HEMET – Tahquitz High School student, Zachary Miller, achieved his freshman dream. He has been accepted to an Ivy League college and has become the first Tahquitz student to do so. Miller will leave for Connecticut in the fall to attend Yale University and pursue a degree in law or politics. According to information found on Yale’s website, the acceptance rate of students for 2015-2016 was 6.7 percent.
This dedicated young man agreed to attend Yale after he was informed that he was put on the waitlist at Harvard University.
In addition to the high goal of attending an Ivy League school, Miller had another goal as a freshman. He wanted to give two speeches at the graduation ceremony. Miller achieved that goal May 26 when he gave two graduation speeches, one as Associated Student Body president and one as Valedictorian.
“I constantly work on balancing and prioritizing my responsibilities, as well as putting passion into everything that I do,” Miller said. This ability and focus has been one of the main reasons he has been able to achieve his goals, he said. Throughout his high school career, he has taken 10 advanced placement and two dual enrollment classes.
In addition to academia, it has always been very important to Miller to give back to his school. He has been involved in ASB all four years; helped establish the school’s Academic Decathlon team and the Buds and Scrubs club; was a member of the National Honor Society and Kiwanis Club and has volunteered over 200 hours of community service. He was also captain of the school’s water polo team and swim team.
“Once I get to Yale, I will try and get involved in something outside of academics, like a club” Miller said.
These wonderful accomplishments do not come without the help of very important people, he said. He first thanked his mom and dad for their support and for allowing him to succeed on his own merit. He said now that he is getting closer to leaving, he is realizing the small things they do for him every day and is becoming even more thankful for them. He also thanked his former AP European history teacher, Mrs. Abril, his Academic Decathlon coach, Mrs. Brady and former ASB teacher, Mrs. McGowan for teaching him different skills he will carry for the rest of his life.