Cheyenne Swanson, 17, Monroe High School

Sacrifices to help: Gave up tennis last school year so she had time to take her mother to four-hour dialysis sessions three days a week at Puget Sound Kidney Center in Mountlake Terrace. Was sad to let her favorite sport go but glad to help her mother. “If she didn’t have (the treatment), she wouldn’t be here.”

Comes naturally: “I just want to help out and make other people’s lives easier.”

Summer plans: Going with her sister to their mother’s native India to visit family and go to a cousin’s wedding. They typically go every two years or so. “It’s really fun over there. It’s cool to have family in other places, but I don’t have any family here. We don’t have family reunions or weddings. It’s just kind of us.”

Next year: Will play tennis again and is looking forward to a science-packed academic schedule, including advanced placement biology. “I love science.” Wants to be a biology teacher at a high school where she also could coach tennis and debate.

If stranded on a deserted island: Would want her chemistry teacher, Ken Morrison, there. “I learned so much useless information from him,” such as that honey is basically bee vomit. She figures he’d know some remote fact that would save them.

Happy birthday: Turned 17 last week. Parents made her an armoire for her bedroom. They built the house when she was a baby, and her bedroom has never had a closet. Right now the armoire has just one handle. Her golden retriever hid the other one, thinking it was a bone.

Honey don’t: Her dog, Honey, likes lots of inanimate objects, and took hold of her cell phone once. “She killed it beyond anything. She thought it tasted so good. But she’s a good dog.”

In the swing of things: There’s a swing hanging near the front door. When her parents were building the house, they needed something to keep the then-1-year-old happy. It ended up staying and is a hit with visitors.

Family: Credits parents Tim and Mary for raising her right. Looks up to younger sister Chara, 14, but only because she’s taller.

View on life: “I think I’m really lucky to have all that I have.”

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