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2018 CenturyLink High School Athlete of the Week


SPONSORED – During the 2018 Seahawks season, CenturyLink and the Seattle Seahawks will honor WIAA recognized student-athletes that display leadership, passion and dedication both on and off the field. CenturyLink prides itself on the commitment to excellence, positivity, respect, and most importantly, community service. The CenturyLink High School Athlete of the Week program serves to recognize these similar values within student-athletes throughout the region.

Click here to nominate an athlete!

If you know a student dedicated to academics, community involvement, leadership, reliability and athletics, they can be the next Century Link High School Athlete of the Week! Coaches, teachers, parents, peers and community members can nominate student-athletes participating in a WIAA recognized sport during the 2018 calendar year.

WIAA recognized sports include the following: Baseball, Basketball, Cheer, Cross Country, Dance/Drill, Football, Golf, Non-WIAA Water Polo, Girl’s Bowling, Gymnastics, Soccer, Swimming/Diving, Softball, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, and Wrestling.

Each week, CenturyLink executives and Seahawks personnel will select a nominated student who meets or exceeds the criteria. Nominations will be accepted on www.Seahawks.com/highschool from 8/7/2018 to 11/12/2018.

Criteria

•Dedication to Academics
•Community Involvement
•Leadership
•Reliability
•Weekly Athletic Performance

Prizes

1. $1,000 donation to his or her school’s Athletic Department
2. In-school presentation
3. Personalized 2018 Nike Seahawks Jersey
4. Custom Seahawks football
5. Two (2) game tickets + sideline passes to a Seahawks home game
6. Recognition on the HawkVision videoboard
7. Recognition in a Seahawks Game Day Broadcast
8. Weekly KIRO Radio Segments recognizing Winners
9. Recognition on Seahawks.com
10. CenturyLink High School Athlete of the Week Letterman Jacket Patch

WINNERS

Week 10
Name: Joshua Villarino
School: Ballard High School
Graduation Year: 2020 (Junior)
GPA: 3.6
Sport(s): Football, Dance/Drill
Academics
In 8th grade, Josh was diagnosed with a learning disability. It wasn’t until high school that he figured out his best style of learning if both visual and aural. Since then he continues to push himself by taking numerous AP courses and being involved in extracurricular activities.
Passion project, helping 6-8th graders aspiring punting with the supports national kicking camp (Chris Salor, chrissalorkicking.com)
Special Ed, learning disability (football helped- to play needs a certain GPA)
Community
Josh recently volunteered at Sea Fair where he played the drums, guitar and bass with his band for a local non-profit organization. In addition, he is a student pilot and mentor for young pilots in the Red-Tailed Hawks Flying Club. He is also a “Youth Achiever of the Month” Magnolia Magazine recipient and is in the process of putting together a free workshop for youth within his community interested in learning kicking/punting techniques. To learn more about Josh’s accomplishments visit https://joshuavillarino.com.
Athletics
Josh is a kicker for Ballard’s JV football team and is recognized as the type of student not afraid to step out of his comfort zone. He is the first male to join the dance team at Ballard High and together helped the team place during the reginal and state championship.

Week 9
Name: Karen Sullivan
School: Tahoma High School
Graduation Year: 2019 (Senior)
GPA: 3.99
Fall Sport(s): Basketball
Academics
Karen maintains a 3.99 GPA and is enrolled in numerous AP courses. She is also a recipient of the AP Scholar Award, honored to students who demonstrate outstanding college-level achievement through their performance in AP exams and courses. This summer, Karen was chosen to attend the University of Washington’s Women’s Leadership Summit.
Community
Karen is Senior class Treasurer, Future Business Leaders of America President, Gender Empowerment and Equality President and a member of National Honor Society. She also volunteers at the Maple Valley Food Bank, the Bellevue Mile police community event and at senior living events within her community.
Athletics
Karen has been team captain for the freshmen, JV and this year, varsity basketball team at Tahoma High. She is recognized on and off the court at being tenacious, ambitious and compassionate.

Week 8
Name: Andrew Carr
School: Lynnwood High School
Graduation Year: 2019 (Senior)
GPA: 3.92
Sport(s): Swim
Academics
Andrew maintains a 3.92 GPA and is recognized by his coach by being the type of teammate who encourages those around him to push themselves to the best of their ability. After college, Andrew hopes to pursue a career in Aerospace engineering.
Community
Andrew is the vice president of his school and volunteers at the girl’s swim team meets. He also is a youth camp counselor and spends time volunteering at his church’s youth group.
Athletics
Andrew is recognized by his coach as one of the prominent leaders on the team and a great example for younger players. He is team captain and has played a vital part in recruiting younger players to make the swim team what it is today. He is also a Football trainer and team manager.

Week 7
Name: Rosalie Fish
School: Muckleshoot Tribal School
Graduation Year: 2019 (Senior)
GPA: 3.61
Sport(s): Cross-country, Basketball, Soccer, Cheer, Track
Academics
Rosalie is recognized by her principal as a student that is always looking for opportunities to learn. She is enrolled in more than enough credits to graduate and is also a running start student at Green River College. This summer, she studied in an educational program through Stanford University. There she educated other students about Native American traditions and culture through writing. Rosalie also is working to receive her private pilot license. After college she hopes to pursue a career in aviation.
Community
Rosalie is a student representative for the American Indian Science and Engineering Society; a national non-profit organization focused on substantially increasing the representation of Native Americans in STEM education. She is also a member of the Muckleshoot Canoe Family and represents her tribe at many community events across the region. At Green River College, she is President of the Native American Club and works to expand membership the club to other students in her community.
Athletics
Rosalie is captain of her cross-country and track team and co-captain of her cheer team. This past spring, she won the 1b state championship in the mile, and took 2nd in the two mile. Rosalie has qualified for state in track every year she has participated, and in cross-country, she is currently ranked 3rd in the state. She is described by her principal as an emotional leader on and off the court on all sports teams she’s a part of.

Week 6
Name: Gabriel Hawthorne
School: White River High School
Graduation Year: 2020 (Junior)
GPA: 3.99
Sport(s): Wrestling
Academics
Gabe is enrolled in running start and is on track to graduate high school with an Associate of Arts degree in chemistry and biology. Sophomore year he attended the Naval Academy STEM Program and this summer, Gabe was one of two hundred students chosen to attend the Marine Corps Character Development and Leadership Academy.
Community
Gabe has dedicated over two hundred hours coaching and mentoring new and beginner wrestlers at the white river wrestling club. He also volunteers at the White River Community Program, a kids club organization dedicated to providing safe and affordable before and after school care for children.
Athletics
Gabe is one of two wrestlers who achieved a state title last year in wrestling and helped lead his team to an all-time high, point scoring championship.

Week 5
Name: Jose Gandara
School: Shorewood High School
Graduation Year: 2019 (Senior)
GPA: 4.0
Sport(s): Cross Country, Track & Field, Cheer
Academics
Jose carries a 4.0 GPA and is enrolled in multiple AP courses. His AP Calculus teacher describes him as the type of student who is always willing to help those around him while also constantly looking to grow his understanding of the material.
Community
Jose volunteers with state governing officials. He also is a volunteer for YoungLife, a community outreach organization dedicated to youth initiatives around the world. This past summer, Jose volunteered at a YoungLife Camp serving on Work Crew for a month. There he was a server in the dining hall and was responsible for serving 400 campers their meals for the month.
Athletics
Jose is cross country team captain. This past summer he helped organize a team community building weekend retreat at Camp Casey. There he planned games, skits, team and goal setting activities. During season he leads warmups and organizes outreach efforts to incoming freshmen and new teammates.

Week 4
Name: Leif Whalen
School: Kingston High School
Graduation Year: 2019 (Senior)
GPA: 4.0
Sport(s): Football, Baseball & Swim
Academics
Throughout high school Leif’s taken the maximum number of AP classes and has maintained a 4.0 GPA. He is currently in the top 1% of his graduating class and his goal is to attend Military Service Academy next year.
Community
Leif is a member of National Honor Society, works at his local food bank kitchen and participates in community cleanup and enhancement efforts. He is also Senator for ASB and has goals to unify the school and raise school spirit. Each summer, Leif volunteers at Kingston Youth Football Camp and through a local foundation, reads and mentors elementary school children.
Athletics
Despite being injured the second game of this season likely out for the remainder of the football season, he continues to lead his team as Captain attending every practice and game, functioning in the capacity of coaching assistant for the Junior Varsity squad. Each year he is recognized by his coaches for his strong work ethic and dedication.

Week 3
Name: Andrea Harteloo
School: South Kitsap High School
Graduation Year: 2019
GPA: 3.9
Sport: Volleyball, Track
Academics
Andrea takes AP classes and maintains a 3.9 cumulative GPA. In addition, she was accepted into the Washington Aerospace Scholar (WAS) Program, a 5-credit UW online course sponsored by the Museum of Flight and Boeing for high school juniors. Within the program, she interned at the Museum of Flight this past summer and helped design a mission to Mars. She hopes to major in engineering in college.
Community
Andrea volunteers at the Kitsap Humane Society to help find foster homes for animals. In the last three weeks she took care of two sick kittens that were malnourished. She gave them medicine and brought them back to health and now they are ready for adoption.
Athletics
Andrea is a second-year starter for her Varsity volleyball team. She also has lettered her last three years in varsity track and participated on the Thrillers Track and Field Club last Summer.

Week 2
Name: Makenna Thomas
School: Liberty High School
Graduation Year: 2021 (Sophomore)
GPA: 4.0
Sport: Cheer
Academics
In February Makenna was diagnosed with brain cancer and forced to stay home to complete school for the remainder of the year. Since then, Makenna underwent two surgeries on her spine and 6 weeks of radiation. With help from school counselors, tutors and teachers, Makenna was able to complete the school year with a 4.0.
Community
Though still recovering, Makenna has used her experiences as motivation to give back. She is currently working with Seattle Children’s Hospital to raise money for those in need as they have been instrumental in giving her back the gift of life. She is an active member in her school’s leadership team and volunteers at local food banks, the Boys and Girls Club, and Lifewire, a local charity for domestic violence.
Athletics
Makenna was on the cheer team last year and tried out again shortly after finishing radiation. She is now a member of the Varsity squad and regardless of her medical setbacks, makes it to every required game, every week. She is described by her school counselor as “a great example for other students when it comes to leadership and reliability.”

Week 1
Name: Molly Johnston
School: Elma High School
Graduation Year: 2019 (Senior)
GPA: 4.0
Fall Sport(s): Soccer, Basketball, Fastpitch
Academics
Molly is dedicated to her academics and often stays late after school to get extra help when needed. In addition to maintaining a 4.0 GPA, she’s National Honor Society President and a member of ASB.
Community
Molly participates in the Little dribblers program, where the high school basketball players coach 50+ elementary school kids. She also helps at fastpitch clinics and umpires for the Elma youth softball league.
Athletics
Molly’s coach describes her as “one of the most selfless, kind, and hardest working players you’ll find.” She is a natural leader and was captain of her soccer, fastpitch and basketball team as a Junior. Last year, she helped lead her fastpitch team to the state championship, as well as a state appearance in soccer.

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