El Dorado’s Derek Jobe and West Side Christian’s Hannah Miller were named El Dorado News-Times Scholar-Athletes of the Year for the 2018-2019 athletic year. They were each presented a $500 scholarship check Friday.
“The News-Times is proud to recognize these two outstanding scholar-athletes,” said Rita Haldeman, News-Times general manager. “They represent the best and the brightest of this past high school year. The News-Times congratulates them on the excellence they’ve shown both in the classroom and in their athletic endeavors.”
Miller, who started at forward on the Lady Warriors’ basketball team, was class valedictorian with a 4.03 grade point average. She was Student Council president and also president of the National Honor Society.
“I was really surprised when I found out because I know there’s a lot of excellent scholar-athletes in the county. But it was just very rewarding to know all the hard work I put in, paid off,” said Miller. “It’s not really something I expected at all. But it definitely means a lot that I was picked.”
Miller plans to attend the University of Arkansas and study communication disorders.
“Hannah is the ultimate team player. She takes on whatever role is needed on her team for it to be successful,” said West Side Christian basketball coach and athletic director Randall Miller, who is also the father of Hannah Miller. “She gladly does the little things most do not see because she knows their importance. Academically, she is gifted and extremely diligent and has the respect of her teachers.”
Jobe played football and baseball for the Wildcats, earning All-State honors as a punter. He graduated with a 4.3 grade point average and was a member of the National Honor Society, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Student Council.
“It’s definitely an honor. I knew about the award. A couple of years ago, I went to the sports banquet. I was kind of hoping I could, possibly be able to get it. It’s definitely an honor to actually get it,” Jobe said. “I’m proud that I won it. It takes a lot of hard work in the classroom and on the field to get to this point. To be recognized as the top scholar-athlete in the county is kind of a big deal.”
Jobe, who ranked ninth in El Dorado’s graduating class of 302, will play baseball at Harding University. He plans to study sports management.
“Derek has been a consistent example over his four years of what a student-athlete truly is,” said El Dorado baseball coach Cannon Lester. “Derek is also a great man of character and holds high morals. This award was created for people like Derek.”