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2015 Students of Distinction: Nikala Bond

Nikala Bond is a top scholar who has pursued several passions. A talented artist, she has been involved in various artistic endeavors while also volunteering time for projects related to animals and the environment.

Bond began drawing as soon as she learned to hold a pencil. In high school, she has taken multiple art classes and has been an instrumental part of the school’s Art Club, including serving as president for two years.

“Drawing helps me relax and feel more balanced,” she said.

Her preferred medium is digital drawing and painting. Bond has even sold commissioned work via online markets.

“Nikki has thrived despite a childhood of adversity. I have watched her mature from a shy little girl to a strong, independent leader,” said Christine Burris, PHS arts teacher and Art Club adviser. “She is simply amazing.”

Bond’s passion for the environment has led her to become involved with the school’s Environmental Club and to participate in regular road clean-ups. She has also been active with the school’s Gay Straight Alliance, helping all students feel accepted at the school.

She has contributed more than 400 hours of volunteer service to the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium as an educational interpreter and summer camp assistant. The zoo’s education staff selected her as the outstanding interpreter of the year in summer 2014.

“She is passionate about helping the zoo and the animals of the world, and did a wonderful job engaging visitors of all ages and relaying her passion to them,” said Alex Nicely, youth volunteer coordinator at Point Defiance Zoo. “She is one of our most reliable and responsible youth volunteers.”

Her busy schedule has included leadership positions in several clubs, and she has been described as a natural leader.

Bond has maintained a near-perfect GPA and considers an A-minus a disappointing grade.

“She accepts nothing less than her personal best in any class,” ASL instructor Virginia Ayarza said. “She displays the ability to see globally in many areas of life, including larger cultural and social issues.”

Bond has gone through some family struggles and is proud to have overcome her challenges.

“I’ve been very self-motivated. I never let myself down and kept going,” she said.

While she’s still solidifying her career path, Bond plans to pursue her interest in art. One idea is majoring in animation at the Northwest College of Art and Design.

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