Madeleine Misterek is a star athlete and scholar who is ranked No. 1 academically. She has numerous athletic accolades as a soccer player and a track and field runner, including Scholar Athlete titles and a Coach’s Award.
Playing soccer since seventh grade, Misterek was a member of the Harbor Premiere Soccer Club for many years. She also played varsity soccer at Peninsula and loves the experience of being out in the field.
“It’s fun to be around the teammates. I like the camaraderie and I like pushing myself to be faster and improve my technique,” she said. “I feel it’s taught me other things about myself that I can apply to life outside soccer.”
Her Harbor Premier Soccer Club coach said Misterek stood out through her competitiveness, desire to improve and love of the sport. She was also a role model to her peers and younger players.
“Most important to me, she is a player I and her teammates could depend on every time,” coach Bruce Arrington said. “I am certain those that know her away from the soccer field feel the same way.”
In addition to her full sports schedule, Misterek stays busy working and volunteering for various organizations and being active through her church — all on top of maintaining a perfect GPA. Her volunteer work includes painting homes with Paint Tacoma/Gig Harbor Beautiful, serving as counselor at YMCA’s Camp Colman and performing on the piano at a retirement community.
Last summer, she went on a mission trip to Mexico, which she described as one of the best experiences of her life. She tutored children in English, math and music. “It was really eye-opening and I’d love to do stuff like that more,” she said.
Misterek said school has been her top priority before anything else, but it hasn’t always been easy to maintain excellent grades. “I’ve chosen to challenge myself. I study a lot,” she said.
She loves to work with people and especially children, and is considering a career as a pediatric nurse, physical therapist or similar.
“The human body is an amazing thing and I want to learn more about it and help people with their well-being and preventing problems,” she said. “I find kids are so joyful and make me happy, so working with them would be my first choice.”
Misterek has not decided on a college yet but her long-term dream is to travel and work abroad.
Education: Senior, Peninsula High School
Parents: Matt and Kari Misterek
Activities/ achievements: Varsity soccer and premiere club soccer, state playoff team, SPSL All-League first team, Scholar Athlete, Coach’s Award, Most Improved, Tacoma Athletic Commission Athlete of the Year nominee; track and field district runner, WIAA Outstanding Scholastic Team; tennis; AP Scholar with Distinction; Washington Scholars Program nominee; Fellowship of Christian Athletes leader; Outlook sports editor
Favorite teacher: Lynda Richards, English. “She helped me grow in confidence as a student and helped me come to love writing.”
Best thing about high school: “The staff genuinely cares about students and their futures.”