This week’s Summit Award winner is Caleb Hoopes. Hoopes is involved in various activities in and out of the classroom. Hoopes’ interests include science-related classes, baseball, hiking and fly fishing. Hoopes is the son of Kendal and Lenore Hoopes.

Hoopes, a Sheridan High School senior, maintains a cumulative GPA of 4.00. He received academic letters his freshman, sophomore and junior years. During high school, Hoopes’ class load has included nine Advanced Placement classes in psychology, U.S. history, chemistry, government and politics, statistics, biology, calculus, English literature and environmental science. Other classes taken during his senior year include weight training, human anatomy and physiology, physics and careers.  Chemistry is his favorite subject. Hoopes enjoys learning what others have discovered while using chemistry and likes the logical thought process associated with it.

Hoopes also keeps busy as a member of the National Honor Society, Academic Challenge, Model United Nations and is the class treasurer for Student Council. His activities outside school include being active in his youth group at church, volunteering at Bountiful Baskets and  playing baseball.

Throughout high school, Hoopes has enjoyed being involved in extra-curricular activities. By being involved in Model United Nations and We the People competitions and baseball, he has developed team skills. Specifically Hoopes mentioned that baseball has taught him how to perform under pressure. As a pitcher for the team, he has learned to play for the team and not just for himself. Through his youth group and Boy Scout activities he also has learned how important it is to serve others.

Hoopes’ recognized his father, Kendal, and brother, Ethan, as two people that have inspired him and that he has looked up to as role models. His father has taught him a strong work ethic and his brother helped him develop self-confidence and determination through playing sports. He also selected Rhonda Bell, SHS chemistry teacher, as an outstanding teacher during his time at SHS. Bell’s classes were enjoyable and educational to Hoopes as she presented material clearly and did her best to  ensure students understood the content.   

Hoopes feels he has learned a great deal at SHS through his studies and participating in various clubs. The contacts he has made while attending SHS are connections he’ll be able to call on in the future when needed.

When asked about a favorite quote, Hoopes referenced Friedrich Nietzche’s quote, “The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.” Hoopes noted how important it is to own yourself and not let others determine who you become.

Hoopes is planning to attend the University of Wyoming and study biology or chemistry. His post-graduate plans are to apply to the University of Washington for medical school via the WWAMI (Wyoming, Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho) program. Hoopes’ career goal is to help heal and serve people through owning his own clinic. With his dedication and work ethic, Hoopes is sure to be a future leader in the medical field.