"POST changed my life. It brought me out of my shell and gave me confidence that many high schoolers are lacking. I learned lifelong outdoor and leadership skills. It would be a shame for POST not to offer those same opportunities to our current adolescents as it did for me."
-Patricia Wreford-Brown 2007
“Nothing has prepared me more for my college classes, internships, and life in general than working on POST”
- Jackson Cantrell 2014
“Without a doubt the most valuable thing I did in high school.”
- Aaron Goff 2014
"Post helped me learn to be a leader and solidified my confidence in my own skills - both interpersonal and outdoors. Thanks to my experience in Post, I was able to make friends leading outdoor trips in college and be a more effective manager at my college newspaper."
-Rachel Alexander 2009
"Being involved with POST was hands down the most important part of my high school experience. My favorite nights of high school were the ones sitting around a fire, walking in the woods, laughing my head off at silly skits, and star gazing on sleeping bags. POST gave me the confidence to speak in front of 200 people, the dedication to pull an all nighter organizing trip paperwork, the leadership skills I still use for job interviews, the passion for adventures in the woods, and the community where I found my best friends and mentors."
-Lucia Hunt 2014
"POST was by far the single best experience of my time at Garfield. Not only did it keep me busy and gave me something to look forward to on weekends, it also taught me skills I use to this day. Being on staff and the Executive Committee was my first time in a leadership role that felt like it carried true responsibility and importance. Planning a trip and helping carry it out successfully is an incredibly effective and engaging way to learn. It was the first legitimate accomplishment I could put on my resume and helped me land my first couple jobs.
It also gave many students their first introduction to outdoor trips and skills. Compass navigation, rock climbing, kayak safety, knot tying, and snow camping are all skills I otherwise wouldn't have been exposed to without POST.
Lastly, some of my best friends were made through POST. It brings people together in a way that you can't get in a classroom setting.
I'm afraid that GHS is losing some of the programs that make it so unique. All of my best high school memories were made through POST - I can't imagine Garfield without it."
-Amia Kane 2009
"I am currently an EMT in Seattle and am seeking a way to combine my love of the outdoors/adventure with medicine. POST was first experience in this area. Especially in a position of leadership. POST was enormously influential and was definitely a guiding light when I decided to become a kayak tour guide, a teacher in China, and an EMT."
-Benjamin Miller 2009
"POST introduced me to the skill base I used to follow a career in the fire service. I learned the skills in a team environment that I use today."
-Sam Woestwin 2010
"I had an incredible experience with POST in high school. It is an extremely rare program that helped prepare me for college and life beyond high school in numerous ways. Not only did it provide an avenue for weekend activities without drugs or alcohol, it developed a love for the outdoors that has continued to this day."
-Max Ogryzko 2013
"POST trips are the landmarks of my high school life. Trips are the main thing I look forward to and when I got down about the amount of school work, I would tell myself "Only three weeks left until the next one. You can do it!"
"I went into my first trip as a skeptical, unprepared, and scared freshman. Two days later, I returned a converted man and went on six more trips just that year. That trip, and the dozens that followed, have taught me about leadership, communication, and the wild world we live in more than any class I’ve ever taken. POST gave me a community that made the high school experience less intimidating and (if you can believe it), actually fulfilling."
-Patrick Walsh 2018
"POST was one of the most transformative parts of my time at Garfield. As a camper I learned new outdoor skills and made lifelong friends; as a staff member I learned leadership and teaching skills; as a trip leader I learned organization, accountability, and delegation; and as finance coordinator I learned how to fundraise and balance a budget. After graduating I led outdoor education trips in college and continue hike, camp, backpack, climb, and kayak with family and friends. Recent highlights include climbing Mt. St. Helens and kayaking around Manhattan (20 miles!) under a full moon. After moving back to Seattle for graduate school last fall I joined the POST Alumni Board and am thrilled to have the opportunity to chaperone trips, support the next generation of Posties, and give back to an organization that has impacted my life in so many ways."
"POST has given me great experience in leadership, organization, teaching and the outdoors. The program is a great outdoors and learn important life skills that you would not otherwise get from the classroom or other extracurriculars. I'm confident the program will continue to do this for countless others and i would encourage incoming students to get involved."