Garrett Kalt is a senior at Churchill County High School. His stellar performance in a number of Advanced Placement classes has earned him a weighted GPA of 5.01. When the 18-year-old is not buried in his books, you will find him rallying crowds and improving school spirit as the school's Student Body President. "I feel like it's a way I can implement positive change in my school and community."
In fact, Garrett's leadership skills off-campus have already helped hundreds of people thousands of miles away. Late last year, he organized a clothing drive for victims of Typhoon Haiyan. "I helped lead our school and our community in collecting 400 bags of clothing to ship to the Philippines."
Garrett is a member of the National Honors Society, a varsity tennis player and part of the Future Business Leaders of America. As if his resume isn't impressive enough, just this past month Garrett added one more accomplishment to his list. "I just couldn't believe it!" Garrett spent a week studying the goings-on behind the scenes of our nation's capital. The Hearst Foundation awards scholarships to outstanding students across the country and along with the monetary gifts, the recipients also earned a week-long trip to D.C. Garrett was just one of two Nevadans selected to be part of the highly-competitive United States Senate Youth Program.
The life-long Nevadan has some pretty special photos from his one-in-a-lifetime trip. You can barely see him in the one picture that he is most proud of, however. "I'm right in here. You can't really see me." But you can see President Obama. The Commander-in-Chief paid the future leaders a special visit during their trip. "Parts of his speech I don't even remember because it's just like, wow, the President is like five-feet away from me!"
Garrett also met cabinet members and appointed leaders. He also spent a lot of time analyzing how politics work. He returned home with a renewed spirit to lead, to make a difference and with an appreciation for the rewards that accompany hard work. "Just seeing the senators and all the monuments and even the President of the United States, it was just a huge opportunity."
Garrett was just accepted into an honors program at Washington State University, where he hopes to double major in Political Science and Broadcast Journalism.