Paul Alvestad

Peninsula High School senior is a dedicated scholar-athlete and leader who is focused on serving others

Students of DistinctionApril 9, 2014 

Paul Alvestad has pursued a variety of interests, including sports, scouting and community service, and he’s stayed focused on academics. He has been described as a high-achieving student who is driven to succeed.

“Paul does not seek attention for himself, but rather deflects credit to others,” said Justin Ehli, Peninsula High School’s director of bands. “Paul shows remarkable acceptance and kindness to his peers. He is a one-of-a-kind soul who radiates positivity to everyone around him.”

Alvestad has served in many leadership roles through Boy Scouts of America. Last November, he received the Eagle Scout award after he logged more than 120 hours of community service. As the senior patrol leader, he led more than 60 boys, planned weekly meetings and regular outdoor events and served as a mentor for his peers.

“He has a personal code of honor that guides him,” Scoutmaster Clifford Uehlin said. “He willingly steps up to any challenge. I have never seen him fail.”

Alvestad has played the trumpet since he was in sixth grade. He is a member of both the symphonic and marching bands at Peninsula High.

“I like to express myself through music,” he said.

Alvestad maintained a 3.85 grade-point average while he took 10 advanced placement and honors classes. And he was nominated for the Washington Scholar award. He scored 4 out of 5 on the AP chemistry test two years ahead of the recommended College Board schedule.

“Paul showed a strong work ethic as he overcame the difficult task of taking AP chemistry without first completing a regular chemistry course,” teacher David Stitt said. “He grappled with the material tirelessly until he had mastered it.”

Alvestad is on the Seahawks’ cross country and the track and field teams, and he has served as captain for the former. He also helps out on his family farm, doing equipment maintenance and repairs. He consistently finds ways to serve others, whether it’s tutoring classmates, leading the band council or being involved with his church.

“Paul is a caring individual who brings out the best in those around him,” Stitt said. “Paul encourages and leads his peers with integrity and enthusiasm.”

His top choice for college is California Polytechnic State University, and one of his interests is architectural engineering.

“I like designing things and working with numbers, and engineering would be a good mix,” he said.

Paul Alvestad

Category: Science and Technology

Education: Senior, Peninsula High School

GPA: 3.85

Parents: L. Paul and Lisa Alvestad

Activities/achievements: Washington Scholar award nomination; AP Scholar with honors; cross country and track and field scholar-athlete; cross country team captain and most inspirational; WIAA Distinguished Scholastic Award; 10 AP/Honors classes; Eagle Scout God and Church scouting award; senior patrol leader; quartermaster; band council president.

Favorite teacher: Justin Ehli, band, “because he acts like a friend to his students and teaches them about the beauty of silence and music.”

Best thing about high school: “The first is that everyone is accepting of each other, regardless of beliefs and interests. The other is that the teachers really encourage students to challenge themselves.”

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