Miller has enjoyed the past year as she has traveled across the state encouraging other students to “Be Your Best Self.”
“Once I got that title it just opened up my year to so many events,” Miller said.
Miller had entered the state competition as the DYW of Cumberland Valley.
“I never thought I would be a part of the Distinguished Young Women program,” Miller said. “Then, my 10th grade English teacher was like, ‘You have to do it, Courtney.’”
Throughout the year, Miller has traveled to local DYW scholarship programs across the state to meet the participants and help them.
When not with local programs, she spent time in schools promoting the “Be Your Best Self” program.
“It’s a program that really highlights being healthy, being active, getting involved in your community and being responsible and being studious,” Miller said.
She also participated in the Rock Creek Spring Cleanup as part of her activities.
Miller spent a lot of time preparing for the national competition, which was held a week ago in Mobile, Ala. Although she did not win as the national DYW, she did enjoy the opportunity.
“I did walk away with a lot of really amazing experiences. I got to work with kids who have autism. I got to go to Camp Grace and work with students who have arthritis,” Miller said, commenting she was honored to participate.
She described the two-week national competition as “tiring” and “rewarding.”
“I met girls from every single one of the states which was something I never thought I would ever get to do in my life,” Miller said. “Being able to just be there, and get involved in the community, to go to rehearsals, meet those girls, meet the people that I met and be a part of something so huge was so rewarding to me.”
The experience has also been rewarding in the form of scholarship money. She has received $5,500 from local and state competitions.
She said being a state winner has opened a free-ride scholarship to many Tennessee colleges.
Miller plans to attend Motlow State Community College for two years and transfer to Middle Tennessee State University.
“I would like to study business administration or sports business,” Miller said. “I’m always interested in how business works and how everything is behind the scenes.”
She has been offered a free-ride scholarship to Motlow. Miller said MTSU may also have more opportunities for scholarships since she is a state winner.