Rachel Geringer is a bright scholar who has maintained a 4.0 grade-point average while she’s taken college courses. In addition to graduating from Gig Harbor High School in June, she will obtain a two-year college degree.
“At Tacoma Community College, there’s more work, but it is easier to focus,” she said. “It’s a lot faster-paced, and I like that.”
Geringer also has pursued many other interests, including golf, leadership activities and community service. She said her accomplishments may be important, but “they don’t mean anything” without having a supportive group of friends.
Inspired by her father, Geringer was introduced to golf when she was 5, and she’s improved her sportsmanship every year. She’s played varsity golf at Gig Harbor High for all four years, and she’s served as the team captain for the past two years.
“I like the mental part of golf,” she said. “Once you learn the fundamentals, a lot of it is strategic.”
It’s easy to get frustrated with the sport, but and Geringer said she’s struggled with that, but she’s also learned to relax and have fun with it. Consequently, her game has improved, and she competed at the district tournament during both her freshman and sophomore years.
Geringer’s commitments have included the school’s French Club, the National Honor Society and volunteer activities. She’s also involved with Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church. She teaches Sunday school and participates in a Bible Quizzing program. She’s a captain of her team and has received several awards. She’s also ranked 12th in the Pacific Northwest district.
Melodee MacKinnon, her Bible Quizzing coach, said Geringer is a quiet and humble leader who is determined. She also follows high standards.
“She is a focused, hard-working young woman,” MacKinnon said. “While working to achieve her best personal performance, she has also invested in those around her. She has helped and encouraged other students, acting as a wonderful role model.”
Geringer plans to major in communication at the University of Washington, with a secondary focus on history. She hopes to become a teacher of history, her favorite subject.
“I like learning about the different cultures in the world and the implications on today’s world,” she said.
Geringer will start with junior-level classes at UW and could graduate in two years.
“I am confident that Rachel will be an asset to whichever university she chooses to attend, and, ultimately, our world, which so desperately needs leaders of integrity like Rachel,” MacKinnon said.
Education: Senior, Gig Harbor High School
Parents: Timothy and Jill Geringer
Activities/achievements: Ranked No. 1; varsity girls golf team captain; Bible Quizzing excellence award, team captain, ranked 12th in Pacific Northwest District; TCC Phi Theta Kappa, National Honor Society; French Club; Sunday School preschool leader; elementary school tutor; Tacoma Rescue Mission volunteer.
Favorite teacher: David Whitesell, social studies, “because his class challenged me academically, and the way he taught the class made the subject very interesting and engaging.”
Best thing about high school: “It is really easy to make friends and meet new people.”