Class of 2013: Driven to succeed -- and to help
He has earned perfect grades during the past four semesters at the School of the Entrepreneur on the Marysville Getchell High School campus. He's a DECA and FBLA officer, takes Advanced Placement classes, is a community volunteer, a peer mentor, and president of his class, and is scheduled to speak at graduation on Monday.
If Krall sounds like he's always had it together or that he is from a privileged background, take another look.
The son of a single mom, Krall, by his own admission, made a lot of bad choices during his middle school years. Looking back, he knows his future might have been very different.
"Finally in ninth grade, I realized, 'Wait a minute, this is real life,' " Krall said. "I'm from a low-income household. The only way to break out of this demographic is through college."
Krall is the first in his family to graduate from high school, and he credits teacher Dana Krsnadas, graduation counselor Christine Milnor and the attention he got at his small school for his success.
"I found that I didn't need the partying and that school was a place to have fun, to grow and not to dread," he said.
Milnor can't say enough good about Krall.
"He demonstrates a strong determination as he makes plans for his future," she said. "Brendon is insightful, friendly, hard-working and genuine."
Krall said his positive attitude kept him on track to meet his goals.
"I am ready to be independent. I am so stoked and ready to move to Seattle," he said. "No matter where I am, I will always volunteer to help others, because I know what it feels like to need help. In fact, in all my fundraising, I have found that the people who donate the most are the low-income folks."
Class of 2013
• Ruby Kassala: Ace student thrives on challenges
• Brendon Krall: Driven to succeed -- and to help others
• Erika Middleton-Sharpe: Headed for New York with an upright bass
• AnhViet Nguyen: Before Stanford, he'll learn to drive
• Debbie Peterson: She's got her eye on medical school
• Victoria Sonnenburg: Accident was 'blessing' to Kamiak senior
• Nicota Stevenson: His heritage helped him chart his future
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