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2015 Students of Distinction: Hunter Werner

Hunter Werner is a top scholar and athlete who’s demonstrated leadership both in the classroom and on the field. Ranked No. 1 academically, he’s maintained a perfect GPA despite a busy sports schedule.

Werner said it was athletics that helped him develop a strong work ethic that has helped him in school.

“In my family and in sports, there’s always been a competitive atmosphere so you beat not others but yourself to become better every day,” he said.

He started playing soccer at 4, followed by baseball at age 6 and football in third grade. In high school, he’s been part of the football, baseball and basketball teams.

“I like competing and I like doing it with friends — I enjoy the team bond,” he said.

GHHS football coach Aaron Chantler said Werner overcame a streak of injuries, pushing through and getting better where other athletes would have given up.

“Hunter always played with energy and passion, and his teammates fed off that,” Chantler said. “He would run around the field pushing himself and his teammates to give their best efforts.”

As one of the team’s four captains, Werner wasn’t afraid to make difficult but unpopular decisions.

“He (took) it upon himself to be the leader of the team and to show everyone the right way to do things without fear of it being an ‘unpopular’ thing to do,” Chantler said. “The players looked up to him and followed him without hesitation.”

Werner also used sports to give back. After playing with Gig Harbor Little League for six years, he became involved as a volunteer, helping with projects and serving on the board.

For Werner, the highest achievement of his high school career is his 4.0 GPA. He said it’s a culmination of all his hard work while taking challenging classes and managing his sports schedule.

“Even as a ninth-grader, Hunter showed unusual maturity and became a class leader,” said Chris Coovert, his world cultures and economics teacher. “He … consistently pushed his classmates to do their best.”

Werner enjoys math and economics subjects the most, especially the ability to apply concepts to everyday life. In middle school, he won the Washington state stock market game. His high school team placed in the top five in the game, as well as in the top 10 in Washington in the Economics Challenge competition.

He plans to study business finance or international business in college but has not decided on a college yet. His goal is to pursue a career in investment management.