Noah Hanks is a multi-sport athlete who’s been playing sports year-round. He’s played club soccer for nine years and joined the Peninsula High School varsity team as a freshman, an uncommon achievement.
As a high school athlete, Hanks also played varsity football. During the peak season, he practiced for as many as 18 hours a week, including weekends.
His dream is to play on a college soccer team, and he’s worked hard toward that goal.
“Playing with the club was a way to meet new people and coaches,” he said.
Hanks played for the Peninsula football team for three years and was named to the all-South Puget Sound League second team last fall. He said that was the highlight of his career, especially since, at 165 pounds, he’s one of the smallest linebackers in the league.
“Sports really show me what kind of person I am and help me deal with adversity,” he said. “I don’t know what I’d do without sports.”
Peninsula High assistant football coach Joel Epstein said Hanks has “soared above the typical student-athlete.”
“Win or lose, Noah’s character radiates a positive energy,” Epstein said. “He is self-motivated, well-organized and mature beyond his years. I have seen Noah excel in every endeavor he has pursued, and I have every reason to believe that the future will be no different.”
Hanks’ other interests include school leadership activities through the National Honor Society, and volunteering to help organize various events.
Hanks has a creative side as well. In middle school, he played in a community jazz band, and he became involved with musical theater during his senior year at Peninsula High. He will be part of the school’s spring musical production.
Hanks said he’s enjoyed his dance-class experience so much that he may continue theater in college.
He plans to study computer science at Western Washington University and become a computer hardware engineer.
“Since a very young age, I’ve liked computers, and I wanted to see how they work,” Hanks said.
An avid skimboarder, Hanks competed for the first time last summer. If Western Washington doesn’t have a skimboarding team, Hanks said he plans to start one. He also hopes to play for the Vikings’ soccer team during his sophomore year.
Education: Senior, Peninsula High School
Parents: Maurice and Christine Hanks
Activities/achievements: Varsity soccer team captain (two years), SPSL second team; varsity football captain award, SPSL second team; National Honor Society; volunteer for Winterfest and Arbor Day.
Favorite teacher: Kim Napier “because she is preparing me for college.”
Best thing about high school: “Peninsula High is very inclusive. Everyone welcomes each other, and nobody is viewed differently.”