Super Kid: Emily Barney, Lake Stevens High School

Q: How is your senior year going?

A: It’s really good. It’s a lot different than what I expected it to be. I would have never expected to be up in front of people talking at assemblies or being a cheerleader and dancing. It’s kind of overwhelming to realize you’re almost done being in high school, but I’m excited.

Q: What is your favorite class and why?

A: I have honors CAI and CWI classes, which are Contemporary American Issues and Contemporary World Issues. Those are our government and history classes and my favorite classes. I’ve never been in a class where the teacher can lecture the entire period and I’m actually interested in what he’s saying. Just in what he says and how he talks about issues, Mr. Hodgins makes it relevant to what’s going on now, so you’re more interested. I’ve learned the most in that class out of all my classes, for sure.

Q: Tell me about cheerleading.

A: I tried out at the end of my junior year. One of my friends convinced me. I absolutely love it. I’m always pretty outgoing and peppy, but I never thought I’d be that good at it. I learned a lot and made a lot of good new friends. Football is my favorite sport of all time and so being able to cheer for the football season was awesome, especially since we had such a good year. Being able to be down there and to dance and cheer for everyone was probably the highlight of my senior year. Or one them, at least.

Q: Did you have a dance background before cheerleading?

A: I took little baby dance classes, but they really weren’t anything. It was more me pretending to dance and thinking I was really good at it.

Q: I hear you’re working hard outside of school too.

A: Yes, I’ve had a job since I was a sophomore. I worked at Baskin-Robbins for almost a year, and now I work at Ixtapa, a Mexican restaurant. I’ve always had a job throughout my whole high school life. It’s kind of annoying sometimes when you’re like, ‘I wish I could go do that’ or ‘I wish I could go hang out with my friends,’ but then you realize it’s giving you the life skills that you need to have a job later in life.

Q: Is it ever hard to balance school and work?

A: At some times it was. At Baskin-Robbins you close at 10 p.m. I would be there until 10 p.m on weeknights, so I would have to bring my homework there and study while I was working, or stay up late and study after I got home from work. I would constantly be lugging my backpack to and from work so I could do my homework. I always have to have good grades, and I could never get behind on my school work or else I would just stress myself out. It was sometimes hard, but I think I managed pretty well.

Q: What are your grades?

A: I have all As. I got one B in my whole life and it was awful. That was in my advanced placement U.S. History class last year. Mr. Talley, who just recently passed, was the teacher and he was awesome. He did a really good job, but the essays and things like that were just so different than I was used to writing.

Q: Are you planning to go to the prom?

A: Yes, I’m excited. I borrowed a dress from a girl who graduated a couple of years ago and got it all fixed up. It should be fun.

Q: What are your plans after graduation?

A: I’ve been looking at living in Santa Cruz, Calif., with my mom. I really like the whole feeling of the area. I don’t have anything that I’m really particularly interested in studying yet, so I’m just going to go to a community college and figure that out. I’ll probably work and get residency before I go to school. I can’t really afford to go to school right away so I might as well feel it out and get the hang of a new city.

We went there over spring break, and it was so cool. Just the whole atmosphere was totally me and I can just see myself living down there. I’ll possibly transfer to a university later. I’m interested in international studies or psychology or English. I’m going to take some classes and see which ones I fit best in.

Q: Are you thinking of doing any traveling?

A: My sister is a huge travel buff. She really wants me to travel with her, and we want to go to Germany because we know some people in Munich, maybe experience Oktoberfest and the culture. And then possibly go to Ireland, Scotland and Prague. I really want to travel. My ultimate goal is to go to Australia. It’s just so intriguing. That’s definitely somewhere I want to be able to live at some point in my life.

Q: If you could meet someone famous, who would that be?

A: I would love to meet Jennifer Aniston. She’s my favorite actress. Also, I would love to meet Betty White. I think she’s the funniest lady, and I would love to just talk to her.

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