Grayce Miller - Washington Nomination by Heidi Henning Photography by Brandy Miller, Liza Franz and Elmer Kinder Issue 43 of Inspiring Teens Magazine
The Nomination: Grayce Miller inspires her basketball teammates on and off the court! She's the first to high-five, always ready with words of wisdom, and never ceases to encourage those around her. She's hard-working, kind and generous and those lucky enough to know her seem inspired by her presence.
You mentioned you wanted to be interviewed about your life. What do you want us to know about your life? I try to live my life to the fullest
What do you like to do? I like working with children, playing sports, listening to music, and hanging with my friends.
What inspiring things about you does your nomination not cover? I feel that everyone should be treated with respect, kindness, and without judgment.
Share with us how you work with children and your favorite memory of doing such. One of my favorite memories is from two years ago when I was able to volunteer in my Mom Brandy’s classroom at the elementary school afterschool program. I loved getting off the bus and watching as the kids ran happily up to me and screamed “Grayce!“ I was able to help the kids with their homework and play games and activities like tag, swinging, and we planted a garden and decorated scarecrows with them. A few of the kids played basketball on the community youth team, and they loved to challenge me to a game.
What do you like to do outdoors? I like to go for hikes, play with and go for walks with my dog Dale also going to the skatepark and hang out with my friends.
If you were to present a topic to a group of your peers, what would it be on and why? Mental Health and what would happen if we got people the help that they needed.
What is the hardest thing you have ever accomplished, and how did you do it? June 22nd, 2020 I got the call that my best friend since 1st grade had committed suicide. I don’t think that I have accomplished fully managing my emotions, missing her and coping with the grief. But how I keep going is I lean on and talk to my friends who knew her also, remembering the good times and fun memories, visiting her gravesite, and spending time talking to her and staying in contact with her parents. I try to look at the positive things in my life. She will always be in my mind and heart.
What advice would you give to someone who wants to be where you are today? Just be yourself, You do not have to change who you are to make others happy, you are not responsible for others actions and keep working hard to achieve your goals and dreams. Never give up on yourself!
Where do you see yourself in 5 years/what are your plans? I see myself as a Senior in high school at Columbia High School here in White Salmon WA. Go, Bruins! I see myself playing on the varsity volleyball and basketball teams. I see myself planning and seeing what my future after high school will hold for me.
What is your favorite activity or pastime that was not in your nomination? Playing volleyball, listening to music, and hanging with my friends.
Do you have a hidden talent? What is it? I am great at drawing and painting
Who do you find inspiring? Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers
What about you inspires others/why do you think you are inspiring? I honestly do not know what to say. But my friends’ Cloei and Hailey’s Mom Denise Farrell sent this answer “Grayce’s kindness, strength and she is a team player on and off the court. She cares deeply for her friends and family and she would do anything for them. She is compassionate. She is unstoppable when motivated to do something. She is determined for greatness! She is loved by little kids, adolescents, and adults!
Is there anything else you would like to tell us? I am very honored by being nominated for this awesome opportunity. I hope that I can make a difference to someone or in some way by being featured in this magazine.
Look for Grayce in Issue 43 of Inspiring Teens Magazine!