Ryan Sweet, 18, Snohomish High School

Impressive feat: Finished first among 30 high school students in a regional welding and metal fabrication competition for the Puget Sound area and will advance to state competition representing the Sno-Isle Tech Skills Center. Competition includes blueprint reading, fabrication and welding skills.

A fortuitous mix-up: Last year was accidentally placed in a welding class he had no intention of taking. Liked it enough to enroll half days at Sno-Isle, a public technical school attended by juniors and seniors from 42 high schools in Snohomish and Island counties. Plans to attend Everett Community College and enroll in its welding program next year.

Why welding? Welding is everywhere, from doorknobs to airplanes. "Anybody can do welding but it takes a certain skill to do it right… I just like working in the shop and working with my hands. I like the creative things you can do with it."

Favorite band: AC/DC.

School life: Earns average grades at Snohomish High School. Likes going to Sno-Isle each day and working in the shop with students from other school districts.

Academic inspiration: Best — and toughest teacher — has been Tuck Gionet, a government teacher at SHS. "He’s a hard teacher and he’s a pretty cool guy."

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

MICHAEL V. MARTINA / The Herald

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