by JENNIFER FRAKES | photos by Zeena Gregg Photography

Kolten Frapwell certainly knows how to jump ahead of the competition. The 17-year-old senior at Canyon Crest Academy holds the school’s high jump record at six feet and took first place in the league in the sport. “I became interested in high jump during middle school track and field and realized that I had the potential to be good at it,” said Kolten.

In order to hone his high jumping skills, Kolten is attending Stanford’s Track & Field Camp this summer. There, he hopes to learn from some of the best in the sport. “The coaches at Stanford have coached very good athletes, so I think they will be able to take my talent further. I also hope to gain some life skills by meeting new people and listening to some of the guest speakers,” related Kolten.

“I like nature photography because there is no end to the creativity you can put into it,” said Kolten.

Kolten is also setting the bar high with his academic achievements. He is a 4.0 student and was named to the San Diego Union Tribune’s All-Academic Team. His favorite subject in school is photography and he enjoys the camaraderie and constructive criticism photography class offers. “Everyone helps to improve each other’s work as photographers. We critique each other’s photos so that we all receive a wide range of opinions about our work,” explained Kolten, whose father, Mark, is a professional photographer.

Nature is Kolten’s favorite subject to photograph and living in Carmel Valley provides him with plenty of opportunities to get out with his camera. “I like nature photography because there is no end to the creativity you can put into it. My family loves going to Torrey Pines State Park and Beach. I enjoy the beautiful scenery there,” said Kolten, whose future plans may include opening his own photography business.

Kolten is the oldest of three children, a family position that he stated comes with both freedom and responsibility. He enjoys spending time with his family and can often be spotted dining in local restaurants with his parents and sisters. According to Kolten, his family has strong traditions, one of which is reflected in his name. “I have two middle names, Michael and Hazo. By tradition, every fourth male born in the Frapwell family has the middle name Hazo,” revealed Kolten.