RUBY MILLER SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS, 2013
CCGS is pleased to announce the 2013 winners of the Ruby Miller Scholarships for senior girls who wish to go into coaching.
This year’s winners are:
Tayler Sykes (Walden), North Park High School
Tayler is a three-sport athlete, having competed in volleyball, basketball, and rodeo. She was a 4-year starter in volleyball and basketball as well as 1st team all-conference and CCGS All-State Games participant in both sports. She has been class president for three years, a peer tutor, and an assistant coach for grades 4-6 basketball. Her volleyball and basketball coach states that Tayler is “…the type of student-athlete…one is lucky to have on a team…She respects her coaches, teachers, and teammates. She is determined; even if she is exhausted she finishes any drill or assignment…She has composure and pride in herself, her team, and her school.” Tayler has signed to play volleyball at Black Hawk College, Kewanee, IL, and plans to major in elementary education. She would like to coach because she will be able to “…share her passion with others who have a desire to pursue sports the way she has.”
Katie Weber, Greeley West High School
Katie Weber is a volleyball and soccer athlete at Greeley West High School. Team captain for volleyball and all-conference in both sports, she also participated in the CCGS All-State Volleyball Games. She is in NHS and Link Crew, is the web editor for her school newspaper, and a coach for Special Olympics. Katie has done a tremendous job in the classroom as witnessed by her 4.1 GPA. Her understanding that nothing of value can be achieved without effort has made her a success. The Greeley West athletic director states that Katie “…is the one that rallies her teammates when things get tough, the one who helps freshmen students find their classrooms…and is always willing to lend an ear to anyone in need.” Katie plans to play volleyball at the Univ. of Nebraska, Kearney. She is interested in sports administration and coaching because she wants to use her talents to be a positive role model.
Ashley Burghart, Burlington High School
Ashley Burghart is a three-sport athlete at Burlington High School. Four letters in volleyball (including two trips to state and a second place finish), three in basketball (named academic all-state), and four in track (where she qualified for state and was also academic all-state) have kept her very busy. There is only one “B” on her transcript! She is also active in FBLA, NHS, and Student Leadership. Her basketball coach says that Ashley has”…a natural ability to work with youth and encourage them…she shows tremendous leadership (and a)…positive and fun personality…Parents and young people love and respect her.” Ashley plans on college at the Univ. of Nebraska, Kearney, where she will major in elementary education with a coaching endorsement. She wants to be “…a positive influence on kids…” She says I “…enjoy helping others learn…and by coaching (and teaching) I can do that every day.”
Ellen Hughes, Elizabeth High School
Ellen Hughes plays soccer and runs cross country for Elizabeth High school. She has played soccer all four years and been team captain. She also captained the cross country team and was named most inspirational in grades 11 and 12 and all-conference in grade 12. She was a Wendy’s Heisman nominee this year, was active in the NHS peer tutoring program, and in student council. An interesting service project which she coordinated is the high school community garden. Ellen has worked for the Elizabeth Parks and Recreation Department in the capacities of both coach and referee. The Program Director of that department describes Ellen as a “joy to work with…consistently pleasant, tackling all assignments with dedication and a smile…Ellen is a take charge person who is able to present creative ideas and communicate the benefits.” Ellen is very interested in fitness and nutrition and will study health sciences next year at the Univ. of Wyoming.
CCGS thanks all the girls who applied and coaches who encouraged their athletes. The committee was very impressed with all the applicants and their sincere desire to enter the coaching field.
CCGS Ruby Miller Scholarship
The CCGS Ruby Miller Scholarship was established in order to recognize one or more outstanding athletes who are graduating seniors and who plan to go into coaching. The award also honors Dr. Ruby Miller, one of the most respected coaches in the history of Colorado girls’ interscholastic sports.
Ruby Stephenson Miller (1916-2002) was an Iowa native who graduated from the University of Northern Iowa in 1938. After teaching in Iowa, Nevada, Washington, and Oregon, she settled in Colorado, at Adams City High School, in 1956. During her 20-year tenure, she taught physical education and, literally, jump-started girls’ sports–first in the Skyline League and then around the state. She was instrumental in gaining CHSAA approval for team scoring in individual sports and, finally, allowing competition in team sports.
Ruby was a founding member of CCGS, in 1970, and its first Hall of Fame inductee, at the inaugural All-State Games, in 1979. Primarily because of Ruby’s insistence on equal pay for equal work, Adams County School District #14 was the first to pay coaches of girls’ sports. This pre-dated Title IX by two years. Ruby saw girls’ sports progress from GAA playdays and sportsdays to full-fledged, interscholastic programs.
Ruby’s list of awards is lengthy. In 1973, NOW recognized her for the role she played in gaining pay for coaches of girls’ sports. She was inducted into the University of Northern Iowa Hall of Fame in 1986. CHSAA inducted her into its Hall of Fame in 1990. The University of Northern Colorado has bestowed several awards—among them “Contribution to the Profession,” 1967; Alumni Association Award, 1986; and Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters, 1991.
Ruby Miller was a teacher/coach for 34 years. She is quoted as saying: “I really only had one goal—to help young women become better individuals; and I thought I could do that best through coaching.”