Miles Petterson: Chasing excellence |

Miles Petterson: Chasing excellence

Cindy Ramunno
Special to the Daily
EVHS co-valedictorian Miles Petterson shows his pole vaulting skills.
Special to the Enterprise |

“Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence,”

– Vince Lombardi

EAGLE —Top Eagle Valley High School senior Miles Petterson is one of those guys who everyone admires.

Because he’s so well-liked, his classmates were looking forward to him speaking at EVHS’s graduation ceremonies as co-valedictorian (Natalie Morrissey is sharing that honor).

“We are both super excited that one of us isn’t beating the other,” Petterson said of the co-honor.

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Petterson was born in Vail and his family moved to Eagle when he was just 1. His mother, Linda, home schooled him from kindergarten through most of the third grade. He then attended the Waldorf School on the Roaring Fork from the end of third grade through his eighth grade year. Petterson started his high school career in Gypsum.

“I have attended Eagle Valley High School for the last four years, and I love it,” said Petterson.

Principal Greg Doan describes Petterson as an independent leader. “This year Miles organized National Honors Society students to be tutors for our AVID program,” said Doan. “He was in charge of getting his classmates organized and prepared to help with this intensive process.”

Part of a team

Petterson thinks the best part about EVHS is the environment created in the classroom, in athletics and in every extracurricular activity.

“Everywhere you go on campus, you feel like you’re part of a team,” said Petterson.

He’ll miss driving to school in the morning with his younger sister, and making jokes in the hallway with friends.

“I will miss the personalities and the little things that make our school unique.”

During his four years at the school, Petterson played boys soccer, along with a combination of club and high school hockey with the Vail Hockey Association, Mountain Militia, and Battle Mountain High School. In addition, during his sophomore year he joined the track team, where he began pole-vaulting for the Devils. He also enjoys what most kids in the valley enjoy – skiing, backpacking and biking. He serves as the president of the EVHS National Honor Society chapter. That’s a lot, but that’s not all.

In Petterson’s free time, he plays the mandolin and guitar in a progressive bluegrass duo called Fresh Cut.

“I love that Miles plays an instrument like the mandolin,” said Doan. “He has displayed his talents at a couple of events at EVHS and each time I come away even more impressed. I think his playing the mandolin is a perfect reflection of his unique personality.”

This fall, Petterson will attend Yale University to study mechanical engineering.

“I have always been drawn to hands on activities, and I hope that I can make a tangible difference with regards to today’s problems,” said Petterson. He’s received some scholarship money from the Kiwanis Club of Glenwood and the Stars of Tomorrow Talent Show – and is still waiting to hear on others. This summer, Petterson plans to work in the valley to save up some money for college expenses.

In the future, Petterson sees many different paths that he could follow.

“Maybe I will move back to Colorado, and work for an engineering firm here,” said Petterson. “I might find myself studying to get a graduate degree, or maybe I’ll own a business that finds solutions to our societies needs.”

It’s apparent that Petterson showed up at EVHS four years ago to achieve great things and now he can say that mission is accomplished.

“Miles is a great example of what clear focus and dedication to your goals can lead towards,” said Doan. “The outcome has been that he is going to have incredible opportunities after high school because of all the hard work that he did while in school.”

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