Carolyn Forseth is a role model to her peers and to younger students, dedicating much of her free time to community service. She has received two varsity letters for her volunteer work, which has totaled more than 400 hours during high school.
“The best thing I like about community service is getting to branch out in the community, meeting people and learning from their experiences,” Forseth said.
As a reading mentor for Communities in Schools-Peninsula, Forseth spends time after school every week at Artondale Elementary. She said she loves the bonds she creates with her students.
“You can really see how you’re making a difference,” she said.
CISP Program Director Laurel Shultz said the students with whom Forseth worked have gained confidence and continue to grow as learners.
“She is genuine, and her caring demeanor and her own enjoyment of reading are apparent to the young people in our mentoring program,” Shultz said.
Forseth is also a leader for Young Life and has been part of three mission trips through her church.
During those trips, she volunteered at an Indian reservation in Montana, at a summer school in Mexico and at the Gospel Mission in Reno, Nevada.
In addition to community service, Forseth’s commitments include athletics and several school clubs. She has been described as cheerful, a reliable leader as well as a stellar academic.
One of the highlights of her high school career was summiting a mountain in British Columbia as part of a Young Life camp program. She had been looking to the trip for a couple of years, and said she wanted to do it as a way of finding her inner strength.
Forseth, who’s only 5-foot-2, said she had to carry a 50-pound backpack that was half her size during the five-day climb. She “broke down” several times but got back up and pushed on.
“It was very intense,” she said. “It challenged me in more ways than I’ve been challenged over the past three years of high school.”
She said the experience made her excited about her future.
“If I can summit a mountain, I know I can conquer college,” she said.
Forseth plans to study occupational therapy at Washington State University. She feels it’s a profession that combines her passions for the outdoors and for children.
“I enjoy making a difference,” she said. “I also like outdoor adventures.”