Mindy James, 11, sixth grade, Cedar Way Elementary

Mixed emotions: Has attended Cedar Way Elementary School in Mountlake Terrace from kindergarten through sixth grade. Is sensing the end of a chapter in her life. “Some of us will go to different middle schools, and I might not see some of them (classmates) again.”

New kid on campus: Will attend Brier Terrace Middle School this fall. “I’m a little nervous, but I think I will do fine. It’s just there will be all the classes you have to take, and it’s different when you just have had one class.”

Fond memories: Enjoyed fifth grade in teacher Maggie Conner’s class. She made learning fun. Remembers social studies lessons with a “Who Wants to be a Millionaire?” game-show format. Prizes ranged from candy to getting to sit where you wanted in class.

Good sport: Plays softball, basketball and soccer. Likes playing point guard in basketball and is a catcher on a select softball team that recently traveled to Wenatchee and will go to Yakima this summer. Principal Hawk Cramer notices that Mindy is the first girl chosen by boys in recess games because of her athletic abilities, and she is able to calm them down when they have a dispute.

Changing attire: “I used to be a girly-girl, but now I never wear dresses or anything, except to church.”

Alas, poor Porky: Had a goldfish, which recently died. It was named Porky for its voracious appetite that made it hard for other fish to find food.

Favorite movie: “Harry Potter” series. Her favorite character is Ron.

Summer plans: Playing softball, riding bikes, including trips to 7-Eleven for cola Slurpees, and family vacations to Canada and Ocean Shores. “I can hardly wait.”

Away from school: Favorite thing to do besides sports is play cards, particularly pinochle, with her family.

Pen to paper: Likes to collect autographs. Prized signature is from Jennie Finch, a pitcher with the U.S. women’s national softball team.

Favorite book: “A Child Called It” by Dave Pelzer. “It’s about a boy who is mistreated. It was good, but it’s a real sad book. It’s hard to imagine how that felt.”

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