Orting High Sophomore Elected as Co-President of Statewide Sports Medicine Student Board for 2022-23 School Year
Orting High School (OHS) Sophomore Laura Thordarson will serve on the 2022-23 Washington Career and Technical Sports Medicine Association (WCTSMA) Student Leadership Board as co-president.
WCTSMA is a statewide student-led organization that supports secondary students interested in sports medicine, helping them grow their leadership skills and introducing them to sports medicine-related careers (e.g., athletic trainer, physical therapist).
In 2020, Thordarson, who's currently wrapping up her second year on the WCTSMA Student Leadership Board as a student liaison, made history, becoming the first OHS Student to serve on the board and the first-ever freshman state officer since the organization launched in 1994. In orderto run for co-president, Thordarson had to write a speech and present it to WCTSMA leaders. Soon after, they voted for her to co-lead its statewide student board for the upcoming school year.
Thordarson recalls her initial reaction when the news broke.
"I was overjoyed," she said. "It feels great to know that I'll be representing Orting for a third consecutive year and that my hard work continues to pay off."
Thordarson's co-president duties will include leading the student board, attending monthly board of director meetings, and planning and coordinating all WCTSMA events. Also, she says serving in a role in such a capacity will help her achieve her long-term goals, including attending medical school to further her studies in sports and trauma medicine.
"It will help me improve my leadership skills," Thordarson said. "I will gain more experience working in a team environment, improve my public speaking skills, and make connections in the sports medicine field throughout Washington state."
Since her freshman year, Thordarson has been part of the OHS Sports Medicine Club, competing in varsity state competitions and assisting OHS Sports Medicine Teacher, Athletic Trainer, and Club Advisor Renee Romo at the school's sporting events. Also, on May 18, along with OHS Juniors Storey Matson and Katrina Reynolds, Thodarson will compete in the 2022 American Academic Competition Institute (AACI) National High School Medicine Competition, testing their sports medicine knowledge against other students across the country.
(Left to Right - OHS Junior Storey Matson, Junior Katrina Reynolds, Sports Medicine Teacher and Club Advisor Renee Romo and Sophomore Laura Thordarson)