Zach Ringer has been described as an exceptional student who is accountable and committed not only as a student but also as a community member. A top scholar, he has volunteered his time for various activities while also playing several sports.
“Zach’s commitment to family, community and academia, along with his global perspective and passion for learning, has provided a solid foundation of conscious integrity,” said PHS English teacher Kim Napier.
Ringer started playing baseball at age 6 with T-ball and has since played several sports, including football, wrestling and basketball.
“It gives me a place where I can forget about everything else and just play the game,” he said of baseball. “It’s a place where I can have fun with my friends.”
Head baseball coach Pete Weymiller said Ringer is one of the most reliable students he’s taught and coached in his 30-year career. He called him a role model whose judgment and assistance he could trust in any situation.
“Zach practices with the same level of intensity as he plays with. He inspired teammates with his tremendous work habits and high-tempo approach to training,” Weymiller said. “One of his most impressive attributes is his soft-spoken demeanor. He leads naturally with his actions and inspires others to follow.”
Ringer has challenged himself with difficult classes, including four AP classes this year, for a total of nine in AP and honors. He said it’s been tough, but the work has paid off. He was nominated for the Washington Scholar award, which he considers the highlight of his academic achievement.
“To be selected out of hundreds of kids at the school for academic achievement is pretty special,” he said.
Ringer’s commitments have included community service through the National Honor Society and through church. He’s also known to give a hand to friends and neighbors when they need it. His contributions include helping with his church’s Vacation Bible School and Awana kids’ program as well as setting up and helping at various events.
“What makes Zach stand out from the crowd is his character,” said math teacher Jennifer Nichols. “While consistently earning the high scores on tests, there is a sense of humility about Zach that I have never seen in such a stellar student before.”
Ringer has not decided on a career yet but is considering a profession as an accountant or an actuary. He hopes to use his strength for math and sciences in whatever path he takes.