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Published: Monday, December 26, 2011, 12:01 a.m.

Super Kid: Sarah Peterson, Darrington High senior

  • Sarah Peterson says she would like a career as a Navy pilot or submariner.

    Mark Mulligan/The Herald

    Sarah Peterson says she would like a career as a Navy pilot or submariner.

Q: So, why are you known as the doughnut queen at school?

A: Selling doughnuts is a good way to raise money. We make the drive to the Krispy Kreme store in Burlington a few times a year and pick up about 100 boxes of a dozen doughnuts. The profits go to our prom and our senior class trip. We do a lot of other fundraising too.

Q: Where are you going for the trip?

A: We're a small class, about 35 kids, so we are thinking of the graduation night at Disneyland or maybe Canada.

Q: You grew up in Darrington?
A: Yes, my dad moved here when he was 15, so we have roots. It's a beautiful place. I want to go away for school, but I could see maybe moving back someday. I think it strengthens the community when people get a good education and then come back.

Q: We understand you applied to the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., for next year?

A: I want a career as a Navy pilot or a submariner, and I want to see the world. I feel I have the aptitude and the drive. If I don't get in at the academy, I plan to join the Reserve Officer Training Corps at the University of Washington or Washington State University.

Q: What do your folks say?
A. Actually, I want to do it for my dad. A lot of people from my family and my community have served in the military, including at Pearl Harbor.

Q: What are your favorite subjects in school?
A: I am definitely a math and science person. I'm taking calculus and environmental science right now.

Q: What else do you do at school?
A: I play softball and I'm a cheerleader for basketball. I'm on the knowledge bowl and Hi-Q teams. I'm in the leadership class, I'm the president of FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) and Key Club. I'm our class president and the student body representative on the school board. Now remember, it's a small class, OK? Everybody does a lot.

Q: Wow. What's something your leadership class has done lately?

A: The best thing was helping out with the first-ever Darrington High School Sports Hall of Fame induction night this fall. Our auditorium was packed. More than 400 people were there, and many traveled from all over the western states to attend. I couldn't believe how lively some of the guys from the basketball teams in 1950s still are. It was pretty exciting. Now that we have a hall of fame, it's something everyone will strive for.

Q: What about your life outside of school?
A: I've had summer jobs, and I sometimes baby-sit, but homework takes up a lot of my time. I'm really glad my parents are relaxed and like having my friends over to hang out. We live close to the school. Sometimes kids hang out there even when I'm not at home.

Q: Do you ever read for pleasure?
A: I don't have a lot of time, but lately I've been reading President Obama's "The Audacity of Hope." It's a really good book and I really admire him.

Q: TV?

A: We watch "Jeopardy" and "Wheel of Fortune," and I usually guess the answer first. Of course I would never do as well if I ever tried out for the "Jeopardy" show. I think your nerves really take a toll.

Q: What's the best thing about Darrington?

A: In this one-square-mile town, a lot of people are strong-willed. They have pride and a good work ethic. The hardships here make people stronger. Because it's a small town, we're also given a lot of opportunities. It is what you make it.
Gale Fiege: 425-339-3427; gfiege@heraldnet.com.

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