Noblesville, Indiana, native Ella Whistler was one of two people shot at her middle school this past May.

According to Fox News, Whistler and teacher Jason Seamen, who reportedly stopped the shooter, were both injured when a 13-year-old boy brought a gun into Noblesville West Middle School and opened fire.

Whistler suffered several severe injuries after being shot multiple times. She was shot in the “face, neck, chest and suffered collapsed lungs and several broken bones.”

According to the Indianapolis Star, one of the bullets entered the teen’s right arm, causing “severe damage” to an artery. Doctors told Whistler’s parents that her arm “may never fully recover.”

But that’s not stopping the eighth-grader.

The shooting happened just six months ago, and now, the teenager is showing the world just how far she’s come.

On November 25, Whistler, a member of the cheer and dance team at her own school, was invited to the Indianapolis Colts’ game against the Miami Dolphins as the honorary coin toss captain and an honorary Colts cheerleader.

And as a treat to all of her supporters wishing her a speedy recovery, Whistler even performed with the group.

In spite of everything she’s overcome, the young athlete didn’t miss a step.

Watch the full performance below:

The talented teenager also sang the national anthem with the Noblesville West Middle School choir before the start of the game.

And the group of 26 women she spent the game cheering with called Whistler their “hero”:

She truly is “Ella Strong.”

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