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A: No, I went to Mariner High School my freshman and sophomore year and came here my junior year. By the time I was in freshman year I figured I could just mess around instead of doing my work.
Sophomore year I just had kind of given up doing stuff, and I was having a really hard time and there were so many kids there that I could never really get the help I needed. I had fallen so far behind that I needed to go somewhere to make up that work.
Q: So things have been good here for you?
A: It's been great. The teachers have been awesome.
Q: What was it about coming to ACES that helped you so much?
A: I would say the small number of students. Because there's one-fourth or one-fifth of the amount that's at a normal high school, so they have more time to actually work with each individual student. We're on a first-name basis here, too, so it's more like friends instead of teachers.
Growing up I was always pretty shy, I actually didn't talk that much. And then I got to high school, where if you don't talk much you're just not noticed. But once I came here everybody took their time with me and it was really nice.
I definitely couldn't have done any of this without my counselor, Kristen Kowalski, she's amazing. She's done everything to make sure I graduate on time, to get the classes I needed.
Q: How many kids did you have in each of your classes?
A: Last year, it was probably 10. This year, more kids have been coming here, so it's about 20.
Q: What's your GPA now?
A: About a 3.5. This year I've had all A's and B's, last year I had pretty much all good grades, except in geometry.
Q: What was it at Mariner?
A: Probably not even a 1.
Q: What are your favorite subjects?
A: Probably art and English. Art because I like art, and English because I like the class so much and the teacher.
Q: What are your college plans?
A: At graduation I got six scholarships (from different sources), so I'm going to Edmonds Community College in the fall.
Q: Do you have any career plans in mind?
A: I haven't thought of my main career, what I'm going to do yet, because the only two things I really want to do in life are photography and animal rescue. I'm thinking about what can get me the most money to support myself.
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