Answer: I see it as the beginning of a journey. This is the end of high school and elementary stages where we always get help. So it is our turn to take our own steps.
Q: I understand you are president of your school's Future Business Leaders of America chapter. How was it you gravitated to that club?
A: I came across it accidentally. I was just that little loner freshman standing there waiting for my mom to pick me up. I had friends going there and they were talking about FBLA and I thought, 'Hey, that sounds kind of cool.' I started going to the meetings and I just realized that's something I really liked.
Q: Tell me about a project or two that your chapter has been involved in.
A: There are so many. The most recent one we did was the breast cancer walk for (the) Susan G. Komen (foundation). We walked around the Glacier Peak track. A mammogram costs about $180. We raised enough for eight mammograms. Our goal was 10 and we are still trying to get to it there. We are saving lives.
Q: Give me your best sales pitch about why people should join FBLA.
A: I don't really have a sales pitch. I just say FBLA has so many paths and everyone can fall into their own path. Business has so many opportunities. It's not like some boring suit and tie. There is so much more to it.
Q: Do you know what you want to do next year?
A: I'm looking at something to do with business. I'm not sure what college, but something along those lines.
Q: When you aren't doing school work or school activities, what do you like to do in your spare time?
A: I'm involved in church with the choir and youth activities. I go to a Russian church, Awakenings, in Everett. My parents came from Ukraine. We speak Russian though.
Q: How is your Russian?
A: I went into kindergarten not knowing any English. I speak Russian at home, but I speak English at school. I'm taking Russian online. It has been good. I'm getting some of the grammar and Russian history.
Q: Have you had a favorite teacher or class at Glacier Peak?
A: I would say my FBLA teacher Mrs. Sanchez. She has been part of my whole FBLA experience. She has always been there for me. She also was my business teacher for a couple of classes.
Q: Tell me about your family.
A: We have five kids. My brother went here. He was a football player. The youngest one is 1. I'm the second oldest so in some of my spare time, I also baby-sit. They are a handful.
Q: Did you like going to school with your brother?
A: I did. Everyone would know me as Alex's little sister.
Q: Is there anything else you think readers might be interested in?
A: I'm also espresso manager for our school. It's connected to FBLA. I have a real good worker who I really rely on. We have a cart in the cafeteria and it's been most effective selling before school. We are working toward moving into a bigger space with actual cabinets.
Eric Stevick: 425-339-3446, firstname.lastname@example.org
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