Kent State Trumbull runner makes strides to help her community

Kent State Trumbull runner makes strides to help her community

Whether she's running over rugged terrain or running her own business, 2020 Howland High School graduate, Elenie McNally, looks to make a difference.

McNally is committed to Kent State Trumbull this fall and plans to major in Criminology and Justice Studies and run for its cross country team. Meanwhile, she has taken advantage of her time at home to turn a hobby into a business and a way to raise money for Howland Schools' Paw Pantry.

As the stay-at-home orders began in March, McNally, with help from her mom, MaryLyn McNally, created Handmade by Elenie, an online store to sell her homemade bracelets, anklets, and key chains. Most of her designs feature inspirational messages of hope. To practice what she preaches, she donates a dollar from each purchase to the Paw Pantry.

"Elenie is one of those special people who gives it her all whether she is competing or not. She is a great teammate and an even better human being," said Coach Bill Hess, Kent State Trumbull Cross Country. "We are thrilled that she is coming to campus this fall."

In 2019 she helped Howland become the first Mahoning Valley Division I girls team to make it to the state championships since Austintown Fitch did so in 1996. She earned All-Trumbull County and All-Suburban League, First-Team All-American Conference. She also received the Archie Griffin Award, which is presented each year to a male and female student who have been outstanding in their efforts to promote sportsmanship in their school and community.

"I'm always trying to stay busy, so the business is helping me cope with the pandemic," McNally said. "The bracelets are a great way for me to share positive messages, and we all need that right now."

To order a bracelet, visit @handmade_by_elenie on Instagram or Handmade by Elenie on Facebook. To donate to the Paw Pantry, visit


POSTED: Friday, June 26, 2020 - 3:23pm
UPDATED: Friday, June 26, 2020 - 3:23pm