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2015 Students of Distinction: Ricci Seguban

Ricci Seguban has been described as a determined and disciplined student whose academic excellence is at the top of her class. She has not only maintained an excellent GPA while taking rigorous classes but has also kept a full schedule that includes athletics and community service activities.

Focusing on her passion for sciences and math, she has participated in many STEM extracurricular and summer activities, from the Washington Aeroscholars Program and UW-Tacoma’s Math Science Leadership Summer Program to the school’s STEM Club and Technology Student Association competitions.

“Ricci’s academic endeavors are phenomenal,” said Joe Marten, technology education teacher at Gig Harbor High. “She has high expectations of herself and others.”

As a student at Goodman Middle School, Seguban cultivated an interest in sciences and technology by participating in an ROV (remote operating vehicles) club.

“I found my interest in that club. It really opened my perspective of the field,” she said.

She wanted to give other middle school girls the same opportunities. So she launched a technology club at Goodman to help girls become more comfortable with technology and engineering. A team from the Goodman club will be competing alongside the Gig Harbor High team at a state competition.

Seguban began to swim at the YMCA when she was 4 years old, developing a lifelong passion. In eighth grade, she joined the Y’s swim team, then the Gig Harbor swim and dive team as a freshman.

“I learned that I really like competing against the clock and pushing myself,” she said.

She later became a volunteer swim team coach at the Y and then a paid lifeguard.

“I really like to focus on giving back. I was able to take my love of swimming and help others,” she said of her coaching.

Her volunteer commitments included serving as co-vice president and president of the school’s Reach/WAYS Club and secretary of the STEM Club, as well as volunteering at her church. She received a varsity letter in community service for her efforts.

“Ricci lives a life of leadership through the choices she makes,” GHHS mathematics teacher Phyllis Payne said. “She is a trustworthy world-changer by her humble, quiet leadership style.”

Seguban plans to study chemical engineering with the goal of doing research in the field. She has been accepted to several universities including Texas A&M, which she hopes to attend.