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Full Text of SR0366  100th General Assembly




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2    WHEREAS, The members of the Illinois Senate are saddened to
3learn of the death of Luke Miller of Champaign, who passed away
4on March 11, 2017; and
5    WHEREAS, Luke Miller was born in Urbana to Ryan and Heather
6(Cupps) Miller on May 6, 2001; and
7    WHEREAS, Luke Miller was a sophomore at Champaign
8Centennial High School; he was a member of the Charger archery
9and golf teams, and was awarded an academic letter in the fall
10of 2016; and
11    WHEREAS, Luke Miller was one of the top male archery
12shooters in the State; he excelled in the sport not only as an
13athlete, but as a teammate and he demonstrated excellent
14sportsmanship; in 2016, at the NASP Archery Tournament in
15Louisville, Kentucky, he placed in the top 1% of shooters
16ranking him 55th out of nearly 13,000 total participants; he
17was also a talented budding artist and participated in many art
18classes at Centennial; he recently had his art displayed at a
19juried show at the Illini Union Art Gallery; and
20    WHEREAS, Luke Miller began working with the Urbana Park
21District Urban Planning Department in the summer of 2016 where



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1he was learning about park management and natural resources for
2a potential career; he was an active member of the All School
34-H Club having served as President, Vice-President, and
4Treasurer during his eight years in 4-H; he won many awards at
5the Illinois State Fair including Grand Champion and State
6Superior ribbons in photography, geology, art, and sport
7fishing; he was instrumental in mentoring younger 4-H members
8in their projects and encouraging them to get involved in other
94-H activities; and
10    WHEREAS, Luke Miller played Little League baseball for the
11American and Champaign East Little Leagues; he was often the
12tall lefty at first base, and had a curve ball that left many
13batters and umpires stumped; he threw one game in his last year
14as a suited level player with 14 strikeouts, and hit a stand-up
15triple in the same game; he played for the Jefferson Middle
16School baseball team during his eight grade year; he was a
17member of the Science Olympiad Team for three years, was
18inducted into the National Junior Honor Society, and was on the
19honor roll; he was a member of the standout Jaguar Archery Team
20where, as a member of the top-shooting "Gold Team", he was
21awarded a medal as the Illinois Middle School State Male
22Champion, and competed at the National and World tournaments;
24    WHEREAS, Luke Miller had a passion and a zest for life and



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1did nothing at less than 100%; he was often called an "old
2soul" by many because of his maturity and compassion for
3others; he loved fishing for hours at subdivision ponds,
4photography, geology, Cardinal baseball, golfing, and spending
5time with his family and friends; he loved helping others with
6anything they needed, whether that was talking to someone
7during a tough time and making them laugh when they needed it,
8helping with homework, learning how to fish, teaching archery
9tips, or giving a timely hug; his smile was infectious, his
10jokes legendary, and he had enough fishing equipment to rival a
11sporting goods store; he had a big personality and will be
12missed dearly by so many lives he touched; and
13    WHEREAS, Luke Miller is survived by his parents; his
14grandparents, Larry and Susan Miller, and Beth and Bill Cupps;
15his uncles and aunts, Marc and Debbie Miller, and Brad and
16Laurel Allen; and his beloved cousins, Lilly and Logan Allen;
17therefore, be it
19ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, that we mourn the passing of
20Luke Miller, and extend our sincere condolences to his family,
21friends, and all who knew and loved him; and be it further
22    RESOLVED, That a suitable copy of this resolution be
23presented to the family of Luke Miller as an expression of our



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1deepest sympathy.