Joe Bundick is a well-rounded scholar, athlete and leader. He has played several sports and has volunteered his time to coach and umpire, while maintaining an excellent GPA.
His favorite sport is baseball, which he has been playing since he was in Little League at age 6. He was disappointed to not make the high school team as a freshman but instead of giving up, he worked hard to get back on track. He is now on varsity and considers his return to baseball the highlight of his high school career.
“Not making the team hurt on the inside and it was tough,” he said. “I worked harder to make the team and the knowledge that I am able to come back from failure is important.”
His Wollochet Baseball Club coach, William Clark, said Bundick has developed into a good leader on the summer team.
“As a catcher, he led by example, game after game,” Clark said. “He took on a leadership role that held others accountable for their play. … Under his leadership on the field, one of his teams won a league title.”
Bundick has used his passion for sports to give back. He has officiated soccer, baseball, girls lacrosse and basketball games.
“It gives me an opportunity to excel in my own confidence because it’s my job and I’m the authoritative figure,” he said.
Officiating has also given him a better appreciation for sports in general, he said.
“He not only has passion for success but also a compassion for others that need help,” Clark said.
An aspiring entrepreneur, Bundick has been involved with the DECA marketing club, competing at state. He’s also been inspired by his father, who is a banker, to open up and manage a small investment portfolio.
“I’ve gained knowledge and that’s more valuable to me than the small amount of money we made,” he said.
He wants to use his entrepreneurial interests in college and is considering double majoring in mechanical engineering and business administration. Bundick’s favorite subjects are math and science and he got a glimpse into the engineering profession while participating in the Washington Aerospace Scholars program.
“I enjoy everything about engineering but I also have a passion for people and interaction,” he said.
Bundick plans to attend the University of Washington and is keeping his career options open. One of his dreams is to work in a large engineering company.
Category: Business and Entrepreneurs
Education: Senior, Gig Harbor High School
Parent: Leo Bundick
Activities/Achievements: DECA treasurer, president, state competitor; Washington Aerospace Scholars; Evergreen Boys State; NYSE investing; baseball; cross country; Wollochet Baseball Club; American Legion Baseball district champions; 2011 Girls Lacrosse Rookie Umpire of the Year
Favorite Teacher: Eric Wolgemuth, science. “A teacher’s purpose is to instill a desire in a student to learn not only the required material but also how to function in today’s society. Eric Wolgemuth embodies the job of a teacher.”
Best thing about high school: “High school is the place to find oneself. At GHHS, I had the opportunity to surround myself with the best people ever and discover who I am.”