Ruby Miller Scholarship Winners, 2018
Bethany Heitland is a student at Coronado High School in Colorado Springs. She is a tennis and volleyball athlete planning to play Div. III collegiate volleyball next year at Occidental College in Los Angeles, CA. Her Coronado team was a state qualifier in all three of her high school years and Bethany was a senior captain; she was team MVP in tennis in both her junior and sophomore seasons and also a state qualifier and all-league as a junior. Bethany has been a coach in Summit Volleyball Club’s developmental program and enjoyed sharing her passion for the game with young girls. She hopes to give back as her coaches have given to her. She said, “I hope to continue my coaching endeavors and impact young athletes not only as players, but as people too.” Bethany received nothing but the highest compliments from her high school volleyball coach and her honors biology teacher who is also her LINK Crew advisor. Bethany’s leadership qualities, her compassion, and her commitment to both academics and athletics have led her to a 4.7, straight-A- student high school transcript and on her way to a successful future.
Allison Keisel is a student at Fleming High School and lives in Sterling. She is a basketball and volleyball athlete who plans to continue her volleyball career at Chadron State in Nebraska. She has enjoyed many team and individual successes: two state championships in volleyball, all-conference three times, all-state once; and state team second place in basketball, all-conference twice. Her coach, Randy Kirkwood, states: “…she is one of the hardest working student-athletes I have ever coached…Allison is a very strong leader with an incredible work ethic.” Allison has volunteered her time coaching youngsters in the junior high and club programs in both her sports. She has made numerous friends and …”learned in a very pure form how hard work pays off…I know that coaching is a great way for me to stay involved with…sports…while also helping a younger generation to have as great of an experience as I have had.” Allison’s GPA is a straight-A 4.3. She loves science, will major in biology, and plans to work as a physical therapist and be a high school volleyball coach.
Victoria Quintana is a student at Northglenn High School and lives in Westminster. She is a three-sport athlete who competes in softball, swimming, and golf. Victoria was CCGS All-State and team captain two years in softball. She lettered in all three sports every year and qualified for state in both swimming and golf. In addition, she is a LINK Leader and lettered academically and in STEM. Victoria is an excellent student having taken AP classes and accrued a 4.2 GPA. She will be going to Bethany College in Kansas. She has volunteered with softball summer camp, coaching younger players with little experience. She has learned many life lessons through athletics and desires to pass them on. Swimming has taught her to be self-motivating. “Making my own goals has allowed me to motivate myself to give 100% effort and to never give up.” Her golf coach states: “…Victoria possesses the traits that mark excellence in any endeavor. She’s a diligent worker who strives for the best she can be. She’s a positive role model who sets an example for others and takes charge when necessary.”
Randi Rapke is a student at Paonia High School. A 3-sport athlete, Randi competes in volleyball, basketball, and track. Her team was state basketball champion in her junior year and she captained both the volleyball and basketball squads. Most successful have been her track teams—state champs all three years, thus far! She runs the 400 and the 800 meter dashes, specializing in relays. Randi has also been active in the Paonia music and musical theater program. Randi will study nursing at Colorado Mesa Univ. in Grand Junction. She hopes to combine that with a high school coaching job, preferably basketball. “…I desire to help young women prepare for the rest of their lives by teaching them the significance of respect, attitude, and integrity…that effort is vital in every activity they take part in.” With a 4.2 GPA, Randi is an outstanding student and she is also a leader. Her track coach says she is one of the few that can make others who surround her great. He says, “…I know how deeply she cares about her education. She truly wants to be the absolute best.”
CCGS Ruby Miller Scholarship
The CCGS Ruby Miller Scholarship was established in order to recognize one or more outstanding athletes who are graduating seniors and who plan to go into coaching. The award also honors Dr. Ruby Miller, one of the most respected coaches in the history of Colorado girls’ interscholastic sports.
Ruby Stephenson Miller (1916-2002) was an Iowa native who graduated from the University of Northern Iowa in 1938. After teaching in Iowa, Nevada, Washington, and Oregon, she settled in Colorado, at Adams City High School, in 1956. During her 20-year tenure, she taught physical education and, literally, jump-started girls’ sports--first in the Skyline League and then around the state. She was instrumental in gaining CHSAA approval for team scoring in individual sports and, finally, allowing competition in team sports.
Ruby was a founding member of CCGS, in 1970, and its first Hall of Fame inductee, at the inaugural All-State Games, in 1979. Primarily because of Ruby’s insistence on equal pay for equal work, Adams County School District #14 was the first to pay coaches of girls’ sports. This pre-dated Title IX by two years. Ruby saw girls’ sports progress from GAA playdays and sportsdays to full-fledged, interscholastic programs.
Ruby’s list of awards is lengthy. In 1973, NOW recognized her for the role she played in gaining pay for coaches of girls’ sports. She was inducted into the University of Northern Iowa Hall of Fame in 1986. CHSAA inducted her into its Hall of Fame in 1990. The University of Northern Colorado has bestowed several awards—among them “Contribution to the Profession,” 1967; Alumni Association Award, 1986; and Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters, 1991.
Ruby Miller was a teacher/coach for 34 years. She is quoted as saying: “I really only had one goal—to help young women become better individuals; and I thought I could do that best through coaching.”
Colorado Coaches of Girls Sports