To serve and protect: Wants to pursue a career in law enforcement. Is a member of the Edmonds Police Department’s Explorers program for young people interested in the profession. Joined the San Mateo, Calif., Explorers program when he was 14 before he moved to Mukilteo.
Patching things up: Started collecting law enforcement patches for extra credit as a junior taking a criminal justice class at Sno-Isle Tech Skills Center in south Everett. Class project turned into a major hobby. Now has more than 500 sent from agencies in 49 of 50 states, including Cornell University, the North Dakota Highway Patrol and Merced, Calif., where his great-grandfather was a police officer.
FBI exposure: Is spending this week at the National Law Enforcement Exploring FBI Leadership Academy in Quantico, Va. Will learn about several federal law enforcement agencies, including the FBI, U.S. Marshal’s Office, Secret Service and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. One of 30 Explorers from around the country selected to attend. “I feel pretty honored to go.”
Fore! Lives in an apartment alongside a golf course. Wayward balls sometimes end up on the second-story deck.
College plans: Will enroll at Cal State East Bay in California next fall and plans to double major in criminal justice and business and management. Could join the school’s Marines ROTC program as a sophomore. Figures business background can only help in law enforcement and after he retires.
House speaker: Attended National Young Leaders conference in Washington D.C. in March. Was chosen speaker of the House among 372 students for a mock Congress that passed its own health care legislation.
Fond memories: Began attending Kamiak as a sophomore after moving from California. Became president of Spanish Club, joined debate team and was a conflict mediator. “Kamiak is probably one of the greatest schools any student could go to. … They really want all their students to excel.”
Another perspective: Also enjoyed attending Sno-Isle Tech Skills Center for two years, in criminal justice as a junior and business as a senior.
Stayed busy: Worked at Albertsons since February of 2004. Was able to balance 25 to 30 hours of work with his class schedule and several activities.
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