ELHS Alumni Congratulate the Class of 2018: Luke Miller
Above: Luke Miller, Senior Picture 1993
On June 10, about 300 high school seniors will march onward to join the ranks of Trojan Alumni who have graduated from East Lansing Public Schools over the last century.
East Lansing Info asked Trojan Alumni who live, work and retain ties in East Lansing to congratulate the Class of 2018. From now through early June, we'll feature their reflections and informal advice to the graduating class.
Thank you ELHS Alumni and congratulations to the Class of 2018.
Class of 1993
What is your occupation?
Marketing Manager, CBRE|Martin and CBRE|Grand Rapids
Why do you like working in East Lansing?
Where did you grow up in East Lansing?
What are some funny or fond memories you have about high school?
I think about the commons, Mr. Charlie Barr and his penchant for picking up loose change, and, of course, being a defensive back on the 1991 Class A State Championship football team.
Above: Miller Today
What was your favorite place in East Lansing when you attended high school? Why?
I have fond memories of the Jersey Giant location on M.A.C., the old Sneekers restaurant over by Frandor, and of course Pinball Pete’s. But I think far and away, my favorite place was Charlie Kang’s. At the time, it was one of only a couple restaurants really doing Korean cuisine in an authentic manner. Our family went there often, and I take my family there now.
What path did you initially take when you graduated?
I headed straight off to Kalamazoo and Western Michigan University.
What do you think is different about high school today?
My perception of high school today is that there is far more competition for a high-schooler’s time and attention. I think it was easier to compartmentalize your time in the 90s. There was no internet (as we know it today) and we didn’t have constant on-demand entertainment. In addition, I don’t think parents were as intent on their kid being the next (insert sports superstar name here), regardless of the realities of their ability. Athletics were more about exercise, comradery and team building, and character building. Not so much individual “brand-building.”
What do you think is the same?
Kids still feel the pressure of succeeding in an increasing competitive and social world. I think the same feelings of “fitting in” and growing into a personality still exist.
What advice do you have for graduating seniors?
As the Class of 2018 graduates and leaves ELHS, and even East Lansing, embrace all the good things about your experiences and accept and make peace with those things that maybe weren’t as great. And understand, that you and those you graduated with will mostly be different, and probably better, people than they are now. The ELHS community is large and significant, and we help out our own when possible. Don’t lose touch with that.