Class of 2021 | PT athlete and grad says ‘Be coachable’

Posted 6/18/21

Throughout his time at Port Townsend High School, graduating senior Devin Harris has stuck by the motto: “Be coachable at everything you do.”

“My parents gave me that mindset of …

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Class of 2021 | PT athlete and grad says ‘Be coachable’

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Throughout his time at Port Townsend High School, graduating senior Devin Harris has stuck by the motto: “Be coachable at everything you do.”

“My parents gave me that mindset of just being coachable, just listening,” Harris explained.

It was something instilled in him from the beginning by his mother Heidi Mathews and father Chris Harris.

“You have to be coachable in order to get far in life, especially if you’re in high school sports. You have to be coachable in order to get better,” he said.

Harris has played basketball during his high school career. He has also dabbled in track and field, as well as football.

The motto seems to have set him up for success early on.

“I’ve always been on top of things. I’ve always been on time and responsible … That’s the same thing I’ll be doing in college.”

From sports to making good friends, Harris said, “I had a pretty good run with high school.”

His favorite things about high school have been “just hanging out with friends at lunch tables, trying out for sports, and just the campus, in general.”

The daily routine, going to classes, and participating in campus life has all amounted to what Harris described as “a really great journey at Port Townsend High School all four years.”

“I’ve been really responsible in my school work,” Harris said.

His favorite subject has been creative writing. It makes you think for yourself, he said.

“I’m not really a math whiz nor a reading-type person,” he added.

After graduation, he is headed out of state for the College of Idaho in Caldwell, Idaho.

He’ll study health science and human performance.

A program dedicated to fitness, wellness, and how the human body works, Harris explained how the field of study taps into his interests.

“I’m really into sports. I’ve been playing sports kind of my whole life and I would like to see how the human body works.”

Whether or not he will play sports in college is “a big question mark.”

“We’ve been discussing it as a family and we decided that sports might not actually happen.”

His main focus in college will be on his studies and keeping up with his work load.

While Harris is sad to leave his friends, he said he is most excited about “seeing a different world.”

“I’m kind of excited to take a different path … just meeting new people and building strong relationships with new people, and just experiencing new scenery.”

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