HARROD — Sydney Miller, 17, a senior at Allen East, wants to pursue a degree in engineering after she graduates.
“I hope to go to The Ohio State University in Columbus and major in engineering. I like math and I like science and it’s fun and I like to build things,” said Miller.
After college, she hopes to land a job in either chemical engineering or agricultural engineering.
“Chemical-wise, I just like to know what’s in things and then agricultural, it’s like the 4-H side of things has gotten me interested in it,” she said.
The president of both her senior class and student council, Miller is active in a variety of sports and other activities.
“I’m involved in golf, basketball and softball,” she said. “It makes me manage my time, more than what other students might have to. It makes me have to work hard. It’s a way to show that hard work will get you somewhere,” she said.
Miller is also a 4-H champion.
“I have shown sheep for nine years and I’ve taken sewing projects for eight, and then I’ve also taken other various miscellaneous projects. I’ve gone to the state fair for my sewing projects, eight times actually and then last year and the year before, so 2017 and 2018 I was the state champion,” she said.
As part of her tenure on student council, she helped with a suicide prevention project.
“We hold a penny drive every year. Last year, we thought that the cause for the money should be something that really impacted our community, so we chose to give it to suicide prevention and awareness and mental health awareness because of what happened last year. Last year, we had an incoming freshman commit suicide. Everybody was hit pretty hard with it. He was a star football player, a very good wrestler, super good on the track. [He was] the kid you wish everyone would be and the kind of person everybody wishes they could be. It was a shock,” she said.
Miller also started a mentor program at Allen East where high school students will be paired up with younger kids in grades 3 through 5.
“Last year I realized there’s a bigger need for it, so I went to our guidance counselor and our social worker and then the elementary principal and said, ‘Hey, I see the need. Let’s start this,’ and they said, ‘OK,’ and we’re getting it started now,” said Miller.
Miller says her experience at Allen East has been a positive one.
“It’s been good. It’s been fun. It’s definitely more fun if you get involved,” added Miller.
Reach Sam Shriver at 567-242-0409.