Aubrey Klumker

Peninsula High senior achieves academic and personal success despite health challenges

May 14, 2014 

Aubrey Klumker is a talented performer who has maintained a near-perfect GPA, and has been active at the school and in the community despite suffering health setbacks. Her list of achievements includes serving as a music director at her church and performing in the prestigious American High School Honors Choir at Carnegie Hall in New York.

She first performed in a church talent show when she was a preschooler and has since pursued a passion for singing. February’s performance at Carnegie Hall was “the most amazing experience” of her life, Klumker said. She was nominated by her voice teacher and selected for the honor after recording a song for the judges.

Other performances have included musicals such as “Footloose” and “Sound of Music.” Klumker has also been dancing since age 4 and she loves being on stage.

“I feel free. I can forget about everything that’s going on (while performing),” she said. “I love expressing myself.”

Klumker has had to overcome health challenges that have caused her to miss many school days. During the final semester of her junior year, she had to withdraw from classes completely.

“I have learned that patience, endurance and steadfastness mold one’s desire to have a greater purpose. Through unexpected, trials one can overcome discouragement and frustration,” she said.

Despite missing class time, she has maintained excellent grades and has studied independently to catch up. She credits her family, friends and teachers with helping her keep up with academics as she did double work.

Klumker has been involved not only in school activities such as cheerleading and ASB but also at her church as a leader.

Even when her physical pain was acute, Klumker worked through her personal progress goals. She has earned the Young Womanhood Medallion at her church and has been asked to assist as a leader in the program.

“She motivates, cheers on and supports the other young women as they strive to earn their Young Womanhood Recognition,” said Elizabeth Brewer, the president of the Young Women’s Organization at Klumker’s church. “Aubrey is an extremely motivated and focused young lady.”

Klumker plans to attend Brigham Young University and study either musical theater or medicine. Her top choices of careers are endocrinology or surgeon if she pursues the medical field. If she goes into medicine, she plans to continue performing in some way.

“I could never stop,” she said. “It’s part of me.”

Aubrey Klumker

Category: Overcoming Adversity

Education: Senior, Peninsula High School

GPA: 3.98

Parents: Jon and Amber Klumker Activities/Achievements: cheerleading, ASB senator, Outlook features co-editor and managing editor, young women music director, youth group, American High School Honors Choir at New York’s Carnegie Hall, Seattle Opera Youth Chorus, National Honor Society, Scholar Athlete, volunteer for Winterfest, elementary school, mini cheer camp and other events and projects

Favorite Teacher: “I have loved all my teachers but if I had to pick, it would have to be Mr. (Kyle) Meidell (social studies). He has an amazing teaching method and he’s just a caring teacher.”

Best thing about high school: “Compared to other high schools, Peninsula is very accepting. There isn’t a lot of judgment or discrimination against others because one is seen as different from another.”

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