Question: What drew you to the Naval Academy?
Answer: I didn't really look into it until last year. I don't come from a military family or anything. The more I started looking into it, the more I realized this was a really cool and unique experience. I had the opportunity to do something special to serve our country and also get a great education in the process, too.
Q: What do you hope to major in?
Answers: Some kind of engineering, I'm not so sure what kind yet.
Q: What are your plans post-college?
A: I want to be a naval aviator.
Q: Tell us more about your school activities.
A: I was the secretary of National Honors Society and I am in the German club, too. I also participated in football, track, wrestling and baseball.
Q: What do you like to do for fun?
A: I love to go skiing in the winter, we have a cabin at Stevens Pass. I like to go hiking, be outdoors, hang out with friends.
Q: Why do you think you have been successful in high school?
A: In Snohomish I've had a lot of great teachers, and overall the community here is very supportive and has encouraged me to do all that I have been able to do. My family has also been really great and helped me out along the way.
Q: As you leave Snohomish, what do you hope to leave behind?
A: I hope I was able to change the school for the better and made some good impressions on people.
Q: What do you hope to take with you?
A: Coming from Snohomish I've had a good sense of community, teamwork and what it means to serve other people. That's probably the biggest thing I've taken away from Snohomish — it's like a big family here.
Q: Who has influenced your high school career?
A: Mr. (Mark) Perry has had a huge impact on my high school career. He was my calculus teacher and he's a great teacher. He was also the football coach. He challenged me in school and on the football field to be the best I could be.
Q: What has been your biggest challenge in high school?
A: My biggest challenge was probably sophomore year in advanced-placement chemistry. I was really struggling through the whole year and I wasn't doing so well. Then halfway through first semester, we had a new teacher come in. She believed in me and encouraged me a lot. I came in for study sessions on the weekends and I was able to pass the A.P. test at the end of the year.
Also in sports I've had a lot of setbacks. Every year in football I've gotten hurt. I haven't gone a complete football season, which is kind of a bummer, but I feel like I've gotten better from it.
Q: What would surprise people to know about you that they might not already know about you?
A: I enjoy reading books.
Q: What's your favorite book?
A: “To Kill a Mockingbird.”
Q: What are you nervous about next year?
A: Being away from home. I haven't really been away from home for an extended period of time. I leave on July 1 and I can't have a phone or anything for six weeks, I only get two phone calls for the entire time. That will be hard — not to be able to talk to my family for that long of period.
Q: You were accepted to both Air Force Academy and the Naval Academy – that's extremely rare.
A: I don't come from a military family, so my family wasn't really leaning either way. It was a really tough choice because they are both such good schools. I went and visited the Naval Academy and felt that it was a really good fit for me.
Q: How many years do you have to serve after college?
A: It's five years active duty and three years reserve. It will be an adventure. That's one of the reasons I wanted to go to the Naval Academy. I've talked to so many military people and all of them have said, “I wouldn't change anything.” That was a pretty big factor for me, I want to look back on my life with no regrets.
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