Question: What classes are you taking?
Answer: I start off my schedule early in the morning with zero-hour entrepreneurship, which is running the student store. Next I go to economics and then biology is after that and pre-calc, then an AP World History class, advanced multimedia, which does the video announcements for our school, and then finish off the day with Honors English.
Q: Have you thought about college?
A: Not a whole lot, but I definitely know I want to go to college and get a degree under my belt.
Q: What careers interest you?
A: I'm interested in being in the technology sector, whether that means some sort of computer management or broadcast technology, something like that.
Q: What do your folks do?
A: My dad is a sheet metal journeyman, and my mother manages the front desk and billing department at an eye clinic.
Q: What do you like to do for fun?
A: I'm really interested in computers. I don't get a whole lot of free time, so I use it wisely, like reading. I like to spend time outside, too, when it's nice at least.
Q: What kind of books do you read?
A: I like dystopian future books, kind of like George Orwell, like that.
Q: Do you learn more toward math and science or arts or English?
A. I definitely lean more toward math and science, but not so much traditional science. I'm more interested in computer science and advanced sciences ... and I'll be taking a math class at (Everett Community College) next year.
Q: Is this your first AP class?
A: Yeah, the AP World (History) is the first class. I'll probably do AP literature or language, whatever the junior year class is. I'll probably do AP chemistry if I can at the high school, but the future is still up in the air.
Q: What kind of hobbies do you have? Do you have an after-school job?
A: I spend a lot of my free time working, so I try to work on my hobbies with what I work on. One of my hobbies is just working with computers. For the (school) district, I am working on a new website as well. At the high school, me and my two friends started streaming sports live on the Internet, so that's another hobby I've taken up ... I really try to only work on something if it aligns with my interests.
Q: How did you end up working for the school district?
A: In eighth grade, I started volunteering in the IT department, and over the summer, they needed an extra set of hands, so I was able to work for them instead of just volunteering.
Q: What projects are you excited about?
A: Video announcements at the high school. I was able to start up that program ... Every Friday, we put out another four- to six-minute video, whether it's news for the week or funny skits to convey the news a little better.
Q: You're in Future Business Leaders of America, too, right?
A: Last year, I placed at the regional level, at the state level and at the nationals level. I ended up placing ninth at nationals. FBLA, to me, while it's a great traditional learning experience, I've also noticed that I'm able to develop a lot more from it if I go into it with a sense that I'm going to have an experience from it to tell .. At the end of the day, the tests are a test of your knowledge, but the FBLA organization does a great job of bringing everyone together ... to communicate and socialize. ... I'll be going to nationals this summer at the end of June.
Q: What are you excited about for junior year?
A: I'm taking a couple of classes at the college to further my education.
Q: Is that for Running Start? Why Running Start?
A: Classes that weren't available here at the high school, really just taking something that is more developed in my interests ... I figured if I could take a few classes at the college and a few classes at the high school, I can still get that high-school experience that everyone always talks about.
Q: Any other jobs you've had? You mentioned live-streaming sports.
A: That really covers a lot of my time. That's attending every home game.
Q: What are your plans for summer?
A: My family usually goes camping four or five times over the summer, and I'm going to Nashville for (FBLA) nationals, and hopefully being able to get together with friends, have a bonfire or two, maybe bond with the seniors who are leaving, before they get out of town.
Q: You mentioned you like to be outdoors?
A: Sometimes we go on hikes. We live real close to the Mountain Loop, so we can always drive up there and find a new trail to hike or to walk on, really just spur-of-the-moment stuff. I wouldn't say it's a big part of what I like to do, but it goes along with just being outdoors.
Q: What TV shows do you like?
A: “Breaking Bad” was pretty good. Shame that it finished up, but it ended on a high note. There's a web series I watch called “Red vs. Blue.” It's like a television show that's made inside of a video game. That's probably about it for episodic content.
Q: Do you think you'll live in Granite Falls after college?
A: I think I'd like to go somewhere out of state for college, but maybe come back to Seattle for the tech industry, or just see where the tech industry is in six years, because that's still quite a ways away.
Rikki King: 425-339-3449; firstname.lastname@example.org.
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