The Boca 17-year-old says it’s the first club of its kind in Palm Beach County schools.
His future goals are simple: Save the animals and save the earth.
“Not our earth, the Earth,” said Bodey Miller, a junior at Spanish River High School in Boca Raton.
Miller founded during the 2018-19 school year as a sophomore a unique organization – the Vegan Club. He said it’s the first club of its kind in Palm Beach County schools.
Since its inception, the Vegan Club has expanded its membership and biweekly attendance of club meetings; met with cafeteria management to include non-dairy and meat-free options in the lunchroom; and provided information to hundreds of high school students regarding veganism as a lifestyle.
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“My goal is to expand awareness for the multiple benefits of being vegan and to inform the community that it’s easier than ever to make simple and healthy changes,” said Miller, of Boca Raton. “It would be amazing if all of the Palm Beach (County) schools had vegan options for students, but right now, that’s just not available.”
His proudest high school accomplishment? His hand in orchestrating a new offering from the cafeteria — vegan soy milk — to school lunch tables.
“This would not be possible without lots of persistence,” said the 17-year-old. “Seeing some students buying the soy milk tells me that it was worth it.”
Miller was recently featured on a People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) student Instagram page for his efforts. He raises awareness about veganism by talking to students and giving them tools to help them make informed decisions about veganism. He wants the world to know how veganism saves animals.
“I would not say that they are my passions as much as my obligations towards the countless innocent animals that need our help in realizing our mistakes,” Miller said.
A few key ideas that led him to such conviction about veganism at a young age are “the knowledge that at this moment a baby calf is being taken away from its mother, the knowledge that a chimpanzee is about to go through another cycle of testing for a product that doesn’t even need testing, and the knowledge that every second is a second I can’t get back and that I can only keep on going.”
Miller also is a community volunteer with Becca’s Closet, staff member at Runner’s Edge in Boca, and Varsity Cross Country/Track team member. He credits his vegan lifestyle to being a strong and fit athlete.
In the future, Miller wants to have a career that helps people. And just like his dedication to veganism, he’s willing to do whatever it takes to reach that goal.
“I’d like a career that needs no double-checking and focuses on the main issue at hand,” Miller said. “I want to also work with people on the vegan topic as well and continue my journey of awareness as an adult.”