Keeping the books: Tara Harrington said her experience as student body treasurer has her thinking about majoring in business at the University of Washington. “It just kind of opened up a lot of opportunities. I got to work with a million-dollar budget. I was thinking about architecture, but it totally swayed me the other way.”
Stepping up: She also was vice president of her class in previous grades.
Involved: Other activities include playing for the golf team and working with several clubs, such as LINK crew, which helps freshmen adjust to high school; Panther Pals, which pairs high school and elementary school students; National Honor Society; and RAKE, which stands for Random Acts of Kindness Etc.
Life lessons: Government and economics with teacher Tuck Gionet has been her most difficult class. “It’s hard, but it is stuff I will really use in life.”
Learning to lobby: As part of the government class, she helped draft a bill and lobby state lawmakers. The proposal would have prohibited commercial signs within 25 feet of crosswalks to lesson distractions an increase pedestrian safety. Lobbying in Olympia “was real eye-opening. The legislators are just normal people.”
Home grown: She has attended Snohomish schools from the start, going to Cascade View Elementary, Centennial Middle School, Snohomish Freshmen Campus and Snohomish High School.
Growing close: She has an older sister, Ashley, 22, who she has learned from over the years. “I was always like the pestering little sister who was always around.”
On the job: She works as a hostess at Contos Pizza and Pasta restaurant in Lake Stevens. She had a second job as a tutor at Kumon learning center before golf season.
Favorite author: Dan Brown.
Big trip: She will spend part of her summer with teachers and classmates on a 30-day tour of Europe.
Free time: Tara enjoys snowboarding and taking walks with friends on the Centennial Trail.
Where’s the beef?: “I have never eaten a hamburger or cheeseburger in my life.” Tara said she is not a vegetarian. She just doesn’t like beef.
Eric Stevick: 425-339-3446, firstname.lastname@example.org.