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  • Mariner High School senior Andrew Santos, who works at the popular student-run Blue Thunder Espresso at the school, says he would like to coach youth ...

    Dan Bates / The Herald

    Mariner High School senior Andrew Santos, who works at the popular student-run Blue Thunder Espresso at the school, says he would like to coach youth football someday.

  • Mariner High School senior Andrew Santos, who works at the popular student-run Blue Thunder Espresso at the school, says he would like coach youth foo...

    Dan Bates / The Herald

    Mariner High School senior Andrew Santos, who works at the popular student-run Blue Thunder Espresso at the school, says he would like coach youth football someday.

Q: You have an amazing variety of interests, football, dance and the chamber choir among others. Let's talk about football first. What position do you play?
A: Right guard.
Q: And you've played all four years of high school?
A: Yes.
Q: What got you interested in dance?
A: I wanted to try out something new. I've always loved to dance and sing. That's a way to express myself. I like it a lot. It's really fun.
Q: Is there any type of dance form you particularly enjoy?
A: Mostly anything. I love learning new stuff. It's a wide variety of dance.
It's with a dance partner, usually. It's really advanced. You do a lot of lifts.
You know the TV show, "So You Think You Can Dance?" That's what we relate our dances to.
Q: Is there anything involved with dance that you can apply to football?
A: I would say flexibility. And a lot of core workouts. It really helps.
Q: Could you talk a little about your GPA and your plans after graduation?
A: My GPA is 3.3. After high school, I don't know. I feel like I'm so young. My desire in life is to serve others. I want to be a football coach. Football has changed my life. I believe that if I could change a youth's life, they can grow up to be great individual.
Q: How has football changed your life?
A: Well ... It's made me think about life in a whole different way. I'm always challenging myself and setting goals for myself. One thing my coach has emphasized this year is don't make excuses, make good. It's really inspiring.
Q: You mentioned that your family is very important to you. You're the oldest of four boys in your family?
A: Yes. I'm very family orientated. I am the oldest of four sons. I have three younger brothers: Kimo, 15, Adrian, 10, and Keoni, 7. Kimo was diagnosed with autism when he was 3 and ever since then it's been the scenario of him changing our lives instead of us changing his.
Q: Could you explain that?
A: He has taught us how to cherish life, him living life the way he does every day. He goes through these challenges because he can't communicate very well. He teaches us to be patient, really hanging in there with the family. I think he's really the lock of our family.
Q: What's your favorite class?
A: That's a hard one. My senior year I made sure my classes are classes that I would enjoy. The one I look forward to is Leadership 2. There's always something to do to improve my school.
Q: So you volunteer for things?
A: I would say take things on. We always come up with new things to do for the school, like the Harvest Festival on Oct. 31.
Q: What does that involve?
A: There's going to be a lot of booth set ups. It's mostly for elementary school kids so they can be in a safe environment during that night. It's dark. And it's not really safe for kids to be out alone. We can invite all the kids in our community to be there.
Q: What are your duties?
A: Promoting it. Being the master of ceremonies. I'm definitely excited for this. I know it will be really good for our school and community.
Sharon Salyer: 425-339-3486; salyer@heraldnet.com.
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