Perryville’s Miller named Athlete of The Month
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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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.