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Feather Miller will continue to chase records - and her dreams - at Southwestern Oregon Community College next year.

COURTESY PHOTO: ALEX SMITH - Madras High School senior Feather Miller recently signed a letter of intent to attend Southwestern Oregon Community College, where she will run the 400-meter hurdles for the school's track team. Miller will be on an athletic scholarship at SWOCC.

Feather Miller, a Madras High School senior, will be running her races in Coos Bay starting next year.

Miller, who competes on the MHS track team, recently signed her letter of intent to attend Southwestern Oregon Community College (SWOCC), joining the school's track team on an athletic scholarship.

While her senior season has not gone completely to plan due to nagging injuries and other factors, Miller is excited to continue her athletic career at SWOCC, where she will run in the 400-meter hurdles for the Lakers' track team.

As for what Miller plans to study while she is in Coos Bay, that is a plan she is still putting together.

"I'm all over the place," said Miller in regard to what she plans to study in college. "It was supposed to be education, but education is difficult."

Instead, Miller is leaning toward something to do in forestry or environmental sciences. The end goal, says the Warm Springs resident, is to come back to the Jefferson County area and help locals better understand how to protect their homeland.

As for why she chose to go to SWOCC, Miller notes a close connection with both her departed grandmother and the ocean — which she sees as kindred spirits.

"She always loved the coast," Miller said of her grandmother, who passed away earlier this year. "I have this thing like she's the ocean, so it would be nice to see her."

Miller took time to thank her dad and the rest of her family, her previous coaches, and all of her people.


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