Senior Spotlight: Wayne Koelsch

Wayne Koelsch is quite possibly the most accomplished senior in the 2019 graduating class of Dimond High School.

Koelsch has been an All State Orchestra Bassist all four years of high school, Crystal Ball King, earned an above-4.0 GPA and received an excellent score on his SAT.

Koelsch has found a lot of success in various areas in his high school career, and he has a simple answer as to why.

“I would say my success comes from my work ethic. I’ve always worked very hard,” he said.

Koelsch addressed his achievements as well.

“I would say my proudest accomplishment was making All-Northwestern Orchestra. Every honor I have received is significant, but the All-Northwestern Orchestra one stands out because it includes students from several other states, and there are a lot of talented individuals in that pool,” he said.

Koelsch is a very intelligent and driven individual. However, his friends will tell you his most admirable quality is his humble demeanor.

Thomas Garrett is a fellow senior and friend who has attended school with Koelsch since kindergarten.

“Wayne has accomplished a lot since I’ve known him, but that has never changed him. He has won a ton of awards and done a lot of incredible things, but he’d still rather just talk about the Seattle Seahawks,” he said.

Koelsch plans to further his education at the University of Alaska Anchorage. His GPA and test scores could have taken him anywhere in the country, but Koelsch is an Alaskan at heart.

“I plan to study mechanical engineering and UAF. It is something that I am passionate about, and I really like living here. There’s really no other place I’d want to be,” he said.

Garrett, who will be attending college at the University of Alaska Anchorage, was very pleased when he learned that Koelsch would be staying in Alaska.

“Wayne could be at Harvard if he wanted. He just loves it up here, and he knows what he wants to do with his life. He’s probably gonna be the best mechanical engineer in the state eventually. I’m just glad that we will still get to go hunting and fishing together,” he said.

Koelsch often spends much of his summers taking trips on his father’s airplane to different parts of the state. He is an avid hunter and fisherman, a true Alaskan.

Koelsch also enjoys watching football, and if you ask his friends, he somehow manages to excel at that too.

Senior Andrew Walch is one of Koelsch’s friends, and the two recently participated in the same fantasy football league.

“Wayne’s team destroyed mine every time we played. It was kind of annoying that he is even good at fantasy football, which is really supposed to just be luck. But even in fantasy football Wayne is super cool. He doesn’t talk trash or anything. He just succeeds like he does at everything else,” he said.

Like Garrett, Walch is also a longtime friend.

“It has been fun to grow up going to school with Wayne over the last six years. We have shared a lot of laughs and suffered through a lot of class together. He is definitely someone to remember, and I know I will still be hearing big things about Wayne Koelsch 20 years from now,” he said.

Wayne Koelsch is a high school senior who is both very accomplished and highly regarded by his peers. He has made the most of his time as a Dimond Lynx, and he is certainly one of the most distinguished and success bound seniors of the 2019 class.

This is Wayne’s world, and we are all just living in it.