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2015 Students of Distinction: Camille Walther

Camille Walther is a well-rounded individual who has been described as a dedicated athlete, accomplished artist and an exemplary student. Ranked No. 9 academically, she has maintained a nearly perfect GPA while balancing a full schedule that includes sports and community service.

She started out high school being shy and not very involved, but has become a different person, she said.

“I’ve been growing a lot and I have figured out how to interact with people better, thanks to the people I’ve met and the amazing teachers,” she said.

Walther has benefited a lot from athletics and enjoys the team aspect of cross-country and track teams. Peninsula coach Joel Wingard said she’s one of the most dedicated student athletes whom he’s coached in his 45-year career.

“Through her dedication and hard work, she has earned the respect of her peers and become an important leader on our teams,” Wingard said.

She has taken nine AP and Honors classes, and said it’s been easy to put effort into academics because she enjoys school.

“Camille is exceptional in many ways: She is intelligent, motivated, compassionate and responsible,” said English teacher Kimberly Napier. “Camille is motivated and posses a mature work ethic.”

One of her passions is art, and she uses different media — from painting to ink — to express herself.

She has designed logos and T-shirts for her cross-country and track teams, among other things.

Community service has been a major focus for Walther. She has been a member of several clubs, including Interact and National Honor Society, and has volunteered for Race for a Soldier, Relay for Life, Rotary Club and others.

She was selected to participate in a trip to Peru with the Interact Club, which is sponsored by the Gig Harbor Morning Rotary Club. During the trip, the students installed computers for a school in need.

“It was a weeklong program in which Camille’s hard work and dedication to complete the project was highly needed,” said Rotarian and Interact Club adviser John Winslow. “She is understated, humble, a good listener, friendly and welcoming.”

Walther has not decided on a college yet but plans to double major in fine arts and political science.

She hopes to pursue a career in law.

“It would be something where I could make a difference in the world,” she said. “There are a lot of directions where I can take it.”