Brendan Greetham is ranked No. 1 academically and has taken a rigorous course load while being active with many clubs as well as dedicating time to community service. On a typical school day, he doesn’t get home until three or more hours late because he’s busy with some kind of commitment.
A Boy Scout since 10th grade, Greetham likes to spend time outdoors and help others. One of his major activities is the Interact Club, the Rotary’s high school branch. He was selected to go to Peru during the spring break to install a computer lab at a school that serves disadvantaged kids, including orphans.
Greetham’s Knowledge Bowl team recently placed second at state, which he considers a highlight of his high school experience. “Knowledge Bowl is fun because it combines different fields, from literature to history and science. And you’re doing it with friends — so you’re learning new things with friends,” he said.
Although he could be described as quiet, Greetham has inspired both peers and teachers. His teachers say he can be trusted to consistently perform at an extraordinary level and produce high-quality work.
“I’ve found Brendan to be unafraid of new challenges and risks. In addition to being a steady and reliable student, he’s an exceptional leader by example,” said Peninsula High School’s career and technical teacher Leland Smith. “He is a quietly confident, honest and humble young man. Whatever endeavor he pursues, it will be with the mission of making the world a better place.”
Greetham has maintained a perfect GPA while taking 12 AP and Honors classes. He’s especially proud of his ACT score — 36 out of 36 — and scores of 4 and 5 on his AP tests.
Last year, he was selected for the Washington Aerospace Scholar program. He was on a team that planned a mission to Mars and did engineering challenges. “I found it really interesting,” he said. “We got to see practical applications for science.”
He said his secret to academic success is hard work and completing assignments while staying on top of all the homework. He’s balanced that dedication with activities such as sports including tennis and cross-country, as well as social interests.
Greetham plans to study engineering or computer science in college and work in a technology-related field. “I find it really interesting because the developments in technology change people’s lives,” he said. “I want to be part of that.”
Education: Senior, Peninsula High School
Parents: Mark and Bethany Greetham
Activities/Achievements: AP Scholar with Distinction, Washington Aerospace Scholar, tennis, Knowledge Bowl second at state, Boy Scouts Life Scout, cross-country, robotics team, Model United Nations, Interact
Favorite Teacher: Kyle Meidell, AP world history. “He ties many branches of knowledge to analyze situations, their causes and their effects. This made classes very interesting.”