Per­ryville’s Miller named Ath­lete of The Month

Cecil Whig - - SPORTS - By SEAN GRO­GAN

sgro­gan@ce­cil­whig.com

All of Jil­lian Miller’s hard work was rec­og­nized with a unique honor last week.

The Per­ryville se­nior was named County Sports Zone’s US Army Im­pact Player of the Month.

Miller, a three-year cap­tain of the Pan­thers girls’ bas­ket­ball team, re­ceived the award at her school in front of her team­mates, par­ents and other fam­ily mem­bers and as­sis­tant coach Gina Pucci.

“It was kind of nerve wrack­ing be­cause I didn’t know what to ex­pect,” Miller said. “It was re­ally cool.”

Only 12 high school ath­letes re­ceive the award each year, and she is the first from Ce­cil County to do so. The cer­e­mony was led by Wick Eisen­berg of County Sports Zone and Miller was pre­sented the award by Sgt. 1st Class Michael Jones of the US Army.

“It’s re­ally spe­cial to me be­cause I wasn’t ex­pect­ing it at all. I didn’t find out I was get­ting it un­til the bas­ket­ball ban­quet and it means a lot to me that I got it be­cause bas­ket­ball is my sport,” Miller said. “I have dreams and I’ll do any­thing to get there, I like see­ing that peo­ple rec­og­nize that.”

Miller’s dreams are likely far more spe­cific than most of her class­mates. She vol­un­teers as an ex­plorer with the Mary­land State Po­lice.

“Right now, I’m in the process of be­com­ing a state trooper. I’ll be a cadet first, which means I’ll ride with a state trooper,” she said. “Right now, I do ride-alongs with Of­fi­cer [Ron] Pre­matta. He’s a re­ally big role model for me.”

Miller’s goal to join the state po­lice is more than a dis­tant dream. She has al­ready passed her phys­i­cal and writ­ten ex­ams in Pikesville.

Her in­volve­ment with the state po­lice cer­tainly caught the judges’ at­ten­tion, but it is far from Miller’s only ex­tra-cur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­ity. She grad­u­ated from Vo-Tech for nurs­ing and has her CNA and GNA and works at Calvert Manor Nurs­ing Home.

Pucci said a few words about Miller dur­ing the cer­e­mony.

“A few things that we look for as coaches in any of our ath­letes: Dream­ers vs. Do­ers. Jill has def­i­nitely the doer’s men­tal­ity,” Pucci said in County Sports Zone’s video. “We talk a lot about at prac­tice hav­ing the courage to take charges on the court, hav­ing the courage to drive to the bas­ket. And, es­pe­cially this year, she was awarded Most Im­proved as far as build­ing on those skills.”

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SPE­CIAL TO THE WHIG

Per­ryville se­nior Jil­lian Miller was awarded County Sports Zone’s US Army Ath­lete of The Month. Pictured left to right: Coach Gina Pucci, Miller, Wick Eisen­berg of County Sports Zone and Sgt. 1st Class Michael Jones of the US Army.

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