Connor Jost has been described as a persistent individual who has given consistent efforts to improving his performance both in the classroom and on the athletic field. In addition to being heavily involved in sports, he has followed other interests, such as Boy Scouts and community service.
He began playing soccer before first grade and later pursued several sports. He joined the football team in middle school because of his friends, and has since worked to become one of the best defense linemen in the local league.
In addition to receiving the Lineman of the Year award from his team, Jost was selected for the 1st Team All-League Defensive Line for the Narrows League, which he considers his highest achievement in sports.
“I’m not big for a lineman so that was challenging for me, to go against heavier, bigger guys,” he says.
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Jost also joined the high school track and field team as a discus and shot put thrower, placing in the top at various meets. His coach, Kevin Eager, says while Jost struggled as a freshman, he “kept at it,” and by the sophomore year began setting personal records and placing at league, followed by advancement to state for both discus and shot put in his junior year.
“His grasp of the events and his maturity had clearly improved,” Eager says. “His football coaches were seeing the same thing in the fall, and what’s more, he was not only doing the right things but becoming a positive influence on others with his leadership.”
A Scout since he was in elementary school, Jost was awarded the highest rank, Eagle Scout. He follows a deep family tradition of scouting, which includes his father, uncle and cousin.
He is on the Pierce County Search and Rescue team, and has participated in several search operations.
“It’s a good way to give back to the community,” he says.
Jost is also giving back as a part-time volunteer coach at CrossFit Gig Harbor. Owner David Herron says Jost has shown quiet strength and integrity.
“Connor has a fierce determination to achieve and the will to see it through,” Herron says. “He is mature beyond his years in his personal commitment to excellence and in the example he sets for others.”
Jost plans to study engineering in college and hopes to join either the football or the track and field team. His top choice is the University of Texas.
Education: Senior, Gig Harbor High School
Parents: Kim and Wade Jost
Activities/Achievements: varsity track and field discus 4th place at district, 12th at state, 5th at SheHon Invitational; shot put 5th at district, 5th at state, 2ne at Tacoma Invitational; varsity football Lineman of the Year, 1st Team All-League; rugby; National Honors Society; Boy Scouts Eagle Scout; CrossFit coach; 4 AP/Honors courses; tutoring; Pierce County Search and Rescue
Favorite teacher: Dennis Johnson, AP chemistry and physics. “He made two very difficult AP courses both fun and enjoyable for me. He is the reason I want to continue my education in engineering.”
Best thing about high school: “the bond built with my brothers on and off the football field that will carry on with all of us as we graduate and move on in our individual lives.”