School: Northwest Christian High School in Lacey.
Parents: Tad and Katherine Sowers.
Best personal achievement: Being part of a wonderful cross country team that has won state seven years in a row. I have been part of it for four years.
How I spend my time: I spend a lot of my time doing sports, but I also love going to church and spending quality time with my friends and family.
Favorite subjects: Definitely history. It’s so interesting reading about real people and their stories and how they affected the way the world is today. Culinary arts is fun, too.
Favorite movie: “Les Miserables,” the nonmusical and musical versions.
Favorite book: Bible.
Dream job: I really want to own my own bakery and cafe someday.
Someone I respect: My dad. He’s really wise, seems to have an answer for everything, can do a lot of cool stuff and has lived most of his life serving God and other people.
The hardest part of being a student is: Balancing all your schoolwork and activities so that you can get enough sleep.
My ambitions or career aspirations include: Going to a four-year university where I will hopefully run track and get a business degree.
Someone famous I would like to meet: Charles Darwin. I would try to change his mind about a few things by providing him with some pretty solid evidence that’s been discovered.
Someday, looking back on my life, I’ll be able to say: “My life was about laughing and loving while living. I put God first, others second and myself last.”
Biggest challenge facing teenagers today: Our culture is constantly telling people they have to look or be a certain way. It’s really challenging for most teenagers to be who they truly are and realize that they were made the way they are for a special purpose.
One thing in the world I would change if I could: The way so many people groups are being persecuted around the world because of their religion or cultural differences.
Nominated by: Science teacher Norm Nielsen, who wrote, “Allison Sowers is a gifted scholar, versatile high school athlete, and willing community servant. Allison carries a high grade point average, serves as ASB secretary and president of the National Honors Society, plays basketball, runs cross country and competes in multiple track events. Allison also has taken summer mission trips to Poland and Mexico and serves at City Gates ministry here in Olympia. ... This talented young lady has all the ability and focus needed to succeed at whatever she chooses.”
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