Chad Johnson, Cascade High School

Senior leader: In the school’s leadership class for the first time this year, working with the Associated Student Body to organize activities. “We run the school, pretty much – all the assemblies, after-school things.” Keeps him busy. This spring was simultaneously co-chairman of the spring student-officer elections and the sold-out talent show.

On top of that: Was on the varsity wrestling team and served as captain this year. Also works two jobs for a total of about 20 hours per week. One is at a composting facility in Maple Valley; the other is at Baskin-Robbins. “They’re two ends of the spectrum – shoveling dirt and scooping ice cream.”

In his spare time: “Lately I’ve been really getting into mountain biking.” After going on a road trip along Hood River, he and friends now bike on trails near Boeing. “It’s a good workout and I like just the thrill of flying down the hill.”

Commuter: Also rides his bike to school whenever the weather permits, about a 31/2-mile trek each morning.

Angelic: Likes playing “Halo 2” on the Xbox with his friends, though he’s not as good as they are. His friends last Christmas bought him his own gaming system, figuring “then we’ll actually have competition.”

Who he looks up to: Student activities adviser Roberta Hasstedt “works really hard. She puts in so much time she’s practically paying the school to do her job.” Reminds him of his dad. And those kinds of people also seem to have the greatest impact on others. “It instills a good work ethic. It’s something to aspire to.”

College plans: Accepted at the University of Washington, but is choosing Western Washington University after visiting its campus. “It’s really pretty.” As for a career, “I change my mind every month or two.” Right now is planning on finances, encompassing several business concepts. “It seems like a good thing to make you well rounded.”

Until then: Trying to concentrate on his classes after “drifting a little” from his A-level work so far. “I plan to try and maintain my grades where they’re at … and have some fun, because I’ve been so busy the last 31/2 years.”

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