Six Miller junior and senior high students have been selected to be “spotlighted” for the month of December. Each month, one student in each grade, seven through 12, is selected by their teachers. Basis for selection is not necessarily grades or activities, but also on the student’s contributions and personality.
Seventh grader Kaili Wilson is the daughter of Rory and Renae Wilson, Wessington. Her favorite pastime is swimming, and her activities include swimming and playing basketball and volleyball. If stranded on a desert island, Kaili would bring a friend that is fun, but she wasn’t ready to choose. She looks up to a lot of people, and considers her greatest achievement, at this point, has been passing all grades in elementary school.
Dylan Fulton, grade eight, is the son of Paul and Kayleen Fulton, St. Lawrence. He lists reading as his favorite pastime. He is active in rodeo, track, basketball and football, and is on the Miller Area Health Board. He would choose Annie Fulton to keep him company on a desert island, and he considers his grandma a role-model. To date, his greatest achievement has been reaching 200 reading points.
Megan Fiala, grade nine, is the daughter of Joe and Andrea Fiala, Miller. She most enjoys reading, dancing, drawing and listening to music. She’s involved in many activities, including volleyball, basketball, track, swim team and dance. She is a member of the local FFA and FCCLA chapters. She is currently president of the Hand-E-Hands 4-H club. On the music level, she is involved with “Sounds Like Love,” and is in band, chorus, jazz band and show choir.
She’d take her Uncle Jason along to the deserted island, because he’s “reliable, smart and strong.” She adds, “He knows how to survive in the wilderness because he has extensive military training. He would ensure my survival.”
Megan looks up to Tara Parmely, because she’s nice, funny and an amazing athlete. Megan considers her greatest achievement running and jumping at the high school region track meet as an eighth grader.
Mason Breitling, grade 10, is the son of Mary and Bryan Breitling, Miller. He lists sports as his favorite pastime, and activities follow that line—basketball, swim team, cross country and track. On a desert island, he’d like his brother Camden, because, “he’s smart.”
Mason lists Jesus as his role model, and his greatest achievement was placing 16th at the State A cross county meet.
Junior Jenna Heilman is the daughter of Monte and Liberty Heilman of Miller. She enjoys shopping and volleyball. Activities she is involved in include volleyball, track, vocal jazz, chorus, band and CYD.
She considers her dad as her role model, and her choice to be with her on a deserted island.
Senior Danica Fanning, daughter of Christopher and Leah Fanning, Miller, enjoys singing, playing piano and trumpet, being with friends and family, and helping others. She is involved in many activities including 4-H, 4-H Performing Arts, oral interp, vocal jazz, jazz band, band, chorus, Flag Corps, show choir, All-State Chorus, Nazarene Church worship leader, youth group, Sounds Like Love, and SADD.
She would prefer to be stranded on a desert island with her sister, Macee, because they are best friends and Danica says she knows Macee could build something to get them off the island. She looks up to her mom and dad, because, “They have taught me everything I need to know for the future.” And, certainly, her greatest achievement is being accepted into the National Honors Choir at Carnegie Hall.
Students in the Spotlight