Bismarck High School senior Christian Walth, who says government is “easily” his favorite class, dreams of becoming a United States senator one day.
“I just like making a change. And I’ve always wanted to be someone up in the front of the row making that change,” he said. “I’m not sure where, but I think my goal in the future would be to become a U.S. senator.”
The 18-year-old Bismarck native, who plans to attend North Dakota State University this fall to major in political science with a possible minor in economics, also aspires to be a lawyer.
In the meantime, Walth, who first made BHS’s varsity track and field team as a freshman, says he’s focused on becoming a two-time, 300-meter hurdle state champ.
“Winning in hurdles was a huge accomplishment of mine. Something I had worked hard for for the past five years,” he said. “I was super proud of that. It was easily my biggest accomplishment here.”
Walth, who aims to be an NDSU track and field competitor, is the final Teen of the Week. An overall winner will be announced in May.
“Christian is the most well-rounded student I have ever taught. He never gives less than his best and is a natural leader. He has the ability to reason and think through a problem better than most adults,” wrote BHS English instructor Rosann Jacobs-Fode, in a letter of recommendation. “Christian makes people laugh and feel at ease. He has this huge heart, and everyone loves him.”
Speech is equally as fun as track, according to the teen. Last year, the rookie was the WDA champion in poetry and humorous duo. He’s headed to state again this year for poetry and entertain.
“I have always liked speaking in front of people, which is really weird, I guess,” he said. “I’ve always loved debate and speech.”
Walth recently placed second in the state-wide Poetry Out Loud competition.
“I thought that was a huge accomplishment,” he said. “That was the highest someone at BHS has ever gotten. So that was pretty huge.”
A percussionist, the teen plays the vibraphone in jazz band and the quad drums in marching band, in which he serves as section leader.
Rounding out the senior’s extracurricular activities are soccer, National Honor Society, student council and Key Club, with the latter resulting in many volunteer hours clocked.
Over the years, Walth has participated in food drives and volunteered for the Bismarck Marathon, the Great American Bike Race and the Haunted Fort, where he spooked attendees as a scary clown in 2018.
“It’s good to give back to your community and, like, be able to get back to the roots of people who need it,” he said. “I just feel like it’s really important to be able to know that there are people in need; that you should help them.”
The senior class co-president was named homecoming king last fall.
“Homecoming king was easily one of my favorite things I’ve ever had in high school. Just that one day was super fun,” he said. “It just means everything to me knowing that a lot of people appreciate what I’ve done for BHS. I take a lot of pride in that.”
The straight-A student has taken four Advanced Placement classes and says he takes “a lot of pride” in his academics.
Past summers, he’s worked at Bruce's Manufactured Housing, which his grandfather owns, installing piers. This summer, Walth, the son of Shayne and Marnie, says he’d like to be a waiter at a restaurant.
The senior, who enjoys reading, running and sleeping, offers the following advice to underclassmen: “Get involved as soon as you can. Join a club or join a sport, because it’s easier to be involved in school … you’ll really feel like you’re part of the BHS community.”