Boardman student’s unique passions land him $25K scholarship

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BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) – A Boardman high school senior will be heading off to college next year with an extra $25,000 for tuition.

It’s all courtesy of Taco Bell.  

The Taco Bell Foundation awarded the $25,000 scholarship to Miles Spearman. The big surprise was announced Wednesday night at Boardman High’s spring band concert. 

The company will spend a few days with Spearman, making a documentary about the passions that singled him out of the tens of thousands of applicants. 

“He has this crazy combination of passions, and we love that,” said Sharon Tweed, of the Taco Bell Foundation. “We love things at Taco Bell that are weird and rebellious and out-of-the-box, so to have him be the student that is exactly one of those other kids that does embody an innovator, dreamer, we immediately were like, ‘This is our kid.'” 

Spearman has a dream that goes beyond music. 

He wants to combine his passion for trumpet with his passion for medicine. 

He is headed to the University of Cincinnati to study biomedical engineering. 

He decided to combine the two after studying anatomy and watching his aunt’s battle with Alzheimer’s.

“For those last three or four years, she was losing memory, and I feel music can have an impact on trying to retain those memories, so I feel research is needed,” Spearman said. 

Whatever he decides to do, his band director knows he’ll be a success.

“Whatever he wants to do in music, he could do it,” said Band Director Tom Ruggieri. “His dream of doing biomedical engineering and including music, if anyone can make it happen, Miles can make it happen.” 

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