Super student: Carries a 4.0 grade-point average, heads the school’s National Honor Society chapter and handles a schedule with four college-level advanced placement classes in biology, English, German and statistics. “That’s just what I do.”
Favorite: Enjoys advanced placement English the most because of his teacher, Justin Fox-Bailey.
Business leader: Competed with the Future Business Leaders of America club the last three years in business law, international business and now global business. Finished in first place in past. “It’s not that hard. It’s studying and taking a test.”
Budding author: Writes short stories. Won a Gold Key award as a sophomore in the countywide Scholastic Art Awards. Story was of an honors student who discovers he’s dying after sleeping a lot. Humorous but ended in the character’s death. “That was depressing.” Submitted a portfolio this year in hopes of earning a scholarship.
Punctuation problems: Thought he’d write a book once. But not after a “misadventure,” where he started a novel in seventh grade and made it to 80 pages by ninth grade. “I read the first 10 pages and it was awful. There were no periods.”
Future: “I don’t see (writing) as a career because I think I’d be better at something else.” Plans to always write, though, on his own time.
College plans: Applied to six schools, including Brown University, Harvard University and the University of Washington. Brown is his first choice. “You can learn whatever you want to. Every class has someone who wants to be there. … Plus, Providence (R.I.) is awesome.”
School activities: Also takes part in Safe Ride and Panther Pals. The latter links teens with elementary school students. At a Halloween event, his pal ran between the doughnut-eating and pie-throwing contests. “I made him throw the pie because I knew the girl.”
He’ll be there: Watches television an estimated 40 hours a week, “more TV than anyone I know.” Favorite show of all time is “Friends.” Owns two trivia games and has seven of the 10 seasons so far.
Also enjoys: “Scrubs” and “Arrested Development,” as well as “Studio 60” – because of Matthew Perry, but only at first.
On watching TV: “I think it makes me smarter. I learned where Yemen is from ‘Friends.’ TV is how you use it.”
Youngest: Has an older brother and sister, but his senior portrait is center and slightly above theirs. “I’m the baby.”
Pet: Just got a new puppy, Charlie, after losing old dog, Bailey, both named for “Party of Five” TV show characters.
Hidden talent: Knows how to make balloon animals after a job blowing up balloons at Party City. Twisting them into dogs wasn’t in the job description. “I was just bored.”
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