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Published: Monday, October 29, 2012, 12:01 a.m.

Super Kid: Khianna Calica of Lake Stevens High School

  • Lake Stevens High School senior Khianna Calica, 17, would like to major in communications in college.

    Dan Bates / The Herald

    Lake Stevens High School senior Khianna Calica, 17, would like to major in communications in college.

  • Lake Stevens High School senior Khianna Calica, 17, would like to major in communications in college.

    Dan Bates / The Herald

    Lake Stevens High School senior Khianna Calica, 17, would like to major in communications in college.

Q: I heard you're involved in a several programs at Lake Stevens High School.
A: ASB and DECA are my two pride and joys and then also advanced placement classes. I'm in AP government right now and then University of Washington English, and I'm finishing up my foreign language, which is Spanish. Then I'm just volunteering as much as I can. I do work with the American Legion because they sent me to Girls State and Girls Nation.
Q: Tell me about ASB.
A: I'm the executive officer here. I was involved in ASB in seventh grade at Cedarcrest (Middle School) but as far as ASB in the high school, this is my first year. I love it. Right now the biggest thing we have coming up is the Martin Luther King Jr. assembly in January. We're going to have Houston Kraft, a phenomenal speaker, speak on a Monday, and then that's going to open it up for a whole diversity week.
Q: What do you tell students who are unfamiliar with DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America)?

A: Poor kids, they ask me about DECA, and I could go on for hours and hours. In a nutshell, I would explain it as the hidden treasure of the school because students who aren't involved in it, they're really missing out. Even if they're not as active as I am just the content of the class like your W-2 forms, how to write a resume, or how to interact professionally with people are all life skills that can take you far, and that you don't normally learn in a typical class. I tell them it's worth it.
Q: You're working with another student on a project called the Chapter Awards Program. What is that?

A: It is a book, and it pretty much documents what we do as a DECA chapter. Last year we didn't get on the stage but fortunately we placed and were able to go to Nationals in Utah. My goal this year is to get on that stage and the biggest thing that will hopefully make us reach that goal is we're going to focus on the content of the book.
Q: Can you give an example of what DECA has done so far this year to add to the book?
A:
Part of our community service this year was we dressed up as fruits and vegetables and we went to the elementary school, and we were interacting with the kids. It was really silly, but it made a difference. You're building relationships and character for the members that participate, but it builds a better reputation for the chapter as well.
Q: Do you have a favorite class?
A:
Probably my AP Government class and my UW English class. If you look in my English classroom there's college flags everywhere representing all these universities, and I think that's really cool. There are students' names on the flags showing who went where.
Q: When you look at all the college flags in the classroom do you envision your name on any one in particular?
A:
Syracuse University. After I attended American Legion Girls Nation and Girls State I realized how much I like speaking and being able to touch an audience, so hopefully I will be majoring in communications and minoring in business marketing and political science. And I'm trying to get an ROTC scholarship.
Q: What branch of the military are you interested in joining?
A:
Air Force. I just hear that in the Air Force they treat you really well. My dad was in the Navy. My mom's dad was in the Army, and on that whole side of my family, there's 14 siblings. I think of the 14, 11 of them have served in the military.
Q: What kind of communication job would you want to have?
A:
If I could be a talk show host that would be great. If I could be the next Oprah Winfrey I wouldn't mind it.
Q: Are you close with your family?
A:
Our family unit is really cohesive. We're super tight. Growing up I didn't understand why I was always with my brother and sister so that was frustrating, but now I appreciate it so much. My parents and my younger brother and sister are so supportive of everything that I do. I appreciate being the older sibling now that I understand what it has done for me. It's probably part of why I have been able to achieve what I have because I was forced to be a leader when I was little.
Q: Do you plan on doing anything for Halloween?
A:
Usually I'm the one passing out the candy, which I don't mind at all because I've had my time to dress up.
Q: What's your favorite candy?
A:
I'm a sucker for the white chocolate Reese's peanut butter cups. That's my guilty pleasure.
Amy Daybert: 425-339-3491; adaybert@heraldnet.com.

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