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Beth Miller, of Watertown, Wis., was named one of five finalists for Tennessee Tech University’s most prestigious student award, the Derryberry Award.

Miller, daughter of Doug and Kathy Miller, is a senior food, nutrition and dietetics major. She will graduate this spring.

The Derryberry Award, named for TTU’s longest-serving president, Everett Derryberry, goes annually to a graduating senior who has exhibited characteristics that demonstrate potential for future service and effective leadership in American society.

Miller is captain of the cross country and track team. She has also played for TTU’s varsity softball team and has been on the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll every year since fall, 2009. She has won the Scholar-Athlete of the Game award, the Ohio Valley Conference’s Academic Medal of Honor award and, twice, the TTU President’s Award for Outstanding Student-Athlete.

A member of the university Honors Program, she also belongs to Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Society, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and Kappa Omicron Nu National Honor Society.

She has worked as a sports nutrition intern at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and at the USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion in Washington, D.C. On campus in Cookeville, she won an undergraduate research grant to study the effects of nutrition education on dietary perceptions and habits of college distance runners.

Miller has worked as a softball umpire for Watertown Park and Recreation Department and as part of the kitchen staff at Camp Matz.

She is a graduate of Watertown High School.