A: It's OK. Our school moved into this building when I was in fourth grade. It's home away from home.
Q: Now that you are graduating, what do you plan to do next year?
A: I'm going to Everett Community College to take prerequisites for the dental hygiene program. Science has always interested me, and I already work in a dental office as a sterilizer. Going into dental hygiene is a smart move, I think, because people will always need to have their teeth cleaned. Lord willing, I should be able to find a job right out of school. Also, I don't have any plans for this right now, but it would be a good skill to have if God calls me to the missions field. There are so many medical needs in other countries.
Q: So you're a preacher's kid and a teacher's kid. How does that work?
A: My dad is a teacher here at Highland. He teaches Bible, history and Greek, and he's the basketball coach. He also been the pastor at Seven Lakes Baptist Church near Lake Goodwin for more than 25 years.
Q: What has been the best thing about Highland?
A: It's nice to be able to have the option to spend part of my day learning about God. My favorite course this year is my New Testament Bible class. I have lots of friends in public school and a lot of friends who don't go to church, but it will be nice to have my Christian beliefs set in stone before I go to college.
Q: You've played three high school sports each year since eighth grade. That's a lot, isn't it?
A: When you have a small school, you have to be part of the team. I played volleyball, basketball and softball. I love all three. And, this may be odd, but I think being on a team makes you strive harder to get good grades. You have to be organized.
Q: What else do you do at school?
A: I'm vice president of the student body, I sing in choir, and I've been involved in drama. This year we did an adaptation of Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice" by La Conner's drama teacher, Scott McDade. I played the older sister, Jane Bennet. Theater really boosts a person's confidence.
Q: What have been some of your volunteer activities?
A: We've done blood drives and food drives, which are especially important to do when you represent Christ. Lots of families are struggling right now and we need to help. Also, I am part of the worship team at church. That's easy. My mom sings and plays the piano and we -- my parents and my siblings -- all like to make music.
Q: What about activities away from school and church?
A: I love to read. I would read all day if I could. I like Jane Austen, C.S. Lewis, Tolkien, and the "Hunger Games" and "Harry Potter" books. We also like to travel as a family to see the national parks. I think we have been to all the parks west of the Mississippi River. We like to hike, and we've hiked into the Grand Canyon before.
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