exactly. So what would it mean to go
to college for both of you? For me it would be everything. Actually, I will be the
only male in my family that has gone to
college without being a football player or a jock,
so it would mean a lot. My mom– she was– she went to tech
school, and she couldn’t finish, because she had me
and then she had my sister. So this would mean a lot for
me to show her that, hey, mama, we got it. I’m a man. That would be amazing. It’ll be good. For me it just means
beating odds, you know, because my whole life it
would have been easier to take the other route. Yeah. You know, but it
shows me that it’s not what you go through
in life, it’s how you react to
what you go through. Yep. Yep. Yep. [CHEERING] So you’ve been
accepted to a college. Yes, ma’am. College of Charleston. I’ll be the first generation,
out of my entire family, like grandma,
grandfather, mom, and dad. Four years. Four years. I’m telling you. So– It’s big. It’s big. You’re waiting to hear. Yes, ma’am. I’ve been stressing out
for the last five months, but I believe in– He’ll get in. –positive energy. So College of Charleston, if
you’re watching, accept me now. Yeah. Cougar, cougar, cougar. Accept me. Definitely. We may have told them to
slow the process down. We may have said, we would
like to let him know. So the answer is here
in this envelope. I think your mother’s going
to be happy if it works out, right? Yes, ma’am. And if not, we really picked
a bad time to have you on. [LAUGHTER] Uh-oh. You’re certainly
going to college. [SHOUTS] I’m going to college. I’m going to college. Good job, baby. Good job, baby. All right. One more thing. OK. One more thing. The College of Charleston
heard about you and Darius, and they want to cover your
college tuition for all four years. All four years. Yes, ma’am. We’ll be right back. You said that you were
inspired by your teachers and also by your mothers, right? Yes. Yes. Yes. Of course. Because she was a
single mom, you said. Yes, yes. Yeah. So who else besides– there’s a teacher
in the audience that you– is that Miss Merritt? Yeah. Victoria Merritt. Miss Merritt, herself. Yeah. Hi, Ellen. Hi. So this must feel really
good that you inspired them to become teachers. I mean, that’s a
pretty powerful thing when you know you’re
that good of a teacher that you are inspiring–
and we need good teachers. That is so important. We do. We absolutely do, Ellen. So– so that means
you’re a good teacher. Well, you know what. They make it easy, because
they are awesome young men, and they’re going to do
great things in the classroom for our future students. So it’s so exciting. I know. All right. Cheerios and I are
encouraging acts of good, and I certainly
think this qualifies. So we want to give your high
school a check for $10,000. [CHEERING] Thank you. All right. Of course. And we want to give each
of you a check for $20,000. 20. 20. Oh! Thank you. Thank you. Oh my god. We– What am I going to
do with $20,000? Like– It’ll help with some
things you’ll have– you know, some stuff. Backpacks and stuff. Pencils, paper. We want to hear about
your acts of good. So go to my website. Tell us what you’re doing. We’ll be right back. Thank you, Cheerios.