Sophine Alvestad has been described as an uncommonly gifted person, natural leader and remarkable athlete. She is highly accomplished in several areas, including sports, academics and community service.
Sports have been part of her life since she was young, starting with soccer and gymnastics in kindergarten. In high school, she was part of the varsity track and cross-country teams, and was voted by her peers on both teams as Most Inspirational.
She considers that unexpected honor the highest point of her athletic career, if not entire high school.
“It was really touching that they voted for me,” she said. “You’re helping your peers, and it’s nice to know that they notice.”
Community service was another focus for Alvestad. She has served as a leader for Young Life, has gone on mission trips, and has volunteered time for various events.
One of her highest achievements in community service was helping organize a fundraising “staff vs. students” basketball game that raised nearly $1,500 for Seattle Children’s Hospital.
This year, the team organized another fundraising basketball game, this time between staff of Peninsula and Gig Harbor high schools, raising scholarship money for both schools.
“We wanted to make it a bigger event this year, so the whole community can be involved,” she said.
The team presented the community service projects at state DECA competitions, and won first place both years. This year, the group was planning to present the project at a national DECA event.
“Sophia is one of those rare individuals simultaneously respected by both adults and students. All members of Peninsula High School community admire the positive energy that she exudes in any situation,” said science teacher Keegan Burmark.
To maintain a near-perfect GPA, Alvestad said she had to stay focused and not get discouraged.
“Sometimes it’s hard because you have to give up doing things with your friends,” she said.
Her commitment to success as well as to serving others has been noted by many of those who know her.
“Sophia’s rock-solid core values of honesty, hard work, faith and perseverance, combined with her kind and gracious personality and exceptional academic ability, make her a very special young woman,” said chemistry teacher Hans Brockhoff.
Alvestad is considering a career in nursing and plans to attend Pacific Lutheran University.
“I really like to help people, and because of my involvement in sports, I’m fascinated with the human body and how it works,” she said.