Allison Miller has been awarded Riverview Community High School’s ARRGH Award.
The honor goes to the graduating senior who “exemplifies the very best of our school motto,” Principal Joseph Hatzl said.
ARRGH, the school motto, stands for academics, responsibility, respect, growth and honor. The school mascot is a Pirate, so the motto fits.
School staff nominates students for the award and also chooses the winner.
Allison, daughter of Brian and Sandra Miller of Riverview, said she isn’t sure why she was the one awarded, but added, “I think I tried my best to excel in academics and get involved in my school, and I’m respectful and nice to my teachers.”
She also has been awarded a Maroon and Gold Merit Recognition Scholarship from Central Michigan University, where she plans to study fashion merchandising in the fall.
“I’ve always had an interest in fashion, and I’m not very good in art, so the business and merchandising end of it seemed like a better fit to me,” Allison said. “I’d like to work in sustainable fashion. I am passionate about the environment and I always try to shop sustainably.”
She said her parents are her role models.
“They’re always super supportive and give their all to whatever they do,” she said.
Allison grew up in Riverview, and said she has always enjoyed her time in the city’s schools and would like to thank all her teachers from kindergarten to graduation.
She was very active in high school, where she served as a class representative and captain of the track team during her senior year. Allison also was president of Kuts for Kids (a group promoting hair donation) and vice president of Spanish Club; and was a member of National Honor Society, Connection Club (where upperclassmen mentor freshmen) and Project Awareness (a mental health focus group).
She advises incoming freshmen to get involved in school groups, too.
“It will be so much fun and you’ll meet so many people,” Allison said.