Noah Johnson

Gig Harbor High senior is ranked No. 1, committed to sports and community service, has passion for environment

April 30, 2014 

Noah Johnson is ranked No. 1 academically at Gig Harbor High, and has demonstrated the same excellence in everything he’s done. A top athlete and academic, he has maintained a full schedule with volunteer and club activities while pursuing an interest in environmental sciences and engineering.

Johnson was on Gig Harbor’s seven-person cross-country team that won the national championship in December. He’s mentored younger athletes on the team and said athletics have helped him not only develop physically but also make many friends.

“It’s been integral to my time in high school,” he said.

His volunteer activities include serving as the president of the National Honor Society this year and founding a tutoring program at Kopachuck Middle School. He recruited about two dozen high school students to tutor on a variety of subjects in conjunction with the KMS homework club, bringing five to seven tutors in for each session.

“It was cool to be able to see the impact we’re having on the students and see a measurable result,” he said.

While maintaining a 4.0 GPA and taking 13 AP and Honors classes, Johnson was active with several clubs. He was also a member of DECA, placing first and second at area competitions and qualifying twice for nationals.

“He continuously challenges himself in all facets of his life: academics, athletics, art and commitment to his community, to name just a few,” said Gig Harbor High science teacher Dennis Johnson. “Though he innately possesses a vast intelligence that will take him very far in life, Noah’s work ethic and perseverance are even more admirable.”

Last year, he spent five weeks as a full-time intern at 3TIER, a Seattle renewable energy forecasting company.

The experience at 3TIER has solidified his interest in renewable energy — an interest sparked by his family’s love for the outdoors and his passion for the environment.

“Noah is a quick learner and easy to work with. ... I was particularly impressed in how Noah organized complicated metadata within a spreadsheet for simple interpretation,” said 3TIER vice president of forecasting, Jeffrey Lerner.

Johnson plans to study engineering and then train in the renewable energy field. His goal is to design new technologies for renewables such as wind and solar.

“Because my family is into backpacking and outdoors, it’s made me realize how important the environment is to a lot of people and to life on this planet,” he said. “I want to be a part of preserving that.”

Noah Johnson

Category: Science and technology

Education: Senior, Gig Harbor High School

GPA: 4.0

Parents: Tesa and David Johnson

Activities/Achievements: AP Scholar with Honor, commended National Merit Scholar, City of Tacoma National Arts Program Best of Show and 1st place in teen category, Washington Aerospace Scholar, Gig Harbor Model Project team leader, founder and leader of tutoring program at Kopachuck Middle School, DECA state qualifier, cross-country, track, swim team, Key Club, YES Club, Relay for Life

Favorite Teacher: Douglas Perry, history and English. “His enthusiasm for teaching and his focus on helping every student realize their full potential is inspiring.”

Best thing about high school: “The teachers are outstanding at presenting information while connecting with students in a way that enhances their educational experiences as well as their lives.”

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