Eli was awarded an Oconomowoc Festival of the Arts – Fine Arts Scholarship. He is a recent graduate of Oconomowoc High School. He began playing guitar at age eight which started his musical path. In intermediate school, he began playing drums. He was awarded the Civic Music Lee Guse Memorial Jazz Scholarship from Civic Music MKE and the Jazz Unlimited Best Guitarist Scholarship. Eli was also a 4 year state qualifier in Cross Country. Eli is a member Tri-M Music Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society. He will attend the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire in the fall to study Computer Science and Music Composition.