Student Spotlight for Dec. 1

lpemberton@theolympian.comDecember 1, 2013 

Student Spotlight: Eric David Sundberg

Age: 17.

School: River Ridge High School in Lacey.

Parents: Mark and Susan Sundberg.

Best personal achievement: Placing 20th in 2013 WIAA state swimming and diving championships for the 500-meter freestyle.

How I spend my time: Applying for colleges, doing homework and going to various activities that I’m involved in such as Boy Scouts (of which I am an Eagle Scout and Junior Assistant Scoutmaster), church youth group (where I play drums on the worship team), and sleeping (when I have the chance).

Favorite subjects: Math/calculus.

Favorite movie: “Inception” because of how the plot twists and turns intricately.

Favorite book: “The War in Heaven” by Kenneth Ziegler.

Dream job: Video game designer for Nintendo or Square Enix, or building Lego sets for Legoland.

Someone I respect: River Ridge band director John Theine because he puts in a 95-hour week on average, starting at about 3 a.m. (not exaggerating!). He puts in so much time for the benefit of the band students.

The hardest part of being a student is: Having all six of your teachers forget that you have five other classes and each dump a couple of hours of homework on you.

My ambitions or career aspirations include: Math, engineering, computers and programming.

Someone famous I’d like to meet: Air 1 radio host Brant Hansen.

Someday, looking back on my life, I’ll be able to say: “I lived my life with abandon.” That’s based on lyrics in a song by the Newsboys.

Biggest challenge facing teenagers today: Peer pressure because teenagers these days want to fit in, and the responses they get from other teenagers about their own choices are dictating their lives.

One thing in the world I would change if I could: People’s animosity toward each other. This would end many conflicts, on both individual and world scales.

Nominated by: Math teacher George Christoph, who wrote, “Eric scored 5 on the Advanced Placement (AP) calculus exam as a junior. As a sophomore, he earned 5 credits at the University of Washington for pre-calculus. This year he is taking two AP classes. He is a member of the school’s math club and as a member he qualified for the national finals the last two years. Eric has donated countless hours in service to the school’s tutoring center. This summer he earned the rank of Eagle Scout.”

To nominate a ninth- to 12th-grade student for Student Spotlight, email the following information to, fax it to 360-357-0202, or mail it to The Olympian, 111 Bethel St. NE, Olympia, Washington 98506, attention Lisa Pemberton. Selected students must submit a photograph and fill out a questionnaire. Provide the student’s name, age, grade, school name, telephone number and/or email; a quote about the student from a school staff member; and the name and contact information of the nominator.

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