Auburn High School’s Gavin Strojan and Leila Lewis stood out, in and out of the classroom. ROBERT WHALE, Auburn Reporter

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A listing of the activities Leila Lewis has been involved in during her years at Auburn High School is enough to make you talk to yourself.

Like whoa, how did one kid do all that?

That is, besides having loaded her schedule with advanced, brain-bending classes like AP calculus, she sang in jazz choir, swam, was on the water polo team and on the annual staff, was a spirit ambassador for the associated student body, was secretary and treasurer for the school’s chapter of the National Honor Society and was a member of Troy Crew.

She has been a Girl Scout since kindergarten, teaches Sunday School at St. John the Baptist in Covington, has been involved with Young Life and recently was co-coordinator of a Ladies in Leadership Conference.

And this Sunday she graduates with a 4.0 GPA.

Yet, there she is, easy laughter, ready smile, dimpled, personable, not a line of worry or stress on her 17-year-old face.

“Everything I do, I enjoy, so that makes it a little bit easier to manage it and find the time,” Lewis said with a smile. “It isn’t just extracurricular credit, it’s for fun because I’m interested in it.”

One thing that reassures you, if reassurance is your gig, that Lewis is mortal: a voice strained by leading too many songs and chants as a rover for the sixth-grade set at Camp Auburn in Ravensdale last week.

Lewis is headed for Gonzaga this fall, to get, she says, a “general university education” before she goes on to specialize in speech therapy. A close friend at AHS with cerebral palsy, with whom she has been attending the girl’s speech therapy appointments since second grade, inspired her career choice.

In her free time, Lewis likes to play piano, play with friends and siblings and pal around with her dog.

‘All-American kid’

When Gavin Strojan enters a room, your tongue nearly snaps in reflex, ‘Wow, here comes the All-American kid.’

Clean cut, muscular, bright, chipper and friendly works in the garden section at Home Depot in Covington.

A triple letterman in basketball — his favorite sport — and in soccer and football, Strojan was co-captain of this year’s varsity football squad.

“Sports has been a huge thing in my life,” Strojan explained. “My dad coached basketball at Highline so I was always around the teams, and my dad and grandpa both played in college. At our house, there’s almost always a TV on with basketball.”

Off the field and court, Strojan is ASB vice president, a member of Troy Crew, and was for the first time this school year a member of the DECA club. He took third in state this school year at a sports management competition and competed at internationals in California.

“It was awesome,” Strojan said of the international competition.

His two favorite things — sports and school. He graduates with a 3.83 GPA.

His favorite class? The answer tumbles out almost before you’ve finished asking.

“History, history, history” Strojan said.

American history, world history, you name it, guy’s crazy about it.

This fall Strojan attends Eastern Washington University in Cheney to major in history or education.

“I want to be a history teacher. Both my parents were teachers, my grandmother was a teacher, my great grandmother was a teacher. It’s kind of the family business. So I’m going right back to school. I want to be a role model for kids. I want to inspire kids like some of the teachers I’ve had have inspired me, and give back in a way,” Strojan said.

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