Cascade Christian High senior Hanna Boyd is having a special kind of year on the golf course. As one of the state’s top Class 1A girls golfers, Boyd has high expectations heading into districts and state.
“I want to place in the top eight this year,” Boyd said at a recent practice at High Cedars Golf Club in Orting.
After transferring to Cascade Christian last year from Puyallup High, Boyd lost her eligibility to play on the varsity squad. Boyd, a New Mexico State signee, was a state-level golfer while playing on the Cougars junior varsity team.
But while she was playing for the JV team her junior year, Boyd’s true colors began to shine. See, there’s this habit Boyd has, as she is one of those people who just wants to help others.
Instead perfecting her craft, Boyd always took the time to help younger girls learn the nuances of the game.
“She’s obviously a very good athlete and a good golfer,” Cascade Christian girls coach Lucy Cole said. “One of the things I appreciate about her when she came back … she was just really encouraging to the other kids. She was willing to take anybody out on the golf course I ask her to, and spend the extra time teaching them.”
This is who Boyd is at the core: Someone who is willing to help others, and may even go as far as seeking others in need.
This past April, Boyd had to do a mission trip as a part of the Cascade Christian curriculum. Last September, Boyd and her boyfriend, Michael Rogers, began planning a trip to Los Angeles.
This wasn’t a Hollywood sort of trip as Boyd and Rogers headed off to Skid Row, a place where the homeless fill the streets and crime is ever-present. It’s a tough environment to jump into, but one Boyd embraced, even if she was tentative at first.
“I was anxious at first because of everything you hear before going there ... it (turned out) to be an amazing experience just to see the level of joy they have there when they really have nothing,” Boyd said. “They have so much to say (about their life), and it makes your problems seem so small compared to theirs.
“It was great to see a different side of the world that people normally don’t get to see.”
A stay at the Los Angeles branch of the Dream Center — a volunteer-driven organization that helps more than 80,000 people — helped the small Cascade Christian group reach out the community as they went about their community service. Having this base made it easier to deliver supplies or food to help families.
“As we went about doing service for the Lord, it was heartwarming to see what simple things like blankets or a meal meant to them,” said Boyd, holding back tears. “You really feel like you’re reaching out to them.”
Sometimes these experience are just that — an experience. But then there are experiences like the one Boyd went through. Sometimes it just takes another set of eyes to see that impact.
“She was really good with the children,” Rogers said. “Any time kids gathered around, she would approach them and get them to open up.”
Rogers said that probably came easy for Boyd due to the time she spends with children for work. It’s just that this goes beyond simply being used to a certain age group. Kindness attracts, and that’s what these children were opening up to.
“She made them feel at ease,” Rogers said.
Now, as Boyd prepares to start her journey to become a golf instructor next fall at New Mexico State, her experience in Los Angeles will be a lasting one, but maybe not the last one.
“I would love to do it again someday,” Boyd said. “I don’t know when that will be, but I want to go out and help others … I loved my time there.”