By Eric Stevick Herald Writer
A nice mix: Krissa spent much of her elementary school years in the Edmonds School District’s Challenge program for academically gifted students. She was home-schooled during middle school before enrolling at Lynnwood High School, where she has been able to take many challenging classes. “I love learning at a high level.”
Lots of rigor: Her schedule includes chamber orchestra, college-level advanced placement classes in studio art, literature and composition, and calculus. She also takes second-year American Sign Language, and a social studies class that includes history, economics and current events.
Loves music Krissa plays the viola and piano. She also teaches piano. “Piano is definitely my favorite.”
Her own take: Her senior project includes arranging and notating hymns and Christmas songs. Most are piano solos, but she also has arranged a version of “Away in a Manger” for violin, viola and cello.
College plans: Brigham Young University. She is undecided on a major, but is considering communications. She hopes to minor in music.
Shutterbug: Her studio art class is advanced photography. She likes to compose all sorts of images from nature to abstract. “I love color and contrast.”
New digs: Krissa enjoys the new Lynnwood High School campus more than the old one near Alderwood Mall. “What I love about this building is the lighting. It just feels so much more fresh.”
Fun wheels: She drives the same car her older brother and sister drove to school. It’s a 1989 Toyota Corolla she likes to call “The Little Blue Buggy.” She drives her sophomore brother to school, and he’ll get the car next year.
Favorite book: The Book of Mormon.
On the run: Krissa competed in cross country and track for most of high school. The best part was being on the team of nice people and being involved in a sport where everyone supports each other, she said.
Caring for critters: Much of her childhood was spent milking the family’s goats and feeding and tending to the chickens. It had its rewards, such as the goat milk ice cream the family would share.
Odd talent: Krissa can twist her feet behind her and walk.
Horse lover: As a child, she always wanted a horse. She saved her money and learned everything she could about horses. She even learned horse massage techniques. “I would try them out on people and goats.”
Eric Stevick: 425-339-3446, firstname.lastname@example.org