2024 Students of Distinction

Cami Anderson a beacon of versatility and talent

Posted on May 9th, 2024 By: Peter Kern

Gig Harbor Now is posting profiles featuring the Students of Distinction being honored by the Greater Gig Harbor Foundation. These students will be celebrated during a banquet from 6 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, May 15, 2024, at Ocean5, 5268 Point Fosdick Dr.

Campbell (Cami) Anderson

School: Gig Harbor High School

Category: Arts, Music and Drama Achievement

Versatility is one of those rare gifts that everyone aspires to but that few can attain, let alone achieve early on. Whether we are remarking upon a star athlete holding multiple roles at once or an actor shifting deftly between Shakespearean drama and modern art house, there is a magnetism inherent in the act which defies explanation and invites respect.

Gig Harbor High School senior Cami Anderson most certainly is imbued with this knack for change, and her time at Gig Harbor proves that.

Cami Anderson

Embracing change and thriving on stage

Starting out as a goalie, a role that offered her numerous chances to display her athleticism and toughness, Cami made the decision that few would have considered natural, and even fewer would have tried themselves – she committed to drama instead. Not only did she expertly manage this daunting transition, but she absolutely thrived, displaying her prowess for the stage and the arts.

Multifaceted artist

While also trained in the piano and voice for, as she puts it, “most of my life,” Cami is a capable artist who can take on roles as diverse as sweet but sickly Beth March from “Little Women” to the imperiously ill-tempered Queen of Hearts from “Alice in Wonderland.” Her commitment to the arts does not just come from a place of training, but also a place of profound contentedness and a feeling of belonging.

A future defined by creativity and vision

As she prepares to embark on the next chapter of her journey at George Fox University in Oregon, Cami sets her sights on a future brimming with possibility and promise. With aspirations to pursue studies in graphic design and English, she aspires to carve a path as a creative director, harnessing her boundless imagination and artistic prowess to shape narratives and inspire audiences.

Campbell (Cami) Anderson

Category: Music, Arts, and Drama Achievement

Parents: Lisa and Vance Anderson

Achievements/Activities: JV Soccer; JV Lacrosse Junior; “Breaking Down the Walls” leadership workshop; Young Life Leader; AP Scholar Award; National Honor Society; Seahawk “Pride” Award (PHS); Spanish Ambassador; “Night to Shine” volunteer; Vacation Bible School volunteer; TideFest volunteer; Drama Board

Favorite Teacher: “My favorite teacher was Mr. Whitesell, and my appreciation for him stems from his ability to inspire within me a love for a subject. While retired now, Mr. Whitesell created my favorite classroom, patchworked with art, photos, posters and cards. Although my favorite classroom may look different now, I won’t ever forget those once-patchworked walls and the unassuming teacher who lit a spark in my life.”

Best thing about high school: “At Gig Harbor High School, I have been encouraged to fully embrace my inquisitive nature and explore my interest in a wide range of subjects, and I believe that is the best thing about my high school. GHHS has given me confidence that makes me want to pursue my creativity in the future. I am grateful for those experiences which have shaped me into who I am and what I want to do in my future.”