Dominic Lauer is a scholar athlete who’s graduating at the top of his class, with a perfect 4.0 GPA. Described as an intelligent person whose success comes from self-discipline and dedication to hard work, he has also given his time to various community service endeavors.
As a cross-country and track runner, Lauer has excelled and matured on the athletic field.
“I like running because it’s such an individual sport and you get out of it what you put into it,” he says.
He began high school on the JV team but set his goal not only to be on the varsity team but also to become one of the best runners on that team. He achieved both of those goals — and became the fifth-best runner in Peninsula High School’s history.
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“Having goals helps me because it gives me a reason to work hard,” he says. “You can be the best if you put your mind to it.”
Even in his spare time, he continues to be physically active, getting together with his teammates for a game of Frisbee or basketball.
In addition to his focus on sports and academics, Lauer’s involvement at Peninsula includes leadership class and National Honor Society. As the ASB class senator and a leader with NHS, he’s helped organize events and has participated in many service projects at school and in the community.
Lauer has also been active with his church youth group and has been part of several mission trips.
“The best part of the mission trips was the way my own character grew. I learned how to be more patient and more selfless,” he says.
To maintain his excellent grades, he says he can’t afford to procrastinate and he had to become better at time management while also trying to “go above and beyond as a personal standard.”
“He has achieved high levels of success in the classroom due to his commitment to excellence through honest, hard work,” says Michael Perrow, a Gig Harbor City Council member who has hired Lauer for landscaping work. “What has particularly impressed me, and what sets Dominic apart from others, is the quiet leadership he exudes simply through his presence.”
Lauer plans to attend Colorado School of Mines to study engineering. He says he’s loved math and science ever since elementary school, and especially enjoys geology and earth sciences. He’s considering a career path in geophysical engineering.
Education: Senior, Peninsula High School
Parents: Eric and Sherri Lauer
Activities/Achievements: Ranked No. 1 academically; 7 AP/Honors classes; Commended National Merit Scholar; AP Scholar with Honor; varsity cross-country and track, SPSL Scholar Athlete, Peninsula Scholar Athlete, WIAA Outstanding Scholar, WIAA state participant, First-Team All-League, South Sound cross-country camp “Friendliest” and “Best Dressed,” 5th best runner in school history for cross-country; scored 5 on AP biology and AP calculus exams; ASB class senator (2 years); National Honor Society secretary; mission trips to Mexico and Montana; youth group leadership; church volunteer projects
Favorite teacher: Jim Mills, science, because “he encourages students to be independent and intentional in their studies and inspired them to go above and beyond expectations.”
Best thing about high school: “The environment is so friendly and encouraging. It is a great place to develop a strong character inspired by service and leadership.”