Zach Miller has had an on-again, off-again athletic career at Northwest High School, but has consistently been a good student.
Miller has a 3.13 grade point average, scored a 23 on the ACT test and is ranked 14th out of 29 members in his senior class.
He plans to attend the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, where he will major in finance. He does not plan to play any varsity sports, but may play some intramural sports.
Miller has taken weighted courses including Advanced Biology, Algebra III, College Prep English and dual-credit courses Government and Psychology.
He is a member of the FBLA, for which he has qualified for state this year, and the Math Team.
“Academics are more important,” he said. “They take you farther in life.”
Miller played football his freshman and senior years at Northwest. He missed his sophomore season with a broken hand and worked his junior year. He made second-team All District and second-team All Central Rivers Conference as a senior wide receiver and tight end.
He played basketball from 10th grade through his senior year. He played baseball as a freshman and returned to the diamond this spring where he hopes to play in the outfield and do some pitching for the Mustangs.
Before high school, Miller played Little League Baseball, Paul Klover Soccer and Park and Recreation basketball.
“My favorite sport is football,” he said. “I like the adrenaline rush and it’s fun.”
His high school athletic highlight came this past fall on the gridiron when he caught a touchdown pass against Sacred Heart.
“I just barely caught it,” said Miller.”It was our only score. We lost 24-6.”
His hobbies include playing video games, spending time with friends, hunting and riding four-wheelers. He also works for D & D Lawn Care.
Miller has a younger sister, Courtney Morris, 14 and a freshman at Northwest, and an older brother, Ryan Miller, 21, Sedalia.
He is the son of Stacy Miller, Hughesville.