Kaitlin Flanigan became involved in community service after joining the Girl Scout Daisies in kindergarten. In high school, she has been involved in numerous volunteer projects while pursuing other interests, such as athletics and DECA marketing.
She has maintained her involvement with the Girl Scouts through high school, receiving the Silver Award. She’s enjoyed not only the ability to do community service but also to gain life skills.
“It’s helped me a lot, and I wanted to stay with it,” Flanigan said.
In her junior year, Flanigan and her friends organized a Hoops for Hope fundraiser, a students vs. staff basketball game that raised $1,500 for Seattle Children’s Hospital.
This year, Hoops for Hope 2.0, a basketball game between Gig Harbor and Peninsula high school staff, raised more than $3,700 for scholarships for both schools. In April, Flanigan’s three-person DECA team presented its event at a national DECA competition in Florida.
“Kaitlin is an exemplary student and leader, but my favorite thing about her is that she is such an engaging and likable young lady,” said history instructor Jonathan Bill. “Always a bright and cheerful person, she has shown uncommon levels of energy, commitment and excellence at PHS.”
Flanigan has a passion for helping others in need. Among her longtime volunteer commitments are the Thanksgiving Basket Brigade, United Way’s Adopt-A-Family program and the Kids ‘N Christmas Community Make It/Take event.
“She connects to her community, contributes to it as a matter of habit, and treats each of her fellow human beings with dignity and respect,” Bill said.
Flanigan is a top scholar who has maintained a near-perfect GPA and has been described as showing an unsurpassed work ethic and self-discipline.
“A leader by example, Kaitlin fosters support from her teammates to admirably accomplish all given goals,” said physics teacher Hans Brockhoff.
A soccer player since preschool and into her freshman year, Flanigan tried cross-country as a sophomore, reluctantly at first.
“I wasn’t too keen on the idea of running 5K every race but my friends convinced me,” she said. “I fell in love with it. It’s a very mental sport and you have to be strong mentally and physically.
She hopes to continue running in college with a club or intramural team.
Flanigan plans to study business at the University of Portland and pursue a career in marketing.
“I like the idea of working with people,” she said. “I feel I can use my communication skills and my creative ideas (in marketing).”