On Friday evening, Tri County Public Schools took the time to recognize its student athletes for all their achievements throughout the year with the 2017 athletic banquet, which featured a very special guest: 1996 Olympic Gold Medalist Inger Miller.
After a great meal, Miller addressed the crowd, describing her experience at the Olympics and inspiring those in attendance to never give up. Here is a video clip from her speech:
Miller explained that for young people to be successful in life they have to build a positive character as well as enjoy what they do in life. Miller, who after her professional track career started her own business in California, and now serves as a flight attendant. She encourages others to do what they love.
“It all comes down to character and discipline,” said Miller. “Also, the reason why I lasted 13 years in track and field is that I enjoyed what I was doing. I think about that a lot when people are on their way to college, or what they’re going to do next in their life. Ultimately, you’re going to be successful when you’re able to give 100 percent to something you like. It’s okay to go on to something else; it’s okay to change your mind; it’s okay to have other options. That’s part of life. I think success in life is about following what makes you happy, which then, in turn, leads you to treat other people better. What’s being fostered here at Tri County is awesome.”
Miller stated that she is honored to have the opportunity to speak at Tri County and appreciates all of the effort they put into continuing to better themselves.
Coaches from all of the different sports spoke at the banquet, taking time to recognize athletes for their achievements and encouraging them to continue to work hard before, during and after the season. Senior Haydyn Weise was chosen as Tri County’s Female Athlete of the Year, and Senior Colby Ensz was selected as the Male Athlete of the year.
Here are some photos of the students receiving awards and being recognized:
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Here are some pictures from the banquet: