COLUMBUS — Ontario's Campbell Miller was selected the 2019 National Guard "Military Child of the Year" recipient and was honored Friday by state officials.
Governor Mike DeWine and Senate President Larry Obhof (R-Medina) greeted Miller at the Statehouse as part of the honor.
Miller, 17, was one of seven winners of the national award, which represents all branches of the armed forces and is awarded to individuals who demonstrate academic excellence, volunteerism, leadership and extracurricular involvement, while facing the challenges of military family life.
"Campbell has been an exemplary student who has spent hundreds of hours volunteering for his communities over the years," Obhof said. "I am happy to join Governor DeWine in recognizing his achievements."
Miller received the 2019 National Guard Military Child of the Year Award as a 17-year-old senior from Ontario. He is the son of National Guard Colonel and single parent Allison Miller.
Miller was diagnosed at the age of 3 with a blood disorder that prevents him from ever serving in the military and representing the third generation of his family to serve. Even so, he was determined to give his all to serve his community, country, and those beyond the U.S.
His persistence showed as he reached his goal to become an Eagle Scout, something that less than 7 percent of all Boy Scouts have achieved. As he began work on his Eagle Scout Service Project, his mother’s military service required his family to move from Maryland to Ohio.
Wanting to leave a lasting impact on his school in Maryland, Campbell made multiple road trips, phone calls and emails to successfully complete his project, reinforcing the ideals of service, leadership, commitment and communication.
Campbell has long been recognized for his outstanding leadership, service and maturity. He was chosen to be a Troop Senior Patrol Leader, student ambassador (at both schools in Maryland and Ohio), captain and starting player on his varsity baseball and cross-country teams all while earning membership in the National Honor Society and taking dual college credit courses as a junior and senior.
Miller has been compelled to serve others locally at his church and in the community, as evidenced by his hundreds of service hours and ceaseless efforts, as well as worldwide through mission trips to Ireland, Guatemala, and Uganda, for which he raised more than 90 percent of the required funds himself.
Miller truly desires to be a light to all he comes in contact with.
He does all of this while supporting his military mom who raises three kids alone, balancing service to her community, state and country and dedication to her family. Miller has helped with his siblings during his mom’s frequent deployments, escorted his mom to military functions, and handled routine home and lawn maintenance.
He’s also cared for his sister when she fell severely ill while their mother was four states away in military training, and helped his family successfully navigate the negative effects of extreme bullying prevalent in today’s society.
Miller is working relentlessly toward his goal of becoming an architect and attending Auburn University. He spends any free time he has drawing, playing piano, fishing, camping, hiking, playing board games with his siblings, and taking on puzzles and mind teasers.
Boy Scouts of America
Wreaths Across America
Walk the Walk Foundation
Feed The Homeless
Crossroad Community Church
National Honor Society
High School Ambassador/Volunteer/Tutor
Church Youth Group Leader/Volunteer
Mission Trips to Guatemala, Ireland and Uganda
Varsity Baseball Captain
Varsity Cross Country Captain
Dual Credit – Auburn University, North Central State
“Be the best you can be – for that is all there is of you.” – Colonel Allison Miller