Danielle Hansen, 12, Marysville Middle School, sixth grade

Tip your ‘Hi-Cap’ to her: Danielle has been a "Hi-Cap" student, short for "Highly-Capable," since fourth grade. She’s getting straight A’s, despite adjusting to middle school life after six years in elementary school.

What up, dog?: She loves dogs, especially her 6-year-old St. Bernard, Maggie. She spends a bunch of her free time reading books about dogs, preparing Maggie for dog shows, and watching episodes of "Breed All About It," a TV show about dogs that airs Saturday and Sunday mornings on Animal Planet.

4-H kid: When she adopted Maggie nearly five years ago, Danielle didn’t know how to handle such a big dog. She got involved in 4-H and its "Precious Paws" program, which gives her some dog training tips, helps her get Maggie ready for shows, and gets her involved in the community. She’s now helping her little brother train the family’s nearly 1-year-old chocolate lab for shows.

Community server: Danielle has been involved in pet food drives for no-kill animal shelters, and in fund-raisers to help supply Marysville Police Department’s police dogs with food and equipment.

Fantasy land: She enjoys reading and writing books about fantasy. "I like dragons and unicorns, and stuff like that," she said. "I’ve always thought that was kind of cool. It’s different from everything that goes on in the world."

She’s got her eye on the ball: After a fifth-grade science project, in which she and classmates dissected sheep eyeballs, Maggie won a drawing to take one of the leftover eyes home. She and her mom, Holly Carlson, had to scramble that night to figure out how to keep it preserved. The eye now sits in an alcohol-filled mason jar on a shelf in her bedroom.

Flying high: She enjoys taking flights with her dad, Mike Hansen, who is getting his pilot’s license. "I like going all over Marysville and seeing all the houses," she said. "They look like little dots."

What does the future hold?: She wants to be with dogs, whether she’s showing them or just keeping them as pets. She’s thought about becoming a veterinarian, but at this point, she’s going "wherever the road takes me."

Know a super kid? Call us at 425-339-3036 or schoolfyi@heraldnet.com.

DAN BATES / The Herald

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