Shawna Held, 16, junior, Everett High School

Making the sale: As president of DECA, a school business and marketing club, she organizes meetings and oversees the student store. “DECA is not really known around our school. People think it’s dorky because they think it’s all about business. But I’ve learned to market myself – to speak in front of people and look confident. DECA rocks.”

Good business: Starting in January, the club’s store will sell Athena-brand bottled water. “Every profit you make goes directly to breast cancer research. It’s so cool.”

Sports nut: Plays varsity softball and runs cross-country. Loves baseball and watches ESPN’s “Baseball Tonight” religiously. But not a Mariners fan; prefers the Oakland A’s. “I just think they have more depth.”

Alter ego No. 1: Volunteers with the AssisTeens, an arm of the Assistance League of Everett. Had a “rush” party for new members with costumes centered on the theme of reality TV shows. She was Donald Trump. “I had my hair all crazy. … I had the ugly suit, the pink tie.” But didn’t repeat his trademark line “You’re fired.” “I had to be the nice Donald Trump.”

Alter ego No. 2: Loves Lucille Ball of “I Love Lucy” fame. “Lucille Ball was a comic genius.” As junior-varsity captain for the cross-country team, dubbed her charges “neo-Lucy’s.” “I dyed my hair red for two years because of her – it’s borderline obsession.”

Mentors: Include teacher Tara Quackenbush, whom she had in eighth grade. “She really got me into feminism and appreciating women who are strong.” But she also looks to other teachers, coaches, her family and friends. “I have a lot of people who inspire me.”

Deadhead: Loves classic rock, especially Led Zeppelin and the Beatles. Lately has taken in live concerts of current bands, as well. “Whoa, they’re not dead.”

Impresses her peers: “The first time I met her, I’m like, ‘She’s so hyper!’” says fellow DECA member Maria Bermudez, 17, a senior. “But she makes my day. She cares not just about herself. She wants everyone to succeed.”

Where her hyper energy comes from: “Things I’m passionate about, I always have energy for. I don’t want to do anything I’m not passionate about. Even though you do have to take math class.”

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