Kellan Grant

Peninsula High School senior is a top scholar, accomplished athlete, genuine leader and kind person

Students of DistinctionMarch 26, 2014 

Kellan Grant is a well-rounded academic, athlete and leader who has maintained a 3.99 grade-point average while he’s pursued numerous interests. Ranked fourth academically with taking nine advanced placement and honors classes, he has several scholastic awards.

“I took sports very seriously, but school was very important to me,” said Grant, who added he would take time off practice if he needed extra time for homework.

Grant considers his AP Scholar with Distinction award the highlight of his high school career.

“It was the multiple AP classes and multiple years of work showing off in this award,” he said.

He’s played sports since he was in kindergarten. In high school, he’s been involved with the basketball, water polo and swimming and diving teams.

Grant said his older brothers were inspirational. One of them, Gavin, two years his senior, was ASB president.

“I looked up to him,” Grant said.

He followed in Gavin’s footsteps to study Chinese and to take a leadership class so he could be involved in the ASB, for which he’s served as treasurer.

“He constantly impresses me with his ability to be a positive and driven leader to all students in the (leadership) class,” said Danielle O’Leary, English teacher and ASB adviser at Peninsula High. “With his optimistic attitude and passion for learning, he has learned the respect of his teachers and peers at Peninsula High School.”

Grant also has volunteered as a tutor and served as the manager for the Seahawks’ girls water polo team.

He has been described as a person who has a rare gift of kindness. While he was on the water polo team, for which he served as captain for two years, he accepted teammates of all abilities and built meaningful relationships that lasted beyond the pool.

“Kellan is a fun student to be around,” Peninsula High math teacher Peter Pratz said. “He has a magnetic personality that other students see as an example of how to strive for success and have fun while doing it.”

Grant plans to study engineering. One of his top choices is at the University of Washington. He also hopes to play college water polo.

“Science and math are my strong areas,” he said. “It’s almost fun to me.”

Grant’s long-term goal is to own a firm so he can be the decision-maker.

“Kellan is an exceptional young man who is now, and will continue to be, a success,” Pratz said.

Kellan Grant

Category: Academics

Education: Senior, Peninsula High School

GPA: 3.99

Parents: Cat and Doug Grant

Activities/achievements: AP Scholar with Distinction; swimming and diving team; WIAA Distinguished Scholastic Award; water polo team captain; most inspirational for basketball, swimming and water polo; ASB treasurer; Interact Club; Environmental Club; Winterfest volunteer; girls water polo team manager; National Honor Society; Chinese tutor; Model United Nations; licensed Scuba diver.

Favorite teacher: Peter Pratz, math and statistics, “because he is an inspirational instructor. He makes class fun and interesting for all students.”

Best thing about high school: Supportive faculty and students. “At Peninsula, you can always find a teacher or student who is very kind and willing to help others.”

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