Ryan Miller goes about his business in an understated way at Huntington High School where the teenager is in his senior year. But while he doesn’t angle for the spotlight or any fanfare, he gets an awful lot done.
Mr. Miller likes to keep busy. He spent last summer as a camp counselor in the LuHi summer program in Brookville while also putting the final touches on his Eagle Scout project.
The teenager kicked off his career in Huntington UFSD as a kindergartener at Jefferson Primary School. He has quietly compiled an excellent academic record and pursued his interests and goals with determination and hard work.
“I’ve been in the Boy Scouts since 2012 and have been working on my Eagle Scout project since February 2019,” Mr. Miller said. “I wanted to build trash receptacles in the high school courtyard because I noticed that there was a surplus of litter so I wanted to fix that. Following the idea of being ‘conservation minded’ I designed a trash receptacle that would look good so it would catch people’s eyes so they would throw out their trash.”
Mr. Miller’s current academic schedule includes classes in Advanced Placement Physics, AP Government and Politics, Calculus, Virtual Enterprise and Forensics.
“I am interested in majoring in civil engineering and I want to go to Wentworth Institute of Technology to study,” Mr. Miller said. Founded in 1904 and located in Boston, Wentworth is a private technical design and engineering university. It offers 18 bachelor degree programs and a variety of graduate degrees.
“My closest friends are the ones I made in Scouts, which include Chris Mavrogian and Bryan Wong and more that go to other high schools,” Mr. Miller said.
The senior’s favorite faculty member is social studies teacher Kenneth Donovan “because he has a different way of teaching that I enjoy and is easy to talk to,” Mr. Miller said.
As the teenager heads into his final months as a high school student he is content with how the years have unfolded since kindergarten. “I’ve enjoyed my experience at Huntington so far and will continue to enjoy it until the end of the year,” Mr. Miller said.