Q: What's new and exciting?
A: Being a senior and getting ready to graduate, going in to college, being on softball, have fun and being able to work with the community.
Q: Are you excited to graduate?
A: Yeah. I'm excited.
Q: Are you going to miss high school at all?
A: Yeah, I'm going to miss high school. I'm going to miss all my friends and everything. But I'm excited to move on and get on to new things.
Q: Do you know what you want to study in college?
A: I want to become a primary teacher or a special needs teacher.
Q: What's your favorite subject in school?
A: Favorite subject would have to be math.
Q: Really? I don't hear that very often.
Q: How's softball going this season?
A: Really good. I actually get to play this year, it's fun.
Q: How is your team doing? What's your record?
A: What's our record? Yeah, our record is not so good. We only won one game, but that was against Archbishop Murphy, and none of the Sultan girls sports have beat them yet, so it was really good. It was a nice record to beat.
Q: So it was a historic victory?
Q: What's there to do for fun in Sultan?
A: Working in your community. I like working around with other people. Also, hanging out with friends and going to sports events.
Q: You have an appropriate last name for a softball player (Baller), how awesome is your last name?
A: (Laughs.) I like my last name a lot. A lot of people (think) basketball, but I really don't play basketball, cause I'm a cheerleader and play softball.
Q: Which do you like more, cheerleading or softball?
A: Cheerleading. I've done it all my life.
Q: Do you have any hobbies in your spare time between cheerleading and softball?
A: I do pageants. I work in the community.
Q: What kind of pageants do you do?
A: Natural pageants. They're not like glitz (pageants). Glitz have you wear a lot of makeup and you have fake hair extensions and stuff. Natural pageants are where you work mostly in the community. And you compete.
Q: Where do these pageants take place?
A: Anywhere. I just was at one (last) weekend in Everett. And then I've had a national title which is in St. Louis, Missouri.
Q: How many have you won?
A: Five. I've taken five titles.
Q: What's an average pageant like?
A: An average pageant you wake up and you get ready for the day. Usually it starts off with interviews. After interviews you get ready for formal wear, which is really fancy dresses. And then after you're done with that you get ready for all the optionals, like swimsuit , casual wear, talent.
Q: What's your go-to talent?
Q: How'd you get started doing pageants?
A: Well it all started with one in Gold Bar, which was really small for Miss Gold Dust Days. And after that I tried a bigger one and I didn't do so well, but then I still wanted to try and keep going.
Q: What's the best advice anyone's ever given you?
A: The best advice is to never give up. Just keep trying. Even if things don't go as well just keep trying.
Q: Finally, where do you hope to be in 25 years?
A: Teaching and having a family of my own.
Q: Are you going to have your child follow in your footsteps and do pagaents too?
A: Yeah (laughs).
As told to David Krueger, Herald writer
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