Alec Hatfield is a versatile individual who has pursued multiple interests in high school, from athletics and leadership to STEM. Described as goal-driven, diligent and reliable, her has made an impression in the classroom, on the sports field and in the community.
“Over my 38 years of teaching in public education and at private colleges, I place Alec in the top 2 percent,” said GHHS CTE instructor Roland Smith, who’s worked with Hatfield in classes, clubs and athletics. “I have witnessed him set goals, measure the goal and monitor to meet the end result.”
Following his interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) subjects, Hatfield started a STEM club at Gig Harbor High when he was a freshman. The club comprises several fields, including robotics, biotechnology, programming and video game design, among others.
“I was interested in math but there wasn’t a club so I thought I might as well start one,” he said.
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Affiliated with the Washington State Technology Students Association, the Gig Harbor club now has as many as 30 members. Hatfield, who has a national leadership certification through TSA, has participated in various conferences and competitions, and has also served as the robotics team captain.
“His attitude toward academics, his enthusiasm for learning, his work ethic and dedication to serving others are exceptional. Alec constantly challenges himself to become a better person, scholar and athlete,” said his math teacher, Joyce Kilner.
Asked about his highest achievement in high school, Hatfield said it was his ability to use the school’s resources to better himself and push himself to the next level. That included not only academics and various clubs but also athletics.
Part of both the football and wrestling teams at Gig Harbor, Hatfield said sports help him relax. Wrestling has especially influenced him.
“You have to push yourself mentally and physically,” he said.
He said his competitive nature was one of the things that contributed to his overall success, considering his extremely busy schedule.
“He pushed himself daily for improvement and continues to push himself while inspiring others with his persistent attitude,” Kilner said regarding his efforts on the football team.
Following a long-standing family tradition, Hatfield plans to join the ROTC while attending Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, and will likely join the Army Reserve after college. He will study electrical engineering, with the dream job of a NASA systems designer or Disney imaginer (designing the rides).
Category: Science and technology
Education: Senior, Gig Harbor High School
Parents: Mike and Janet Hatfield
Activities/Achievements: 5 AP/Honors classes; STEM Club founder and president, robotics team captain; Washington State Technology Students Association state finalist and national leadership certificate; National Honor Society; speaker for MLK assembly, Career College Financial Exploration; ASB senator; Association of Washington Student Leaders; Leadership Committee chair; Ambassadors Club vice president; varsity football, JV team captain; varsity wrestling; National Honor Society; Young Republicans Club; TED-Ed Club; French Club; fencing; Sportsman’s Club; middle school tutor;
Favorite teacher: Mr. Harten, STEM Club adviser, who “inspired me to become club president,” and Mr. Smith, “who inspired me toward my college goals.”
Best thing about high school: the staff. “The teacher are professional and highly dedicated to the students. The support staff is also professional and always helpful.”