Big things are happening at Miller High School.
The school’s football team is off to its best start in more than 15 years. The campus is buzzing before the Bucs’ critical game Thursday night against Veterans Memorial.
“It’s been a long time coming and to see their excitement and all the great things that are happening for our community,” Miller coach Justen Evans said. “That’s really import and and special to us.”
The Bucs’ success covers more than just their football winning.
Students are coming to class with enthusiasm and the community is getting behind them as well.
Jessica Cuellar has been teaching English at Miller for 12 years. She can tell the change in how students are excited.
“I can see the change. The kids are excited,” she said. “They are more energetic. They are coming to class. They are happy and they are ready to learn. I think they feel that sense of pride … that Buc tradition. That’s what’s it is all about.”
The is principal Bruce Wilson’s first year at Miller. The excitement in the football team is palpable, he said.
“The way our campus is now, as far as the success from the football side of things, is really transferred over to the all things,” Wilson said. “In addition to seeing more students engagement across the board, student and community involvement not only at our athletic events but also at our academic events.”
While most of the success is directed to Evans, he is grateful for the support of CCISD athletic director Brenda Marshall and CCISD superintendent Roland Hernandez.
“It’s important to him,” Evans said. “He understands the value of athletics and how they correlate with academics, and how important it is for our student athletes to be successful in both.”