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Payton Gunhus | Seattle Christian
 10/2/2014

Author: Payton Gunhus
Grade: Junior
School: Seattle Christian
Mascot: Warriors
League: Nisqually
Classification: 1A
  

 
The Seattle Christian Commitment to Excellence

"Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best you are capable of becoming." - John Wooden

The Seattle Christian Warriors have a long history of athletic competitive excellence. The athletic program at Seattle Christian is designed to improve the spiritual, mental, physical and emotional happiness of all athletes by providing a competitive environment that develops lifelong habits and values. I have been at Seattle Christian since the third grade and I have thrown myself out there. Whether it’s participating in elementary kick ball tournaments or now being captain of the basketball team, Seattle Christian has put me in an environment of opportunity. It has given me the chance to be who I want to be and do what I want to do, but has also taught me lifelong lessons along the way. During my time at Seattle Christian, I've gained valuable lessons in sportsmanship, perseverance, integrity, self-discipline, commitment, and teamwork.  Year after year, those things make Seattle Christian individuals successful, and turn our teams into champions.

 
Abi Kim - Seattle Christian '16
One person who shows many of these characteristics is my fellow classmate, junior, Abi Kim. Abi won first place in the 100m, 200m, and long jump as a freshman, breaking our school records on all three of those events.  Then, this past year, she re-broke those records and won first place in all three again. Abi already verbally committed to Cal Berkley as a sophomore on a full ride. For Seattle Christian, this is a great achievement because we are a very small school and don’t see many athletes like Abi. Abi also was the leading scorer of the soccer team her freshman year, leading them to a 2nd place finish at State. Having Abi as a classmate is cool because she is very outgoing and has great leadership abilities. I love seeing Abi around the halls because she’s not only that great athlete that people look up too, but is one of the nicest girls I know. Abi is always making jokes and enjoying those around her, which makes me aspire to be like her.

Another student I would like to share about that has these habits and values is a girl named Katie Collier. Katie graduated from Seattle Christian in 2012. She started varsity basketball all four years of high school and is our school's all-time leading scorer. Katie was rated the 22nd overall recruit for 2012 according to ESPN HoopGurlz, and the fifth-best at her position (center). Katie was named the first McDonald's All-American selected in Washington women's basketball history. Although Katie was an amazing basketball player and contributer to our team, in 2011 Katie was diagnosed with acute promyelocytic leukemia.
Katie Collier - Seattle Christian '12
Katie found out this news after waking up with a pillow full of blood while she had been visiting the UW. This was a true miracle because Katie was across the street from one of the best hospitals in Washington. After a few months of chemotherapy, Katie was cancer free, and ended up playing 18 basketball games that season, which was her senior year. She is now playing basketball for the University of Washington has played in about 32 games as a sophomore. Katie not only motivated people by the way she played on the court, but also by the way she never gave up. Katie was able to keep calm and have strength in the Lord in the dreadful months of her cancer, which has not only inspired Seattle Christian, but has inspired athletes all over the state.

I offer these two athletes as representations not only of their great success at Seattle Christian, but also of the inspiration and encouragement they have given me and my fellow students. Seattle Christian is a school full of great athletes with great stories, but the way that Seattle Christian comes together, shows the unity we have. I believe that good athletes come from even better communities, and that is exactly what Abi and Katie had.


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