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Super Kid: Jack Pearce, Mountlake Terrace High School

  • Mountlake Terrace High School senior, Jack Pearce, 18, stays involved in a number of clubs that help in the community.

    Dan Bates / The Herald

    Mountlake Terrace High School senior, Jack Pearce, 18, stays involved in a number of clubs that help in the community.

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By Bill Sheets
Herald Writer
Question: What are all your activities?
Answer: I do cross country and track and I'm also in ASB and Key Club and Black Student Union and a couple of other clubs. I'm also in the school newspaper Hawkeye, I don't do too much for that, I just write a few articles for it, not much.
Q: Black Student Union? Tell me about that.
A: My friend Peter Kidane, he's the president of it, he just suggested at the start of junior year to get into it. I thought that would be something interesting to do to just to see what other cultures are like. I was completely right because I've learned a lot of stuff about African-American culture, so it's really cool.
Q: You obviously don't have to be black to be in the Black Student Union then.
A: No.
Q: How many non-black students are in it?
A: I'd say maybe 15 to 20 people are in it and I think I might be the only non-black guy.
Q: What kind of activities have you participated in with them?
A: We do a lot of service projects, we've cleaned up a park before, we're going to help out a food lifeline, we're going to do an Afro-Caribbean Night where we get kids from around the school district in the area and we do an African-American black culture night, so that's going to be really interesting. It's going to be in March, I think.
Q: Tell me about Key Club.
A: It's a student-led community service organization, so every month we'll do a service project, like right now we're doing a canned food drive with the entire school and last month we made blankets to give out to local hospitals. Later we're going to be doing an adopt-a-family where we get presents for low-income families, and just a lot of stuff like that.
Q: What distances do you run in track and cross country?
A: In cross country I run 5,000 meters, which is a little over three miles, and in track I'll do the 1,600 and 3,200, which are about a mile and two miles.
I've been running since I was about 9 years old and I used to run with a club team down south called the Rain City Flyers, I still run with them but obviously I run with my high school, too. My teammates this year, for the first time in school history, both the boys and girls teams made it to the state meet, so that was really cool.
Q: What's your focus been in your classes -- what are your favorite subjects, what are you good at?
A: I really like history and science, those are my two favorite classes, AP (Advanced Placement) gov and biotechnology, they're both really interesting.
In AP gov you learn the Constitutional amendments, how the government works, how everything works in the U.S. system.
Q: What's your GPA?
A: 3.76-ish.
Q: College plans?
A: I'm looking at a lot of schools locally, I'm looking at Western Washington University, the University of Washington, Gonzaga University and the University of Portland. Those would probably be my top four choices, in no particular order.
Q: Any ideas for a career?
A: I'm thinking I want to get a biology degree because there are so many branches you can go from there. I'm interested in science and I want to help people and I'm really not sure specifically how I want to do that so I think a biology degree is a great way to start.
Bill Sheets: 425-339-3439;
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