Kenny Becker, 12, seventh grade, Centennial Middle School, Snohomish

“Selfless”: Teachers call him “very selfless.” Stood outside a grocery store for three hours each day for three days, playing Christmas carols on a tenor saxophone for the school’s food drive. Brought in the most food items – 1,014 – of any student, including 700 bags of ramen noodles. “It was only 10 cents a bag so it was pretty cheap.”

Brrrrr: “It was cold. I had to keep going inside to warm up my hands so I could play. It was hard to get a sound because my lips were frozen.”

Jazz beginner: Playing a rented saxophone for four months and is in beginning band class. Hopes to get his own saxophone someday and be accepted next year into the school’s jazz band.

Excels in math: Math is his favorite subject because it’s his best. He is a year ahead, taking eighth-grade math. Currently covering probability and ratios.

Active in sports: Quarterback and safety for the football team. Also plays baseball, basketball.

Active at home, too: “Me and my friends play ‘tennis baseball’ outside, a game we made up.” Basically, baseball played with a tennis ball and racket. Hit a house, you’re out. Hit the ball over a house, a home run. Break a window? Out for the season. No broken windows so far, but six home runs. Also likes to play laser tag outside with friends.

And, of course: Has an Xbox and loves “Halo 2.” And enjoys Harry Potter books and movies.

Confession: Admits picking on his 8-year-old sister. “But she picks on me all the time.”

When he grows up: Wants to attend Navy’s college program. Dad was in the Navy. And wants to travel the country. So far has seen Hawaii – he was born there and lived there until age 4 – California and Texas.

Heroes: Mom and dad are tops. They’re always there for him. Also credits his teachers.

Interesting fact: Dabbles in magic tricks. “I have a deck of just threes of clubs.” Oops. Well, most people guess that one, anyway.

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