2024 Students of Distinction

Charlie Kloepfel prioritizes service and leadership

Posted on May 9th, 2024 By:

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.

Charlie Kloepfel 

School: Henderson Bay High School 

Category: Community Service 

Charlie Kloepfel, a distinguished student from Henderson Bay High School, embodies the spirit of community service, leadership and inclusivity. With a heart dedicated to making a difference, Charlie’s contributions extend far beyond the walls of the classroom, leaving a lasting impact. 

Charlie Kloepfel

Leading with compassion and purpose 

As the ASB president and president of the People for Inclusivity (PI) club, Charlie demonstrates exceptional leadership qualities and a deep commitment to fostering a supportive and inclusive school community.

Under his guidance, these organizations have flourished, promoting unity, understanding and empathy among students. Charlie’s favorite teacher, Emily, serves as a guiding force, instilling in him a sense of responsibility and a drive to always strive for excellence. 

Cherishing the high school experience 

Reflecting on his time at Henderson Bay High School, Charlie highlights the welcoming and supportive environment that defines his school community. He appreciates the culture of kindness and collaboration, where students are encouraged to lift each other up and make a positive difference in the world. 

Future plans and continued service 

After graduating from high school, Charlie plans to take a gap year dedicated to furthering his commitment to community service, exploring new places through travel, and gaining work experience. His involvement in various community service activities, including volunteering with the Scouts, the Haunted Forest of Maple Valley, the Tacoma Humane Society, and the Interact club, underscores his dedication to making a difference in the lives of others. Additionally, Charlie’s service trip to Guatemala this semester exemplifies his dedication to serving communities in need, both locally and globally. 

Charlie Kloepfel 

Category: Community Service 

Parents: Melanie Walton

Achievements/Activities: ASB President; People for Inclusivity President; Certificate of Academic Excellency; Student of the month award; Distinguished Service Citation from Rotary NW Midday.

Favorite Teacher:My favorite teacher is Emily, my Leadership teacher. She is very kind and caring but she won’t tolerate laziness and always pushes me and my classmates to do our best.” 

Best thing about high school: “The best thing about my high school is the environment.  I love that most everyone always wants to help each other and be kind!”