Ben Bagley is Ferndale Kiwanis Student of the Month for December. Ben is a senior at Ferndale High School where he maintains a 3.85 grade point average. Ben is a busy student and a busy member of our community.
Academically, Ben is enrolled in Honor and AP classes. He’s participated in the school play the past three years and is looking forward to this year’s production. As a sophomore, he was class president. Ben is also the school’s student representative on the Ferndale School Board for 2016-2017. In this role, he advocates for students and gives them a voice in matters of the district. Last year, Ben formed the school’s Ping Pong Club. The club has anywhere from 10-20 members active each Friday at the club.
This past summer, as part of the Advanced Spanish Class, he spent two weeks in Nicaragua. The first week was spent in school attending classes and learning Spanish. The next week was spent experiencing the culture of the country in Grenada and Costa Rica. Also, this past summer, he attended Evergreen Boys’ State. Boys’ State allows high school juniors to form and simulate government entities. Ben was elected sheriff of his county. His county was voted “most outstanding.”
Ben is very involved in his community. He is on many committees and serves in leadership roles. He has been a volunteer with the Ferndale Heritage Society for the 14 years. He has coached youth soccer. He is an alter assistant for St. Joseph’s Church and he sings with the Mt. Baker Toppers. Each year, in the spring, he serves as a superintendent at the Whatcom County Youth Fair held in Lynden. There he instructs classes in business to students ages 7-17.
During Ben’s sophomore year, he teamed up with Ryan England to form S.H.I.F.T.: Sustainable Healthy Informational Friendships Thrive. S.H.I.F.T. works to provide fresh sustainable food to those in need. It also inspires youth to realize what they have and how they can give back to their community. Ben plans to continue his work with S.H.I.F.T. by taking the concepts built in Ferndale to other communities around our nation.
Ben is a lover of music. He was honored as one of the top tenors in the state of Washington last year at the All State Choir Contest. This year, he continues his participation in choir.
His most influential person is Ferndale High School Principal Jeff Gardner. Ben admires how Mr. Gardner has joined Ferndale’s team and is pushing a positive agenda forward at the high school.
One of the things Ben sees that the community can improve upon is communication. He said, “instead of ‘telling’ people the story, ‘show’ them the story. It’s important that the community’s governing body communicate with and involve its citizens.”
When Ben does have a little down time, he retreats to a room in his basement and plays video games.
After high school, Ben hopes to study at the University of Southern California, to pursue a degree in journalism. His career goal is to be a sportswriter. He loves to write and he loves sports, so what better profession to enter that will satisfy both of these.
Thank you, Ben, for all that you do for our community! You are awesome!
Thank you to Kiwanis for supporting our students!
For more information:
Ferndale HIgh School Jeff Gardner, 360.383.9243, firstname.lastname@example.org
Director of Communication Tammy Bengen, 383.9207, email@example.com