Student of the Week: Gretchen Pauli

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Student of the Week: Gretchen Pauli

Gretchen next to the 2017-2018 school year student art week poster, featuring one of her paintings.

Gretchen next to the 2017-2018 school year student art week poster, featuring one of her paintings.

Gretchen next to the 2017-2018 school year student art week poster, featuring one of her paintings.

Gretchen next to the 2017-2018 school year student art week poster, featuring one of her paintings.

Reilly Smith, Staff Reporter

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Sophomore Gretchen Pauli balances schoolwork, art, sports, and her social life, all while maintaining a GPA of 3.972 so far this semester.

Gretchen is a dedicated and hardworking student, who said that her friends are a big part of her life and she does her best to surround herself with positive people.

This year, Gretchen is taking two honors or advanced classes: Honors English 2 and Advanced 2D Art.

Gretchen also participates in multiple extracurricular activities. She competes in track and field, and is a part of the La Salle cheer team.

In addition to these extracurriculars, she also particularly enjoys art and said, “I’ve been drawing, painting, and coloring since I was a very young child; I have just grown up with a passion for it.” Over the summer, Gretchen entered several pieces of art in Oregon state and county fairs.

“[My art] did super [well] at the county fair,” she said. “I won grand champion for the mixed media category… I was [also] fortunate enough to win champions with several pieces of my art at the state level.”

Outside of sports, Gretchen is an active member of 4-H, an organization that aims to engage youth and help them reach their goals in their fields of study. She usually works directly with people within her community.

Gretchen’s favorite class is art, as she grew up with a passion for drawing and painting. She said that she doesn’t have a least favorite subject, but her most challenging subject is Spanish.

At home, she also enjoys playing with her rabbit, Ruby, and playing the mandolin.

After she graduates from La Salle, she is considering entering the field of art, law, or architecture.