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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 from 8/7/2018 to 11/12/2018.


•Dedication to Academics
•Community Involvement
•Weekly Athletic Performance


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
10. CenturyLink High School Athlete of the Week Letterman Jacket Patch


Week 5
Name: Jose Gandara
School: Shorewood High School
Graduation Year: 2019 (Senior)
GPA: 4.0
Sport(s): Cross Country, Track & Field, Cheer
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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 1Name: Molly Johnston
School: Elma High School
Graduation Year: 2019 (Senior)
GPA: 4.0
Fall Sport(s): Soccer, Basketball, Fastpitch
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.
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.
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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