Staying committed keeps high school senior DJ Miller pushing forward in sports and school. He is our latest Subway Scholar Athlete of the Week. Our Ross Field takes you to Chico High School to show us how this Panther found his path.
At Chico High School, you'd be hard pressed to find a student athlete with more heart than DJ Miller.
"He's very intelligent and very hardworking," said Jason Alvistur, Chico's head football coach. "It's nice when you have an athlete that's as good and as skilled as then to combine that with his academics, that's the ultimate student athlete you know."
You'll find DJ on the football field. He's more than a running and a linebacker - he's a motivator.
"Last year he was one of the few juniors to get playing time so I think he really wanted to step into that role and be that leadership guy," said Alvistur.
"On the field I try and guide the players and be a mentor for them. Our team is really young and I see the potential, it just takes a little bit of knowledge to bring that out of them," said Miller.
In the classroom, he's a straight-A student with a short list of school activities that keeps him busy. DJ is a member of Link Crew and Athlete Committed.
"Athlete Committed is a pledge you makes saying that you're going to stay away from drugs and keep yourself in good situations, that's what the spirit of Athlete Committed is about," said Miller.
DJ's commitment to being a good person translates to another area - community service. He says he likes to volunteer at the Boys and Girls Club.
"I go there twice a week for a couple hours and we have a lot of fun. I just talk to the kids and help them with homework or anything they need to talk about, it's definitely one of the better parts of my week," added Miller.
Miller says he plans to play football in college, preferably for a PAC-12 school and Cal is his top choice.
Eventually he wants to have a career in law to help make the world a better place.
"I'd like to be a district attorney or something like that so I can put bad guys in jail, that sounds fun to me," said Miller.
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