Sherrika is the daughter of Pamela Ellison. She attended Urbana High School where she was a member of the Student Senate, the African-American and Spanish Clubs. Sherrika was also a trained peer mediator in the Conflict Mediation Program, a member of Upward Bound, the Spanish Honors Society, the Partnership for Excellence and the Principal's Scholar's Programs. She was on the cheerleading squad, was a member of the Tigerettes Pom Pon squad, Delteens, the Tri-M Music Honors Society, and the Honors Choir. Sherrika planned to attend the University of Illinois after graduation and to major in Sociology and Pre-Medicine. She was a member of the Church of the Living God, where she sang in the Teen Choir, and was a member of the Sunday school, and I Youth Class. She was a recipient of many scholarships and awards: the Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Award, the Delta Sigma Theta Academic Achievement Award, the Upward Bound Student of the Summer Award, the Big 12 Scholars Athletic Award and Young Authors Award. Sherrika earned an Academic Letter for Academic Achievement, and was on the Honor Roll. She was employed at the County Seat. Her escort was Kelsie Jackson. Sherrika was presented by her uncle, Anthony Sibley and received by her mother, Pamela.