Lauren Sutton is an outstanding athlete and scholar with a heart for service. She has been described as giving everything her best efforts and willing to do whatever it takes.
Sutton started playing sports while in preschool and has tried everything from soccer to swimming.
After playing volleyball in seventh grade, it became her favorite sport.
“I like that it’s a team sport and you can rely on others,” she said. “It’s an upbeat and passionate game and a fun sport to be part of.”
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She has a long list of athletic achievements, including captain of the school’s varsity volleyball team and floor captain of her club volleyball team. She’s also traveled around the Northwest as part of a club tournament team.
The highest point of her athletic career was her team placing seventh at state; Sutton served as co-captain at the time. She said the win proved that if they work together, they could achieve together.
“I loved to be a leader and to be part of such an awesome experience,” she said. “We worked hard and trusted each other.”
Her high school volleyball coach, Sue Westering, said Sutton is a special person.
“She is ambitious, energized and has the kind of positive attitude that is truly contagious,” Westering said. “She is a self-starter and will go above and beyond the call in whatever the task, whatever the challenge, with a cheerful heart.”
Sutton said she was able to make a lot of friends through sports as well as learn to work well with others.
“I learned to get out of my comfort zone,” she said.
She’s carried that lesson throughout — as one example, she plans to join the Army ROTC in college to get out of her comfort zone and become a better leader.
Her extensive community service experience has earned her a community service letter from United Way. Sutton has dedicated hundreds of hours to organizations and programs such as Backpacks 4 Kids, Fish food bank, Gig Harbor Little League and Medical Explorers.
She was also a tutor at Discovery Elementary, a Young Life member and a volleyball camp coach.
“It’s really fun to do things in the community,” she said.
Balancing all her commitments can get stressful, she said, but she finds it very rewarding to be involved in so many things.
Sutton plans to study nursing and is considering either University of Washington or Texas Christian University.