Hometown: Tacoma, Washington
High School: Bellarmine Preparatory School
Major: Environmental Science
Gabriel Rodkey, a graduate of Bellarmine Preparatory School in Tacoma, Washington, was an active student leader and musician throughout his high school career. Devoting much of his time to music, Gabe was a member of his school’s marching band, wind ensemble, and jazz band, featured as trombone section leader in each ensemble his junior and senior year. He was also awarded the honor of outstanding soloist at the 2017 Viking Jazz Festival, outstanding musicianship at the 2019 John Moawad Jazz Festival at Central Washington University, and received superior ratings for his duet at the Washington State Solo and Ensemble competition. In addition to his musical accomplishments, Gabe was involved in various clubs around campus such as the Feminists at Bellarmine, Improvisation Club, and co-founder and Vice-President of Amateur Sports Club, a role that required him to assist in organizing after school sporting events open to all students, regardless of athletic ability. Gabe expanded his leadership roles during his senior year by serving as a Rector on his school’s Junior Men’s Encounter, a retreat designed to assist young men and women on their personal faith journeys. On top of his school commitments, Gabe worked at a local food bank as a Summer Meals Associate, assisting in the preparation and distribution of sack lunches to low-income communities in the Tacoma area for children that would regularly be on free or reduced lunch during the school year. As a Santa Clara student, he is intending to pursue an Environmental Science major and use this education to promote a more sustainable global community. Gabe is looking forward to all of the opportunities the Johnson Scholar program and Santa Clara community have to offer.