JCJC student advances to final round in national competition

ELLISVILLE, MS (WDAM) - A Jones County Junior College freshman is one of the two finalists who will travel to the SEC Championship game in Atlanta this weekend to compete in the Dr. Pepper Tuition Giveaway.

Lindsay Miller will be one of two people competing Saturday, December 7, during halftime of the 3 p.m. SEC championship game. Miller will be required to throw as many footballs as possible in 30 seconds through a Dr. Pepper display. Whoever makes the most will win $100,000 toward college tuition.

"I thought that it was just based on the video," said Miller about the earlier parts of the competition. "Whenever I read over the official rules and found out I have to throw footballs to win $100,000, I got to practicing right then."

That video is where she shared her plans and dreams and how it will impact her community. Every contestant made a 60-second video, and Miller's caught the attention of the judges in order to advance to the next round of competition.

"My story is that whenever I was in ninth grade, my dad had a brain injury," said Miller. "He fell off of a golf cart, and he cracked his skull. It caused him to lose a lot of his personality and his capability to talk."

Miller said that is why she decided to go into the field of study that she is now pursuing.

"What I want to do is I want to be a speech pathologist," explained Miller. "The speech pathologists at the Methodist Rehabilitation Center helped him regain his ability to speak and communicate and brought back his personality. Today because of them, he's exactly the person he was before that ever happened."

After lots of practice, Miller said her best score in the football throw was 14 footballs in 30 seconds, and her average is 12. The only downside to the competition is that she and her dad, who will accompany her, are both huge Alabama fans and did not expect to see Auburn play in this championship game.

"It's going to be interesting watching them in the SEC championship," said Miller. "But you know what, we're going to have a fun time and hopefully Missouri will pull through for us Alabama fans."

To see Miller's competition video, go to this link: http://www.drpeppertuition.com/finalists/sec

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