Eleven year old Winthrop Middle School student Sage Fortin had a chance to meet her hero after winning an essay contest.

According to WABI TV, she chose to write about Army Staff Sergeant Travis Mills.  After hearing she had won with an essay written about him, Mills decided to show up to hear her read the essay.

He said, “I appreciate that I get to inspire young people and show them to never give up never quit and she nailed it."

Great job, Sage!

You can catch Staff Sgt. Mills on Ellen next week