Arlana Janell Miller was born on December 12, 2002 (her dad’s birthday) at 11:50 a.m. at North Monroe Hospital in Monroe, LA to Pastor Arthur Miller, Jr. and Janice Tappin-Miller. She was the only daughter born to this union.
Arlana attended Head Start at three years of age and later was crowned Little Miss Headstart. She attended Oak Hill Elementary School in grades Pre-K4-2nd grade as an honor student, 3rd-6th grade as an honor student at Delta Magnet School, and 7th grade as an honor student at Morehouse Magnet, where she had an opportunity to be placed in the Morehouse Parish Gifted and Talented program in Bastrop, LA.
Arlana loved to cheer, ride horses and 4 wheelers with her cousins at their Paw Paw John’s house. She loved to make wigs, also. Arlana moved to Texas in 2016 with her mom and attended A. W. Brown. During Arlana’s freshman year, she was inducted into the DeSoto Early College and joined the DeSoto Cheer Squad.
At the end of Arlana’s junior year, Covid -19 took place. She transitioned to zoom classes. She was ranked in the top 14% of her class. In Arlana’s senior year, she started her first job at Chicken Express in Waxahachie, Texas. Arlana’s PawPaw and mother bought her first car a week before he passed. She started a scholarship fund for DE Cheer in 2020 for two senior cheerleaders. Arlana graduated from DeSoto Early College on May 26, 2021(Forever 21). Arlana attended Southern University A&M in the fall of 2021 on a David Scott/JAG STARS scholarship.
Arlana was baptized by Pastor Glass at New Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church in Bastrop, LA at a young age. She was an active youth member. She served in the youth choir, on the praise dance team, as well as attended bible class and Sunday School. Arlana later joined Greater Magnolia Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of Pastor Mozell Smith. Arlana was an active youth member who served with the choir and attended bible class and Sunday School regularly. She and her mom joined Community Missionary Baptist on August 22, 2016 under the leadership of Pastor Oscar D. Epps, Sr., where she continued to serve with the youth choir and attend Sunday School and bible class.
Arlana departed from her earthly home to join her grandfathers, John D. Tappin, Sr. and Pastor Arthur Miller, Sr. on May 4, 2022. Arlana J. Miller’s Southern University Cheer Scholarship Fund was created in her honor.
The following are the many accomplishments Arlana achieved during her earthly journey:
Little Miss Head Start, 3rd and 5th Grade Class Princess at Delta Magnet, 6th Grade Homecoming Maid at Delta Magnet, Jr. Beta Vice President and Jr. Beta Honors Club at Morehouse Magnet, 3rd Place Runner Up in Miss Louisiana Preteen Pageant, 2014 Delta Magnet School’s Student of the Year, Jr. Beta Honors Club at Delta Magnet, Placed in the Top 5 in 3 events at the USATF and went to Nationals Junior Olympics in 2016 in the long jump, 100-meter dash, and 200-meter dash, President’s Education Awards Program for Outstanding Academic Excellence in 2016 by President Barack Obama, 2015- only 6th grader at Delta Magnet with all A’s for the year, UDA All American Dancer- 7th Grade, Performed twice at half- time with the New Orleans Saints Cheerleaders, Performed once with the New Orleans Pelicans Cheerleaders, Delta Magnet and Morehouse Magnet 4-H Club, Delta Magnet and Morehouse Junior High Track Team, The City of Bastrop Parks and Recreation Track Team, Morehouse Parish Cheerleaders - elementary years, Delta Dazzlers and A. W. Brown Cheer - junior high years, DeSoto High School Cheer, Honor Student K—12th Grade, First Runner Up to homecoming queen at A.W. Brown Fellowship Leadership Academy- 8th Grade, Most Athletic Girl voted by peers at A. W. Brown Fellowship Leadership Academy- 8th Grade, DeSoto National Honor Society , High School Heroes Program, Early College Program at DeSoto High School, Jr. Highest Cheer GPA at DeSoto High School, Voted Cheer Coaches Favorite- Junior Year, Cheerleader Captain- Senior Year, David Scott/JAG STARS scholarship recipient, Laney Cheer scholarship for DE Cheer in 2020, Southern University A&M Cheer and Competition Cheer Squad, DeSoto Outstanding Achievement Award 2021, Top 14% of Desoto High School Class of 2021
Arlana’s precious memories will be forever cherished in the hearts of: her father, Pastor Arthur Miller, Jr.; her mother, Janice Tappin-Miller; her big brother, Raylon Miller; her grandmothers, Zenobie Miller and Betty Tappin; her great- great grandmother, Sarah Seay Burrell; her puppy, Khloe Miller; her aunts, Berronica Miller, Kitty Miller, and Karnisha Tappin; her uncles, Terrance Tappin, John Tappin, Jr., and LaMarcus Payne; a host of cousins, family members, and friends.
Arlana will truly be missed by all who knew and loved her!
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