Milliken experiences high and lows

Published 12:00 am Monday, February 21, 2000

Huntington High senior Tom Terry Milliken has experienced the highs and lows of sports, going from a losing record in football to being a part of the mixed doubles tennis team that won an MPSA&160;Class A and Class A South State championship.

&uot;I’ve loved it all,&uot; Milliken said of his athletic career to date. &uot;It’s all been good.&uot;

Milliken, the son of Tom and Jeanie Milliken, is Huntington’s nominee for a National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame Miss-Lou Chapter scholarship. The banquet will be held Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Natchez Eola Radisson.

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Milliken played quarterback and defensive back for the Huntington High football team.

In the middle of the past football season, he had his appendix taken out, only to miss one game. He came back to lead the Hounds over Trinity.

&uot;I just knew it hurt,&uot; Milliken said. &uot;My coach really needed me because we didn’t really have anybody with experience at quarterback. We tried to keep it to just running plays.&uot;

Milliken was selected first team All-District at quarterback, most valuable in track, Athlete of the Year at Huntington in 1998 and has received the Sportsmanship Award the last three years.

Milliken was voted Most Improved in basketball in 1998.

He is an A-Honor Roll student, garnering a 3.8 grade point average whie scoring a 23 on his ACT. He received the Woodman of the World Award and History Award.

&uot;Back in elementary I was having trouble studying,&uot; Milliken said. &uot;My Mom and Dad helped me through it, and I learned to study on my own.&uot;

Milliken has been a student council representative for four years, member of the Beta Club and Fellowship of Christian Students.

Milliken attended the ABC Rally for three years and Cenla Rally in 1997.

&uot;Playing sports helped me manage my time and plan,&uot;&160;he said.

Milliken plans on attending LSU and majoring in medicine.

&uot;I want to be a dermatologist,&uot; he said.

Milliken said he will miss Huntington.

&uot;I’m going to miss the small community,&uot; he said. &uot;At a big school you don’t know a whole lot of people.&uot;